The Wilson Building, viewed from Freedom Plaza
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:

  • “Babies have a way of letting you know that they’re in control.” —Mayor Muriel Bowser in announcing that she has adopted a newborn (reportedly a girl named Miranda Elizabeth Bowser, which means the baby shares Bowser’s initials). [WUSA9, Post]
  • “[W]e wish all the best to @MayorBowser and #BabyBowser. Our warm thoughts and high hopes go out to both mother and child. Mayor Bowser’s love for the District was apparent…now she’ll love the District *as* a parent!” —@councilofDC puns following Bowser adoption news. [Twitter]
  • “Fantastic evening at pool party celebrating the Pools Without Penalties Act.” —Ward 7 Councilmember Vince Gray, chair of the Council’s health committee, on shepherding laxer regulations on pools located at residential buildings. [TwitterLIMS]
  • “Elections are a little weird in the country these days, and I don’t want to take anything for granted.” —D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, at an event for his re-election campaign. [Twitter
  • “I think the executive is trying to score some political points with their letter.” —Mendelson on whether the Council would change new tax proposals in the fiscal year 2019 budget before a final vote next week, after Bowser raised concerns. [Post]
  • “Another day, another deadline missed. … These continuing failures to provide answers to simple questions betray a troubling lack of urgency on the part of [D.C. Public Schools] and the Executive in addressing the education challenges facing our city.” —At-Large Councilmember David Grosso, who chairs the Council’s education committee, on the Bowser administration not providing information he requested. [Twitter]
  • “We are only going to move forward if there is honesty.” —D.C. Auditor Kathy Patterson on whether “D.C. is now the fastest improving school district in the nation,” as Bowser has tenuously claimed. [Post]
  • “There was a lot of blood shed, triumph, and heart breaks that allows me to do what I do so I/we owe up. I stand with my family against the Washingtonian ! We will never allow you to change our narrative #dcnative #dcnativephotoshoot #GreaterSEBorn #TheRealDC.” —Ward 8 Councilmember Trayon White, participating in a demonstration against a recent Washingtonian marketing campaign that did not feature African Americans. [Facebook, WCP, WUSA9]
  • “Denise, I and other council members have stood up against antisemitism including issuing a press statement from the steps of Wilson building just prior to the May 8 legislative meeting. Perhaps media prefers to highlight Councilmember [Elissa] Silverman.” —At-Large Councilmember Anita Bonds, apparently tweeting something that she meant to send in a direct message. [Twitter]
  • “I don’t really care if no other place does it, I’m asking whether we should do it, because maybe that would be fairer.” —Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh, who chairs the Council’s environment committee, on whether D.C. should foot the bill for a stormwater-runoff fee that is causing churches and nonprofits financial hardship. [NBC4]
  • “[T]hey pulled out hula-hoops, so I showed them what I had.” —At-Large Councilmember Robert White gyrates at community event. [Twitter]