Mayor Muriel Bowser has long made clear that she supports Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton as the next leader of the United States, telling NBC4’s Mark Segraves in December that Clinton would be “one of the best prepared presidents ever.” So, when the Clinton campaign announced last week that it would ramp up its pre-primary efforts in the District, pundits might have guessed that the mayor would make a few Clinton-themed appearances before June 14, when voters go to the polls.
In line with those expectations, Bowser will appear at the opening of two Clinton offices on Wednesday, one at 1919 M St. NW and the other at 1227 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. The ceremonies will follow a Clinton op-ed published in the Washington Informer last Wednesday, in which she declared her committment to advocating for D.C. statehood if elected this fall.
Former Bowser staffer LaDavia Drane will work as a special adviser on Clinton’s D.C. campaign, the Washington Post reported.
Update 4:10 p.m.: In addition to Bowser, D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton and 10 D.C. Councilmembers officially endorsed the former Secretary of State on Monday, according to the Clinton campaign. Those officials include Phil Mendelson, Kenyan McDuffie, Jack Evans, Vincent Orange, Mary Cheh, Yvette Alexander, Charles Allen, Brianne Nadeau, LaRuby May, and Brandon Todd—”every Democratic city council member that [is] able to endorse in the Democratic primary,” per a release.
“This election is about giving working families a fair shot, and Hillary Clinton has spent her career making sure that they have a seat at the table and she will be their greatest advocate in the White House,” Bowser said in a statement, echoing the title of her fiscal year 2017 budget. Said Mendelson: “Hillary Clinton has long been a friend to the District, supporting full autonomy and voting representation in Congress. She is also a proven national leader.”