“I’m pretty certain, if the mayor wins the primary, I would probably run against him,” said At-Large Councilmember Michael A. Brown this afternoon on Bruce DePuyt‘s NewsTalk program on NewsChannel 8.

He later added: “I’m not there yet. I’m trying to be the best councilmember I can be.”

It would be a quixotic run at best. No non-Democrat has won a citywide office regularly scheduled citywide race, except for those at-large councilmembers who, like Brown, have taken advantage of protected non-Democrat set-asides. Assuming Fenty draws a legitimate Democratic challenger and proceeds to beat him or her, it’s unclear how the addition of non-Democratic votes could put Brown over the top.

But, hey—-a race is a race. Brown expounded on a potential platform a bit—-“we need to talk about a different kind of transparency in government”—-adding that, as mayor, he would keep Michelle Rhee as schools chancellor, “but change her governing style.”

Dunno how Rhee would feel about that.

File photo by Darrow Montgomery