David Grosso, the councilmember who occupies one of the two D.C. Council seats reserved for non-Democrats, knows who he wants to win the other. Following the cue of Ward 5’s Kenyan McDuffie and Ward 7’s Yvette Alexander, Grosso endorsed at-large hopeful Robert White in a statement today.
Grosso, who worked with White when they were both staffers for Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, said in a release that White would be “a strong ally in bringing a new day to the District of Columbia.”
White’s third Council endorsement won’t thrill candidate Brian Hart, who complains that White’s endorsement spree stinks of backroom deals. Neither will it delight hopeful Elissa Silverman, who Grosso backed in the 2013 at-large race.
But there’s still hope for White rivals looking a bump from the marijuana-friendly councilmember. In his statement, Grosso tells his supporters to cast both of their votes for the at-large seats. In previous races, some at-large campaigns have urged supporters to pick just one candidate for the two seats on the ballot—-the “bullet vote” thought to boost a single candidate’s chances by denying a vote for a rival.
“There are no guarantees in our democracy, and there are many very good candidates that would complement the work that Robert and I will do on the D.C. Council,” Grosso writes.
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