Michael Brown All But Declares Mayoral Candidacy

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    D.C. Councilman Michael A. Brown

    Michael Brown All But Declares Mayoral Candidacy was originally published on City Desk on Feb. 23, 2010, at 6:07 pm


    "I'm pretty certain, if the mayor wins the primary, I would probably run against him," said At-Large Councilmember Michael A. Brown this afternoon on Bruce DePuyt's NewsTalk program on NewsChannel 8.

    He later added: "I'm not there yet. I'm trying to be the best councilmember I can be."

    It would be a quixotic run at best. No non-Democrat has won a citywide office regularly scheduled citywide race, except for those at-large councilmembers who, like Brown, have taken advantage of protected non-Democrat set-asides. Assuming Fenty draws a legitimate Democratic challenger and proceeds to beat him or her, it's unclear how the addition of non-Democratic votes could put Brown over the top.

    But, hey, a race is a race. Brown expounded on a potential platform a bit -- "We need to talk about a different kind of transparency in government." -- adding that, as mayor, he would keep Michelle Rhee as schools chancellor, "but change her governing style."

    Dunno how Rhee would feel about that.