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D.C. Chamber of Commerce Affirms Mara Endorsement

The D.C. Chamber, which endorsed Patrick Mara over D.C. Council incumbent Carol Schwartz in the Republican primary for an at-large council seat, has affirmed its endorsement for the general election. Mara beat Schwartz in the primary, and he will face Democrat incumbent Kwame R. Brown, as well as several independents, including Michael Brown, Dee Hunter and Mark Long, as well as Schwartz, running as a write-in candidate, in the general election. (Voters will pick two at-large candidates from that group.)

In a statement, Kelvin J. Robinson, chairman of the Chamber's political action committee, said: "We believe that Mara's business values and understanding will help reinvigorate support for what has been an active and thriving business community in the District. The PACs endorsement of Mara is consistent with the direction that the vast majority of Chamber members have requested we take. We continue to encourage our members as well as the broader business and District community to work to secure his success in the coming general election."

By David A Nakamura  |  September 25, 2008; 4:08 PM ET
Categories:  2008 District Election  
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You forgot David Schwartzman

Posted by: Andy Silver | September 25, 2008 8:18 PM | Report abuse

The Chamber is wasting their time and mine...Mara will NEVER get in office!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 26, 2008 10:28 AM | Report abuse

I suggest folks who would write him off spend 2 min. studying D.C. election results. Turnout will be higher, but the field bears a strong resemblance to that of 1998. Mara is in a good position, perhaps the best of all of the non-Dem candidates.

Posted by: Mara Has a Great Shot | September 26, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Dream on, MHaGS! David Schwartzman has nowhere near the support of Hilda Mason. Michael Brown has far more name recognition, organization, and support than the 1998 independents -- plus he has the "Brown and Brown" slogan. There's no Umoja Party now. And Patrick Mara is no David Catania -- because he challenged Schwartz from the right, he's viewed as a real Republican, too conservative for DC.

Posted by: KCinDC | September 27, 2008 2:19 AM | Report abuse

Stories like these will cause Democrats to coalesce behind the two top Browns because they have the best chance. I vote the minute early voting opens up, and I had a hard time deciding my second vote.

Dem identity is the strongest it has ever been.

I will now vote for Michael Brown, instead of risk splitting the vote. The Chamber will pay for supporting a Republican.

Posted by: No Way | September 29, 2008 8:41 PM | Report abuse

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