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Muriel Bowser: “A Lot of Our Friends Were With Other Candidates…I’ll Be Their Mayor, Too”


Declaring victory in the race for the Democratic mayoral nomination, Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser sought to unite the fractious Democratic field ahead of November's general election.

"A lot of our friends were with other candidates," Bowser said in her victory speech. "And it's my job to let them know that I'll be their mayor, too."

The final tallies weren't quite done yet, but with 127 of 143 precincts reporting, Bowser was ahead Mayor Vince Gray 44.1 percent to 32.3 percent.

She asked her supporters to cheer for Gray and other rivals Tommy Wells, Jack Evans, Vincent OrangeAndy Shallal, and Reta Lewis. (She inexplicably left Carlos Allen out.) Facing a challenge from independent David Catania, her colleague on the D.C. Council, Bowser is hoping to win the endorsements of her primary opponents. She held her victory party at Imagine Southeast Public Charter School in Congress Heights, across the city from the ward she represents.

If she didn't seem too terribly worried, though, that may be because the city's voters are 75 percent Democrats, and polls show she'd beat Catania easily.

"The residents of the District of Columbia have always elected a Democratic mayor, a Democratic president, in big numbers," Bowser said. "We've got to do it again in November!"

In her speech, Bowser sounded a few campaign themes that largely aligned with Gray's priorities in office. "We believe in health care for all and marriage equality and a sustainable D.C.," she said. "We believe that taxation without representation is un-American."

But she sought to differentiate herself from Gray on his biggest weakness in the race, the shadow campaign to elect him in 2010 that drew accusations of corruption (and has seen several of the mayor's former advisors plead guilty to federal criminal charges).

"We believe," she said, "that our mayor must command the moral authority to lead."

Photo by Aaron Wiener

  • Debdia

    Go Muriel!!!!

  • the checkered demon

    Hopefully, thanks to Ms. Bowser, we have to endure perhaps only one more news cycle of pathetic whining by Chuck Thies from his parallel universe...

  • http://www.nationalsprospects.com jasoneducator

    Let's just say I'm a democrat for now. I'll be calling Mr. Catania today to see what he plans to do on the day he got this very bad news.

  • Jane

    But where's Noodlez?!

  • GoldCoastKid

    Where are you?

    I told you.. Bowser in 2014.

  • Asuka

    Noodlez is with his down-lo broths Tony. The two of them are crying and sucking. You crooked fuckers really thought you could steal an election and get away with it? This city has changed permanently and for the better. Chocolate City is finished, thank God. Now we'll really have "One City."

  • Roscoe’s Wetsuit
  • Roscoe’s Wetsuit

    LL: Please clear the moderation queue. I hate to do this, but today is going to be too funny not to. Thanks!

  • Roscoe’s Wetsuit

    @tony: Again, Mayor Gray served this city well and he will always be remembered as one of the most effective Mayor this city has ever had.

    HA HA HA HA! Nope, sorry. Gray's just a one-termer who'll be indicted. Gotta be a tough morning for the onecitidiots.

    Today is the culmination of the removal of the one city block in DC politics. No more Kwame, HTJ, Vince. Marion's left with even less influence than he had previously, as his influence (or lack thereof) has been clearly demonstrated.

    Only Yvette is standing, and she's the least influential (and least bright) councilmember.

    Combine all of this with Graham being gone too and it's a great day for DC politics.

  • NE John

    And the stinking campaign signs are coming down!

  • NE John

    It ain't over until I see Orange's numbers!

  • Graham crackers and warm milk before bed

    Will phinis jones be the east of the river deputy mayor?

  • Tbonebullets

    Bowser! BOW-zer! Bow-ZER!!

  • tony

    @Roscoe's Wetsuit,

    You’re living in a fucking fantasy world if you or anyone else believes that this is the end of strong black leadership in this city.

    This event creates the opportunity for young black Washingtonians to assume leadership roles in this city. And that’s exactly what’s going on.

    The new black leaders who will be emerging in the next few weeks will be a good thing for black Washingtonians.

    It’s not over. In fact, the political fight for the preservation of black life in this city has just begun.

    Mark my word!

  • Roscoe’s Wetsuit


    I absolutely welcome and expect a new generation of strong black leadership in DC - that would be fantastic - for ALL Washingtonians.

    What I am excited about now is the end of the One City era, which was defined largely by how much each of the One City bloc could take as opposed to how effectively they could govern.

    Vince's latest failure brings to a close an era that while not ruining the city, held it back. As I said before, onward and upward.

  • stick2yourguns

    WE ARE ALL DOOMED NOW IF CATANIA DOESN'T WIN...Thank God the November election is not a party election and people don't have to switch parties and can vote for whoever you want.

  • http://Www.DCLibertarians2014.blogspot.com Bruce Majors, Libertarian for Mayor

    Bowser's win was much larger than any prediction I saw from any poll, pundit or reporter. I think Will Sommer's may be correct in his speculation that Washington Post and other polling in DC is defective, as so many new DC residents have cell phones only with area codes from their previous state.

  • drez

    Catania is already trying to fund raise off of this. He will shortly discover how very little support he has when matched against a strong democratic nominee such as Muriel.

  • Ward 5 Resident

    Congratulations Muriel, so proud of you!

  • CataniaIsNEXT

    Thank you Tony!!!!!

  • Kes

    @Bruce, I don't know where the pollers get their list of cell numbers, but I have a non-DC area code, and I got hit up by campaigners from Gray three times, and from Bowser once. (Gray's phone-bankers, BTW, were really, really uncommunicative and unenthusiastic. If I'd been considering voting for him, they would not have been persuasive.) I think the polling was probably accurate, it was the low voter turnout (less than 25%! C'mon DC!) that skewed the results to favor Bowser more strongly than the general electorate really felt.

  • SayWhat

    Muriel, you stayed focus and didn't major in minors and the citizens of the District of Columbia rewarded you for it. Go Mayor Bowser. I definitely get used to calling you that!

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  • Terry Miller

    Muriel Bowsyer owes her victory to the Washington Post. Vincent Gray will be vindicated but it will be too late. As it was famously said, "where do I go to get my reputation back?" That being said I will support Bowsyer versus Catania any day of the week.

  • Bellevue

    Soooooo, let me guess - Walmart will not sign that Skyland lease now. There's no reason to. They promised Gray and he lost the primary. Smart move to delay the lease by tying it up in 'negotiations.'