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On Tuesday, Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander told LL that despite the lobbying of colleagues Marion Barry and Harry Thomas Jr., she wouldn’t cross Carol Schwartz by supporting prime challenger Michael A. Brown.
She apparently gave in. Alexander says she plans to join Barry and Thomas tomorrow for a 10:30 a.m. press conference endorsing Brown.
LL heard the news after being invited into Alexander’s Wilson Building office, where she was meeting with Barry and Ward 4 rep Muriel Bowser, who has endorsed Schwartz.
Barry himself related the details of the presser to LL, breaking his vow of silence to City Paper. “I’ll break it for that ’cause it’s too important,” he says.
Bowser walked out and later told LL, “She told me unsolicited two days ago she would never support Michael Brown.”
What happened since Tuesday? Well, for one thing, Alexander’s predecessor and patron Vincent C. Gray came out with a surprise Brown endorsement. Whatever happened, Alexander certainly had quite a change of heart in those 48 hours. She told LL, “I’ve fought too long and hard for the Democratic Party” to support Schwartz, a Republican. “It’s almost like endorsing John McCain….I can’t allow that to happen.”
As for her flipflop, she already begun to pay the price. She showed LL a Post-It note from Schwartz reading, “Shame on you.”