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Scuttlebutt this week has centered around D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray possibly announcing a mayoral run this week. But developer R. Donahue Peebles remains very much in the mix.
A hint that the wheels are in motion: Asher Corson, an ambitious young Foggy Bottom activist and staffer for Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh, resigned from his council job last Wednesday.
Corson has developed close ties to Peebles, dating back to the megadeveloper’s pursuit of the Stevens School redevelopment project. Peebles ended up losing the bid, but not before getting the endorsement of the Foggy Bottom Association, of which Corson is president.
“You will know what I’m doing by next Monday,” Corson says. “That doesn’t mean that you’ll know what anybody else is doing.”
Corson did say this: He will not be joining a Gray campaign.
Of his relationship to Peebles, he says, “We’ve developed a personal friendship.”
Another developments: Peebles has reportedly hired Andi Pringle, a veteran of Howard Dean‘s 2004 presidential campaign.
Sources indicated to LL late last month that Pringle had been advising him and organizing community outreach as he comes to a decision.
Peebles spokesperson Kendall Pryles reiterated her boss’ January statement that he is not “at this time” seeking office. “But he has and many of us do have concerns, because of the path of [the Fenty] administration, that the District is in greater and greater need of a leader,” she says.
As for the personnel rumblings, Pryles says: “We’re a little premature on that stuff.”
File photo by Darrow Montgomery