The Wilson Building, viewed from Freedom Plaza Credit: Darrow Montgomery

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This week in the wacky world of D.C. politico speak:

  • “The whitest guy in Washington played the race card and it worked for him.” —Shadow Sen. Michael D. Brown on D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, who beat Brown in an at-large race in 2010. [Post]
  • “Better than Trump’s inaugural.” —Mendelson on the Washington Capitals parade on Tuesday. [Twitter]
  • “The District of Columbia currently has a vacuum of executive leadership on public education, and you have done nothing to fix that.” —At-Large D.C. Councilmember and Education Committee Chair David Grosso to Mayor Muriel Bowser. [Twitter]
  • “What this work amounts to is the creation of a new kind of DCPS high school experience.” —D.C. Public Schools Interim Chancellor Amanda Alexander on reform efforts. [Twitter]
  • “I just think I’m just anointed for this time.” —Long-shot mayoral candidate Ernest Johnson. [WAMU]
  • “She does expect to be mayor, and she wants to have people buy into her program and realize there’s a reason to be optimistic and be hopeful.” —Bowser campaign chairman Bill Lightfoot on why the campaign spent so much money this election cycle. [Post]
  • “It’s all of them.” —Little-known Ward 5 D.C. Council candidate LaMonica Jeffrey on which District agency is most in need of an overhaul. [WCP]
  • “I’m all about that Boese.” —Supporters of Ward 1 D.C. Council candidate Kent Boese in campaign video. [Twitter]
  • “We never get the type of national attention we deserve at these national conventions, and that’s a national shame.” —Ward 8 activist Philip Pannell on the state of the D.C. Democratic State Committee. [WCP]