At-Large Councilmember Kwame R. Brown appeared this afternoon on WAMU-FM’s Kojo Nnamdi Show. He directly addressed a potential challenge to Mayor Adrian M. Fenty:
Said Brown, “Yes, of course, I am seriously considering it, if in fact there is not significant changes in the way this government is operated and the way people feel in this city. We don’t need a city that’s divided, we need a city that’s together. And in order to be a great city, we can’t have ANC commissioners and civic association leaders, and principals all feeling like they’re not being heard and not being represented in a way that’s fair, open, and transparent. We can’t get to a great city that way.”
Kwame Brown now joins Vincent Gray, Michael A. Brown, and R. Donahue Peebles in the “seriously considering” camp. Brown has the strongest record among all of them in citywide races, running an insurgent campaign in 2004 to knock off incumbent Harold Brazil, and, in 2008, fending off all serious primary challengers and coasting to a landslide win.
To date, Kwame Brown has been the most sheepish about his mayoral ambitions, though they clearly have long existed.