On Dec. 6, select Adams Morgan residents opened their e-mail to find a generous offer from the Diner: “[H]ave a cocktail on us before going to vote.” To get the free drink, the 18th Street NW eatery asked only proof of eligibility to vote in a Dec. 7 special election for advisory neighborhood commissioner. And one other thing: “If you live in this area or have friends who do,” reads the e-mail, “PLEASE encourage them to vote for Jonathan Halstuch.” The Diner’s get-out-the-vote enthusiasm, it turns out, was largely driven by its antipathy toward Halstuch’s opponent, Wilson Reynolds, who lives behind the restaurant and has challenged the renewal of its liquor license in order to protest its deliveries, which he says are too early and too loud and block traffic in his alley. The Diner promo, which a spokesperson for the D.C. elections office confirms is legal, was ultimately ineffective—Reynolds won by three votes. This reporter, says manager Jesse Hamilton, was the only person to take up the offer. —Ryan Grim