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For three years, Bryan Weaver has been elected chair of the Adams Morgan advisory neighborhood commission. That run came to an end on Jan. 6, when he lost his re-election bid by a 4-2 vote of his fellow commissioners.
Now LL doesn’t delve too often into such parochial affairs, but this particular internecine feud carries greater significance: Weaver is currently exploring a run against his councilmember, Ward 1’s Jim Graham. And replacing him as chair is Wilson Reynolds, whose day job happens to be as Graham’s constituent affairs director.
So did Boss Graham execute a ruthless power move to force a key neighborhood critic to the margins?
If so, he covered his tracks well. Graham’s spokesperson, Brian DeBose, says that “no one knew” about the move until the meeting. Reynolds says “absolutely not,” and a fellow commissioner, Nancy Shia, says that Graham had “nothing to do” with the ANC vote.
Not directly, anyway: “It hurt the commission for the chairman…to have such a contentious relationship with the councilmember. That happened long before he decided to run,” Shia says. “I believe in Rodney King: Why can’t we all just get along?”
Add to that some communications issues, she says: “Why did they think it was OK to win an election without asking anyone to vote for them?”
Weaver says he may not have actively solicited his colleagues’ votes, but he says none of the members mentioned any dissatisfaction with his continued tenure. He admits he charged hard and “was not the easiest of chairs to get along with,” but stands on his record of stepping up the commission’s activism and cleaning up its books (no small feat in ANC-dom).
Not enough for Reynolds, Shia, and two other commissioners (all listed as Graham supporters on his campaign literature), who plotted an ambush. Weaver and his vice chair, Mindy Moretti, found out about their plan to unseat them not more than five minutes before the meeting began.
Though Weaver realized he didn’t have the votes, he went through with the roll call anyway. “I thought I would give them a certain amount of satisfaction in knocking me off and let them know that I’m not fazed by it,” he explains.
This weekend, on her blog, Shia wrote that Weaver and Moretti had un-friended their fellow commissioners from their Facebook accounts. (The post has since been removed.)
To that, says Weaver, “I am friends with some of them and I am not friends with some of the others.” Adds Moretti, “Facebook is for my friends.”