How’s this for goofy? At-Large Councilmember Sekou Biddle is challenging the petition signature of a certain Sekou Biddle.
That’s at least according to the campaign of Bryan Weaver, one of Biddle’s opponents in the special at-large election. Biddle is challenging some 1,400 signatures the Weaver campaign submitted.
“The fact that the candidate who is leading this challenge, challenged his own voter registration, really leaves one to wonder if a simple petition challenge is this haphazard and sloppy, how will they govern?” asked Weaver, who is kind of running a haphazard and sloppy campaign himself, in a statement.
This news comes on the heels of reports of other curious challenges the Biddle campaign has made, like challenging the petition signatures of former mayors Adrian Fenty and Anthony Williams.
Surely there’s a rational explanation for this, right? Right?! If only Team Biddle would return LL’s calls…
While LL waits, here is Weaver’s full statement:
Washington, D.C. – In the Weaver campaign’s ongoing efforts to review the registrations that the Sekou Biddle campaign has challenged, most of which have turned up valid, the Weaver campaign came across Biddle’s registration as one that is being challenged by Biddle’s own campaign.
“This went from a curious challenge, due to the registrations of obvious D.C. voters that were being pointed out as faulty, to downright strange,” said Bryan Weaver, candidate for the open At-Large seat on the Council of the District of Columbia and one of three candidates whose petitions the Biddle campaign is challenging.
“When we came across Biddle’s registration as one that is being challenged by his own campaign – it is hard to say that with a straight face – it became very clear, if it wasn’t already, that this challenge was completely random and not well thought out. We are still taking the challenge very seriously as it is part of the democratic process. But the fact that the candidate who is leading this challenge, challenged his own voter registration, really leaves one to wonder if a simple petition challenge is this haphazard and sloppy, how will they govern?”
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