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Quick Poll: The 'Carol Contingency'

Longtime District councilmember Carol Schwartz announced plans to run for reelection as a write-in candidate on Sept. 15.

She'll run against Patrick Mara -- who defeated her in the city's Republican primary -- as well as Kwame Brown (D), Michael Brown (I), Dee Hunter (I), Mark Long (I) and David Schwartzman (SG). (Voters will vote for two candidates; the top two vote-getters will win the seats.)

Two questions for you:


By Washington Post Editors  |  September 15, 2008; 2:19 PM ET
Categories:  2008 District Election  
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She has done a lot for this city, and she deserves a chance to run and win as an independent or as a write in --

Posted by: Merline | September 15, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

I don't always agree with Carol Schwartz, but I have always appreciated her drive for accountability. She has long performed a very necessary role on the City Council. A voice of dissent, a brake on groupthink--these things are crucial. It would be a shame to lose her.

Posted by: Lupe | September 15, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Former Republican DC Councilmember Schwartz had a great run. She should accept the change of guard in the DC political culture. CHANGE is good. The Councilmember should embrace the future.

Posted by: David | September 15, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

To difficult to write in. Besides, this is no year to vote for ANY Republican.

Posted by: jessel | September 15, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

We need Carol Schwartz. When Democrats are left to their own devices we end up with Marion Barry types and no fiscal responsibility. We end up with broken streets full of crime and potholes.
Carol Schwartz is one of the reasons people that could not walk through Chinatown without getting assaulted three years ago can now walk alone in the dark without any hesitation.

Posted by: Christine | September 15, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Carol Schwartz has consistently sought the type of accountability that's necessary to keep governement responsible. She has a history of being a centralist and a councilmember committed to the good of the city. She seems to have toated the party line only when it was in the best interest of the citizens of Washington, D.C. I would wlecome her back for another 4 year term.

Posted by: CA from Eckington | September 15, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Mara can't and won't win in November. But Carol, who has turned into something of a windbag lately, will just embarrass herself. Some bad B actresses just don't know when to leave the stage.

Posted by: Who Cares | September 15, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

What an embarrassment for DC Republicans. They have 2 fine council members from 1998 to 2004, and then they go and boot Catania because he refuses to endorse Bush's homophobic agenda. Now Schwartz is an independent. Can anyone take the DC Republicans seriously if they lose their only 2 local stars?

Posted by: AxelDC | September 15, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

As a DC Republican (a rare breed) and a loyalist (even rarer), I am disgusted by politicians who, when they dont like the outcome of their primary, switch parties.

Carol should move aside and allow a new republican to take her place in city council.

Posted by: Peter Knockstead | September 15, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Carol, a person of character, now believes that she is above the voters. She had her opportunity to run an aggressive race, but instead make an executive decision to spend time in Rehobeth, relaxing and taking voters for granted in lieu of reaching out to the community, knocking on doors, orchestrating an aggressive GOTV and raising money. Now she's lost, the voters have spoken and she doesn't like the results. How disappointing..Carol, don't embarrass yourself, go back to Rehobeth, enjoy the sunsets.

Posted by: disappointed | September 15, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

"No year to vote for any Republican."

Come on. Anyone who's been living here for any length of time knows the story.

Posted by: matchstick | September 15, 2008 8:03 PM | Report abuse

I cannot forget that Carol Schwartz worked hard to prevent DC from becoming smokefree. She thankfully lost that battle. I don't know that I'm willing to write her name on my ballot to help her win her own battle.

Posted by: Len | September 15, 2008 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Go home you lost and take those ugly outfits with you please. It is over!!!!!

Posted by: What | September 15, 2008 11:07 PM | Report abuse


You've got your facts wrong.

You wrote: "They have 2 fine council members from 1998 to 2004, and then they go and boot Catania because he refuses to endorse Bush's homophobic agenda."

Wrong, Bush refused to endorse Catania's pro-gay agenda, so Catania left the party. Patrick is very pro-gay, so this is a non-issue. Also, the head of the D.C. Republican Party is openly gay.

You wrote: "Now Schwartz is an independent."

Wrong again, she is running as a Republican.

You wrote: "Can anyone take the DC Republicans seriously if they lose their only 2 local stars?"

Voters will take the Republicans seriously when they start to stand up for Republican values rather than pretend to be Democrats. Schwartz is a pretend Democrat and real Republicans grew tired of the charade.

Kris Hammond
Ward Five Republicans

Posted by: Kris Hammond | September 15, 2008 11:12 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Kris Hammond, she should know when to go, she is no longer effective anywhere, she treats her staff like slaves and is no longer productive. Shut her down once and for all. Give the young people a chance.

Posted by: Babs | September 15, 2008 11:20 PM | Report abuse

Well my friends, "real Republicans" won't get elected to the city Council. Carol is all we have to prevent the marion barrys of the world from wrecking the District. Fine go vote for Mara (Michael Brown) Please go and waste your vote.

Posted by: why | September 16, 2008 12:07 AM | Report abuse

Look we can't all be Democrats around here. If she's going to do right by the city, she'll win. Plus I don't know about the new guy.

Posted by: Uzoma Peter Lane | September 16, 2008 8:35 AM | Report abuse

and what a shame that she can't bow out after some good years of service. It is time for a change.

I don't know whether to feel sad for her or comtempt as she thinks she is somehow entitled to a seat on the council.

NO to McCain/Palin/Schwartz - cut from the same cloth!

Posted by: What an Ego... | September 16, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse

It is time for her to hang it up. She is a very large part of ther problem and as far as I'm concerned there is no more good that she can do that she can not do in the private sector. Thanks for all you have don Carol and have a good life.

Posted by: Madison Long | September 16, 2008 10:21 AM | Report abuse

First, to be fair, Carol is a good person and has done some good things. But now the reality, she has served a long time and its time for change. Since Carol insists on being a republican and since the republicans have thrown her out, she should abide by her republican voters decision. We in Ward 5 have consistently asked her to register as a Democrat and she has stubbornly refused. Maybe now that she understands that the republicans don't respect her, maybe she will come back after this election and register as a Democrat and run again. As for this election, my vote goes to Mike Brown, the independent Democrat who has the professional background and experience to be a strong, effective and serious member of the Council. It's time for a change Carol. Thanks for the memories.


Posted by: Ward 5 Voter | September 16, 2008 11:42 AM | Report abuse

I believe that sometimes its just time to "pass the torch". I am saddened that Councilmember Schwartz does not seem to understand this. Patrick Mara ran a strong grassroots campaign and I was pleased to support him. I think he will do us proud!!! I hope that DC Republicans can unite and support Patrick in November.

Posted by: Virginia Ford | September 16, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

The time has come to pass the torch to a new generation of leaders. Carol has served the city at a time when she was needed; but has lost touch with the very constituency she was elected to serve. She is not entitled to this seat. It should always be viewed as a priviledge to serve the residents of the District of Columbia. It's time for her to retire.

Posted by: Anne | September 16, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone think Schwartz can actually win as a write-in candidate? In 2004, there were 230,105 ballots cast, of which she won 93,743 or 30.93%--putting her in second plce behind Kwame Brown, who won 55.4% and assuring her one of the two at-large seats on the Council. See

Even in a seven-way race, how many votes would she need to come in second again? 50,000-60,000?

Does she really think she can get that? I doubt it. It seems more likely that she is simply exacting revenge on a party she's always held in contempt: Even if she siphons off 10,000 or 20,000 votes, she may doom Mara.

That seems pretty vindictive to me. I'm voting for Mara.

Posted by: Berin Szoka | September 16, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Carol needs to pass the torch gracefully to a real Republican - one party rule doesn't help anyone. We need new ideas, not more of the same from a make-believe Republican.

Posted by: Jim | September 16, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Schwartz's effort appears to be a politician desparate to retain power. She's been around too long and fresh blood and new ideas are needed. Mara is a very moderate brand of Republican: pro-choice, pro marriage equality, etc. A reasonable independent voter can easily support Mara.

Posted by: JS | September 16, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Carol Schwartz use to be a servant for the people, now she wants servants!

Posted by: What | September 16, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

The Republican Party voted her off their ticket because she did not represent their views. Like it or not, the Council needs to represent diversity. There are already 11 Democrats represented on the Council ... the point of the at-large seats is to represent 2 NON MAJORITY viewpoints. For Carol to run and ask for Democrats to carry her into office is counter-productive, self-serving and shameful. The very reasons Republicans did not support her in the first place.

Posted by: Tim | September 16, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

As Carol pointed out during her campaign "every knows who she is," "she's a long time resident of DC", and "she's done great things for the city while in office." With all of that stated, it's an embarrassment to continue to pursue the seat she lost as a write in candidate. If she couldn't rely on the people to re-elect her, what makes you thing you can depend on them writing you in? It's an embarrassment to the Republican party, and well as her tenure for serving in that position. Carol needs to take a lesson from her colleagues who lost their bid, "STEP ASIDE with PRIDE."

Posted by: GGFK | September 17, 2008 8:44 AM | Report abuse

"Patrick is very pro-gay, so this is a non-issue."

Shame on him--he is just another RINO, like Schwartz, a spoiler in the GOP cuckoo (or cookoo) house.

DC GOP and its minions should collapse and disband. Creative destruction is the answer, not electoral bail out.

Posted by: Where is the republican candidate? | September 17, 2008 9:33 AM | Report abuse

I am a registered Democrat, and I even view Carol's decision as nothing more than self-serving. She has had her opportunity to represent DC for 16 years, and her party voted her out during the primary. To the Dems that want the same status quo from Carol, consider this-- she has voted against the stadium and Fenty's much needed overhaul of the District's school system. Step aside with some grace, Carol!

Posted by: RF | September 21, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Carol should accept the truth -- she is an oldie (as her campaign posters noted), and D.C. Republicans have spoken. If she had remained true to the Republican values of her constituents, perhaps this would not have happened. Time to get out of the way of a new generation of D.C. voters, Carol. Even your closest friends are jumping ship on you.

Posted by: Mary | September 22, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

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