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The Jimmy Calomiris ’16 campaign will soon be no more. Weeks after LL reported on Calomiris’ past assault charge and positive cocaine tests and four months before he would have faced incumbent at-large councilmember David Grosso in the general election, Calomiris plans to drop out of the race.
Calomiris, 51, will quit later this week, according to a campaign staffer who spoke to LL.
Calomiris’ plan to win one of the the citywide D.C. Council seats reserved for non-Democrats ran into trouble last month, when LL reported on his decade-old arrest, allegedly for throwing his girlfriend into a wall and hitting her in the face.
He eventually plead guilty, and failed multiple drug tests for cocaine while under court supervision. One wag prominent in District political circles said the criminal background fatally wounded Calomiris’ chances against Grosso.
“I made a mistake,” Calomiris said in June about the assault. “I’m not hiding from it.”