Recently defeated Councilmember Michael Brown is seriously considering a run in next year’s special election for a council at-large seat, according to several Wilson Building wags and Brown supporters.
“He’s bouncing it around,” says an adviser to Brown, who asked not to be named discussing Brown’s deliberations. “He’s not going to close that door.”
Brown wasn’t immediately available for comment, and declined to discuss whether he’d run when asked directly after he lost to David Grosso in last week’s election. But the idea that he would consider another shot should hardly be surprising.
With Phil Mendelson‘s ascendency to the D.C. Council chairman’s spot, an at-large seat like the one Brown just lost will be up grabs in a special election next spring. Plus, the vacant seat will be open to members of all political parties, unlike the seat Brown just lost. It’s no secret that Brown has long sought to switch his party affiliation back to the Democratic Party after becoming an independent in order to win one of the two at-large seats the Home Rule Charter effectively reserves for non-Democrats.
Whether Brown runs and whether he wins are two distinct questions. Brown will have plenty of the all-important name recognition in a low-turnout special election. But he’s also been dogged by negative news regarding his personal and campaign finances and is just coming off running a pretty atrocious campaign. Brown would likely have to clear up what exactly happened to the $113,950 that went missing from his campaign’s books and have a much more organized effort to be successful in the spring.
And his chances will depend on who else decides to contend for the spot. D.C. Democratic State Committee Chairman Anita Bonds has indicated she wants it. She tells LL that she’s heard both that Brown is going to run and that he’s not.
“I hope that he does not run,” says Bonds, who adds that voters in last week’s election made clear how they feel about Brown. “They had other choices, and they preferred the other choices.”
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