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You don’t have to be a political genius to imagine what Muriel Bowser might want to do with FreshPAC’s $300,000 war chest in next year’s D.C. Council elections. Still, the mayor is being cagey about her intentions anyway.
LL asked Bowser today whether she’ll use the political action committee to oust councilmembers (like, say, At-Large Councilmember David Grosso).
“I’ve always supported sitting councilmembers,” Bowser replied.
OK. But in past races, Bowser hasn’t had mayoral fundraising powers, a PAC, or a legislative agenda that depends on sympathetic councilmembers.
She also didn’t have to deal with two Green Team councilmembers looking for her financial help (Ward 4’s Brandon Todd and Ward 8’s LaRuby May), two more potentially looking to cozy up to the Green Team (At-Large Councilmember Vincent Orange and Ward 7’s Yvette Alexander), and a threatened D.C. Council run from Bowser antagonist Vince Gray.
When LL asked whether Bowser would change her position on incumbents next year, Bowser demurred, saying she had already answered LL’s question.
Bowser practiced some similar verbal judo on LL when he asked whether Bowser had considered calls from her usual allies on the Washington Post editorial board to shut down the PAC, which can take unlimited individual donations until the end of the year.
“I understand the PAC is operating according to the law,” Bowser said.
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