Council Members Endorse Schwartz
It's looking like political warfare on the D.C. Council as members line up behind candidates for the second at-large seat being contested in Tuesday's election.
DC At-Large Council member Carol Schwartz, who lost in the Republican primary to newcomer Patrick Mara, is waging a write-in campaign to keep her seat.
Minutes ago, her campaign announced that Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1), Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) and At-Large Councilmember Phil Mendelson (D) have endorsed Schwartz.
The council member took a heavy hit this week when Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray and Harry Thomas Jr. (D-Ward 5) threw their support behind three-time candidate Michael Brown.
David Catania has endorsed Mara, and Marion Barry has said he's also supporting Brown.
The council has previously had an unwritten rule to not endorse other candidates over incumbents. But that agreement has been tossed aside.
Schwartz's news release quotes Graham as saying, "I strongly urge DC voters to vote for Council members Kwame Brown and Carol Schwartz by voting for Kwame on the ballot and by voting for Carol by writing-in Carol Schwartz. They are by far the most qualified candidates, and they deserve to be re-elected."
Council member Bowser, in an e-mail to her constituents, said, "I am very concerned that one woman may be knocked off the Council of the District of Columbia because of her support of working people, especially women. Carol Schwartz, like me, and a majority of the Council believed that DC workers should be able to earn sick leave... I have observed her sharp mind, her strong will and her willingness to speak up for the people of the District of Columbia ahead of personal interests."
Council member Bowser added, "I join with thousands of DC residents who encouraged Carol to wage this write-in campaign and greet her with mighty applause across the City. Carol is honest, tough, balanced and she has demonstrated that she will always put the interests of the District of Columbia before her own... I don't know what the outcome of Tuesday's at-large race will be, every indicator shows that Carol is running strong, but I know Carol can't win if we don't stand up and support her. On November 4, I will stand up for this woman as she has stood up for us. In addition to connecting the arrow for Kwame Brown, I will be writing in and connecting the arrow for Carol Schwartz for At-Large Member of the Council. It's the right thing to do."
Councilmember Mendelson said, "I wholeheartedly support -- and endorse -- Carol Schwartz. Her experience is vital to the Council's ability to conduct oversight. We need her continued presence."
Schwartz also quotes an article about her in which Jack Evans is mentioned: "Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans, a longtime colleague, said that it is hard to imagine a Council without Schwartz. 'She would be missed' he said. 'She has a directness, a passion, and integrity that's hard to replace, and I've always had a good relationship with her.'"
Schwartz's release notes, "I am very touched by the support of my colleagues. Their words of support and their friendship mean a lot."
October 30, 2008; 1:21 PM ET
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