Washington Post endorses Patrick Mara for Council

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Candidates for at-large council seat vote on their feet
Candidates for at-large council seat vote on their feet
The Washington Post has endorsed Republican Patrick Mara in the hotly-contested race for At-large D.C. Council.
 
The candidates, Sekou Biddle, Josh Lopez, Patrick Mara, Vincent Orange, Bryan Weaver (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) The candidates, Sekou Biddle, Josh Lopez, Patrick Mara, Vincent Orange, Bryan Weaver
"The District government, which made so much progress over the past dozen years, seems in danger of slipping backward," the Post wrote.  "It has been shaken by scandals ranging from self-interested use of public dollars to nepotism in hiring to questionable financial dealings of office holders. The need for a strong, independent voice to help the city regain its footing has rarely been more urgent."
 
The first Loose Lips, Ken Cummins, asks a questions. (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) The first Loose Lips, Ken Cummins, asks a questions.
The Twitterverse spread the news  Tuesday evening at a forum organized by political reporters/commentators at the Black Cat night club on 14th Street, NW, near U Street.  The three moderators, Tom Sherwood of NBC-4, Alan Suderman, City Paper’s Loose Lips and Chuck Thies, a political consultant who co-hosts a show on WPFW, tried to vary to format with candidates questioning each other, questions from the audience, questions form former Loose Lips’ and questions that were answered by the candidates answering by standing on one side of the stage or the other – as well of a lot of catcalling and other audience participation, plus beer-drinking on stage, both by some candidates and some moderators.
 
But, as soon as it became known via a cascade of Tweets in the audience and to the candidates on stage that The Post had endorsed Mara, that was the news.
 
"We think it would be healthy to temper the one-party domination of D.C. government, but that’s only the beginning of an argument," wrote the Post. "Mr. Mara is a socially progressive, fiscally conservative Republican who would bring diversity of thought and approach to the 13-member body."
 

DSCN1131.JPG The moderators/questioners: Chuck Thies, Alan Suderman and Tom Sherwood (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) DSCN1131.JPG The moderators/questioners: Chuck Thies, Alan Suderman and Tom Sherwood

 

 

TBD's Erik Wemple, another recovering Loose Lips, tosses a curve ball (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) TBD's Erik Wemple, another recovering Loose Lips, tosses a curve ball

The Washington Post's Mike Debonis, a recent Loose Lips, asks an insightful question (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) The Washington Post's Mike Debonis, a recent Loose Lips, asks an insightful question

A memorable Loose Lips, no longer ink-stained like her former colleagues, asks an important question (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) A memorable Loose Lips, no longer ink-stained like her former colleagues, asks an important question

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Anonymous

I find it very interesting that The Post is saying..."It has been shaken by scandals ranging from self-interested use of public dollars to nepotism in hiring to questionable financial dealings of office holders". Yet they (The Post) failed to report on the "questionable" dealings of former Mayor Fenty. With at least $89 million dollars in contracts awarded to "questionable" companies, Mayor Gray's infractions are minor compared to Fenty. And weren't those contracts awarded to Fenty's frat brothers...hmmmm. But The Post endorsed Fenty so they can't turn back now. So much for journalistic integrity. It's time for The Post to actually start doing some real reporting instead of trying to sway the minds of the educated in the Nation's capitol. It's no wonder they aren't making money and have to depend on Kaplan to maintain a profit!

Peter Rosenstein

Why not hold a candidates forum in a pub with candidates, questioners and the audience drinking during it. Well maybe the answer would be because there is already a lack of seriousness in how we select our candidates and this potentially only adds to it. Just saying.

As to the Washington Post editorial for Patrick Mara once again the Washington Post Editorial Board makes an endorsement based on their own personal interests not necessarily even taking into consideration the interests of the people of the District.

Now as I have said often and repeat here I like Patrick Mara and even called him this morning to congratulate him on this endorsement. I consider him a friend. I did mention that these days the Post endorsement could be a double edged sword.

So my issue here isn't with Patrick per se but rather with the Washington Post Editorial Board's reasons for endorsing him. The Post reasoning goes Mara for Council at-large because he is a Republican, (and I assume that they feel that Republicans who have made a habit of dissing the people of the District and imposing their will over that of our elected officials and the people of the District are somehow better for the District); supports vouchers (the editorial boards' favorite item to editorialize on) even when they pay for children to go to parochial schools (which is where nearly all our voucher children go) that are not subject to the District’s Human Rights Laws; and because he supported Michelle Rhee whom the Washington Post still has a love affair with(without questioning what she did) even when she wouldn’t work with communities and parents like those at Hardy Middle School or in other parts of the District before making decisions.”

The Post editorial board is becoming more and more like a one-trick pony. If you don't agree with their personal stances don't bother coming around. And not only do you have to agree with their personal stances on everything but you must agree with them fully and without any reservation.

This election will probably be won with very few votes. That may be a sad state of affairs but a reality. So I again urge the people of the District to look at the candidates themselves. Come out to one of the many forums that will still be held in the next two weeks and vote based on the issues that you care about.

dcgovcorruption

I will not support Mr. Mara based on the WP editorial board endorsement. I was looking for any significant accomplishments that Mr. Mara has championed in the District of Columbia, since he has been here some years. Rather, I will base my decision on the experience, knowledge and track record of the candidates seeking the council at large seat.

Therefore, since the current council members cannot count and only know how to raise taxes and fees and spend more of our money, I will vote to send Vincent Orange down there to shake the wilson building up and be a voice in favor of all taxpayers in the district of columbia.

Outrageous

Good for The Post! The city council needs some fresh thinking, and an end to the reckless spending and high taxes. Not only is the spending too high, but the services are weak, especially given the enormous number of city emloyees on the payroll.

GetSome

GO PAT GO!

Ward3grrl

Just received his flyer in the mail tonight. Full color, two-sided, lots of space for prose, lots of blue...Why doesn't he mention he's a Republican anywhere in this pitch for votes? Reminds me of the Michael Steele bumper stickers.