Ward 2 D.C. Council candidate Fiona Greig has dropped her bid to unseat incumbent Jack Evans, citing a desire to avoid an “intimidation campaign” by the 20-year council veteran.
Greig, who recently had a minor slip-up when she accidentally filed a list of potential donors with the Office of Campaign Finance, says she wasn’t expecting the kind of creepy treatment she says she got from the Evans campaign.
From her statement:
At home, I received muffled phone calls telling me about the “dirt” my opponent had on me. Someone wanting to hold a Meet and Greet for me received nasty emails from the opposing campaign. And I learned from a city agency that a well-known private investigator whose firm does “surveillance” and “domestic investigations” had requested my records. Maybe that explains the man who repeatedly walked past my house one night, looking in the windows.
Wait, what was that last one? Greig’s campaign manager, Ken Archer, adds a little bit more to the story of the alleged Evans-paid window watcher. From his post at Greater Greater Washington:
Last week, I walked to Greig’s house during all this drama, talking on my cell about the campaign to a colleague while I walked, and noticed a man walking close behind me smoking a cigar. When I stopped in front of Greig’s house, he stopped. He then kept walking and then turned around to pace up and down her block about a dozen times. Greig’s husband arrived later pushing Ella in a stroller, talking to friend on the phone. We told him about the investigator pacing the block and he came inside.
(Archer also indicates that the “dirt” had something to do with the timing of Greig’s marriage and the divorce of her husband, which is now completely off limits and shall never be mentioned again.)
The investigator mentioned is Ken Cummins, the very first LL, who politicians use all the time to do investigations (he warned Mayor Vince Gray‘s transition team that Sulaimon Brown was a wee bit shady). Both he and Evans’ campaign adviser, Tom Lindenfeld, deny that Cummins was pacing back and forth in front of Greig’s home and staring into her windows. Further, Lindendfeld says there’s no one on Evans’ payroll whose job it was to stroll past the Greig residence.
So why try and pin the cigar man on Evans? Greig says “the timing was just too uncanny” not draw a link between her records being pulled and the cigar man showing up shortly thereafter.
That’s pretty weak, and unfair to Evans. As for the other stuff that Greig alleges—which is essentially that the Evans campaign hired an investigator, pulled court and campaign records related to her, and got mad at one of her supporters for wanting to host a meet and greet—they just sound like regular campaign behavior. But add in cigar man and the whole package makes Evans looks like a creepy villain.
Archer concedes that there is no proof to tie cigar man to the Evans campaign, and says he and Greig may have “overshot the runway” on the alleged stalker bit. But, he says, the point of their statements wasn’t to accuse Evans of specific wrongdoing, just to highlight the unsavory side of politics and show why good people don’t want to get involved in such a nasty business.
Fair enough, but doesn’t linking Evans, without any proof, to some cigar-smoking weirdo walking around Georgetown contribute to that nastiness?
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