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Ward 7 D.C. Council candidate Yvette Alexander seems to be taking a page from the campaign of Ward 4 council hopeful Michael Brown. Literally.
Last week, Brown sent out a campaign update e-mail touting the fact that he drew the No. 2 slot on the May 1 special-election ballot. The missive included a graphic of a sample ballot that blurred out the names of other candidates and highlighted Brown’s position.
On March 27, Alexander, who will also appear in the No. 2 slot, sent a similar e-mail featuring her face, a Ward 7 special-election ballot, and her name clearly printed with her opponents’ blurred.
But there was something wrong with Alexander’s graphic. As her e-mail points out, Alexander is No. 2 among “18 candidates in the Ward 7 race.” Her ballot has 19 names. The blurred names don’t really match up with the Ward 7 contestants. In position 19 for example, the obscured name looks a lot like Dwight Singleton‘s, a Ward 4 candidate. And isn’t that Ward 4 hopeful Muriel Bowser in the No. 6 position?
LL would never suggest that Alexander’s Web team would simply lift the Brown graphic and insert Ward 7 and her name at the top. Perhaps her staff just used the wrong ballot as their template.
But the similarites don’t end with the ballots. Check these passages from the accompanying press releases. Here’s Brown’s:
Today at noon, the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics held a lottery to determine ballot positioning in the upcoming Special Election on May 1st. We are pleased to say that we drew the 2nd position out of 19!…
With little more than 6 weeks until the May 1st Special Election, I need your help and involvement more than ever.
And here’s Alexander’s:
The D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics held a lottery to determine ballot positioning in the upcoming Special Election on May 1st. We are blessed that we drew 2nd position out of 18 candidates in the Ward 7 race !….
With little more than 6 weeks until the May 1st Special Election, I am pleased that my campaign is moving in a positive and fast-forward direction.
You be the judge! The ballots are after the jump.