Credit: Photograph by Darrow Montgomery

Laugh if you must, but back in January, you’d have played your hand exactly like Sekou Biddle did. The political hopeful buddied up to the pols who’d just won electoral landslides, using their blessings to score a vacant D.C. Council seat. Alas, his patrons promptly became entangled in scandal and Brown paid the price at the polls, losing an April special election. (He didn’t do himself any favors by running a sloppy campaign.) Is Biddle the Bad Luck Chuck of D.C. politics, too Fenty-like for the African-American base and too Kwame-friendly to win white voters? He thinks not: Biddle is planning another run, and this time is positioning himself as the ethical antidote to the mess his 2011 backers helped create.