LL has been informed that the D.C. Chamber of Commerce has made their endorsements in several of the major D.C. Council primary races. In each of those, incumbents unsurprisingly pulled in the chamber’s nod:
- Ward 2 Democrat: Jack Evans
- Ward 4 Democrat: Muriel Bowser
- Ward 7 Democrat: Yvette M. Alexander
- At-Large Democrat: Kwame R. Brown
The endorsements, made by the chamber’s political action committee, do not include the at-large Republican primary. There, of course, the big question is whether four-term incumbent Carol Schwartz will get the chamber’s nod. Challenger Patrick Mara got the nod from the Greater Washington Board of Trade, a group with a broader scope but similar pro-business interests. Chamber types were not pleased, not pleased at all, with Schwartz’s advocacy on the behalf of mandatory sick leave.
A source says that the delay is due to the fact that neither Schwartz or Mara have been interviewed by the chamber yet; they’ll make their pitches next week. No word on whether a Ward 8 endorsement is forthcoming.