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“We’re going to kick David Catania’s ass!”The late Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry, repeatedly.

“Tom Sherwood and Harry Jaffe are trying to exploit me, and I’m tired of being exploited.”—Barry, unhappy about attempts to turn his life into a movie. 

“I have half my teeth and they’ve made my face look scruffy.”—Soon-to-be-ex-Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham, accusing opponent Brianne Nadeau of making him look ugly in a campaign mailer. 

“I should have resisted the culture of corruption running rampant in our city, and I should have done so steadfastly.”—Councilmember-turned-convict Michael A. Brown, apologizing at his sentencing for taking bribes. 

“You little motherfucker!”—Ward 8 Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Mary Cuthbert, on a political opponent.

“You are killing me.”—Campaign consultant Tom Lindenfeldin an email that would help lead to his guilty plea in a Philadelphia corruption case.

“Are U.S. Attorneys deciding elections? We shouldn’t vote. Why do we bother voting?”Vince Gray chief of staff Chris Murphy, after his boss lost.

“Vote for Bowser/this Tuesday”campaign song maestro Ron Moten, doing his best ILoveMakonnen impression. 

“I don’t really keep track of every single former NBA player.”Muriel Bowser campaign manager Bo Shuff, unenthused after receiving former NBA star Steve Francis‘ endorsement.  

“I had to have the second job just to afford [Tommy] Wells’ liquor.”—At-large Councilmember David Catania, in his goodbye speech after losing the mayoral election.

“Many of your supporters believe that the April 1 loss has taken a toll on you.”—Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander, zinging erstwhile pal Gray.

“The HAPPY groove and beat is awesome!”—At-large Councilmember Vincent Orange, on choosing Pharrell‘s “Happy” as his campaign theme song.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery