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D.C. pols have gotten carried away during this special election season with imitating their heroes.
The campaigns of Ward 4 candidate Muriel Bowser and Ward 7 candidate Victor Vandell shamelessly adopted the green-and-white literature and signs of the city’s latest political darling, Mayor Adrian Fenty.
The candidate in Ward 7 endorsed by council Chairman Vincent Gray—-Yvette Alexander—-follows the same copycat act, right down to lifting Gray’s “One City” campaign slogan (her version: “Making Ward 7 One”).
But those imitators can’t top Dee Hunter, who is exploring an independent bid to unseat Republican At-Large Councilmember Carol Schwartz. Hunter is going around town handing out an exact copy of At-Large Councilmember David Catania‘s campaign lit.
Hunter isn’t shying away from his attempt to glom unto a successful politician like Catania, who has now been elected to the council in three city-wide elections. “It was copying by design,” says Hunter, who at one time worked for Catania. “Imitation if the best form of flattery, after all,” he says. “I would be a very effective councilmember if I was as good as David Catania.” Hunter claims he would offer up “the same kind of aggressive oversight,” if elected.
Ben Young, Catania’s chief of staff and former campaign manager, passed along this statement from the councilmember: “David was not consulted by Dee Hunter about the literature, but of course, he is flattered.”
Hunter did show some individuality with his literature choice; he chose a different printer than the one Catania uses. “And besides,” he says, “the color is called hunter green.”