Tuesday’s mayoral polling data boosted Muriel Bowser‘s campaign hopes, with the numbers confirming Bowser’s claim that she’s the frontrunning challenger to Vince Gray. Bowser supporters are so jazzed about the new figures, apparently, that Tommy Wells‘ campaign is accusing them of crashing his birthday party to brag about them.
After last night’s ACLU mayoral forum, which Bowser didn’t attend, Wells and his supporters headed to Bloomingdale’s Boundary Stone to celebrate his birthday. Little did they know that they were walking into one of the odder stories of the primary season (although there’s still time!). Toward the end of the night, according to Wells campaign manager Chebon Marshall, former at-large D.C. Council candidate and Bowser campaign worker Josh Lopez and other Bowser supporters showed up at the shindig.
Marshall says Wells’ camp didn’t mind their opponents joining the party—-but Bowser’s backers allegedly didn’t return the hospitality. Marshall says the Ward 4 councilmember’s backers were soon insulting Wells and his team by asking pointed questions about Wells’ own fourth-place finish in the WAMU/NBC4 poll.
“These kids coming in and talking about poll numbers was shocking,” Marshall says.
Bowser campaign manager Bo Shuff tells LL he’s not aware of any poll-related trash talk. Lopez didn’t return a request for comment. Marshall, meanwhile, says he was surprised to receive what he describes as hostility from fellow Democrats.
“It was interesting that the staffers could find time to come and do that but Muriel couldn’t find time to come to the ACLU forum,” Marshall says.
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