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LL’s not sure why, but this is turning into out-of-town endorsement week in the mayor’s race. A day after David Catania landed the endorsement of Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin, Muriel Bowser showed that she can too can get some governors to say they like her.
Last night, Bowser announced endorsements from Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley. In a joint statement released by Bowser’s campaign, the two governors say Bowser would be the “strong partner” they need in the D.C. area.
Neither governor’s endorsement is quite as dramatic as Shumlin, the chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, backing independent Catania over Bowser. But Bowser sought to place a relative value on gubernatorial endorsements anyway at last night’s debate, saying O’Malley and McAulliffe’s endorsements matter more because their states are closer to the District.
At the same time, Bowser stopped just short of calling Shumlin a filthy Yankee, describing him as the governor of “some place up north.”
But At-Large Councilmember Anita Bonds, the chair of the the D.C. Democratic State Committee, isn’t giving up on Shumlin just yet. Bonds complained to the head of the Vermont Democratic Party about their state’s errant governor.
Bonds predicts to LL that Shumlin will make some sort of statement to “show respect” to District Democrats next week. Shumlin’s staff didn’t respond to a request for comment.
Meanwhile, there’s bad news for the remaining 47 governors who might want to endorse candidate Carol Schwartz: She won’t take them.
“I don’t want their endorsements,” Schwartz said at the debate. “I don’t know why that’s important.”
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