Three days after Muriel Bowser handily beat Vince Gray in the mayoral primary, the mayor still appears to be smarting from his defeat. At today’s Democratic Unity Breakfast, Gray only shook Bowser’s hand after reporters pointed out that he hadn’t yet, then shared an awkward whisper-smile thing with her.
Still, Bowser’s hopeful that Gray will come around.
“It was just a very fresh few days after the election, so we’re going to give it some time,” Bowser said this afternoon on WAMU’s The Politics Hour.
It’s not clear, though, whether Bowser wants Gray’s endorsement ahead of her general election fight with David Catania. On WAMU, Bowser stopped short of saying she’s seeking Gray’s endorsement, looking instead for a smooth transfer of power in the whopping nine months until Gray leaves office.
“He is still control of this city,” Bowser said. “I’m hopeful as a member of our party and a person who will support the Democratic ticket that he will work with me and Phil Mendelson and all members of the Council to ensure a smooth transition.”
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