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Mara Picks Up More Business Support

The morning after candidates squared off in a debate for the at-large seat on the D.C. Council, the Greater Washington Board of Trade has endorsed Patrick Mara because he "understands that a friendly business climate in DC will create good paying jobs for District families," according to board president and CEO, Jim Dinegar.

Mara, a former Eagle Scout-turned-politician who lives in Columbia Heights, last month defeated longtime incumbent Carol Schwartz (R-At-large) in the Republican primary race. Schwartz, who has carved out something of a hybrid brand of Republicanism and independence that has helped her citywide, is mounting a write-in campaign in the general election.

She and Mara are among seven candidates battling it out for two at-large seats.

Mara, however, isn't listening to those who say a traditional Republican can't win in the Democratic-dominated District. D.C. Council member David Catania (I-At large) endorsed Mara last month, and the Board of Trade endorsement in the general is a continuation of the strong business support Mara tapped in the primary.

"We need people on the Council who will institute fiscal discipline and help Mayor Fenty reform the school system to produce the type of workforce Greater Washington's businesses need," Mara said in a statement welcoming the Board of Trade endorsement.

"These are the commerce leaders of Washington," Mara said. "Their support is an important signal that our campaign is on track for victory and that our message of reform, accountability and transparency has broad appeal."

But that wasn't all the candidate said in that release. Mara also pointed out that he was an Eagle Scout, the Boy Scouts' highest honor. Perhaps he is following in the footsteps of another Republican Eagle Scout who went on to politics, former President Gerald Ford.

Hamil R. Harris

By Hamil Harris  |  October 8, 2008; 2:27 PM ET
Categories:  2008 District Election , D.C. Council  
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The use of "former Eagle scout" is incorrect, as the title of Eagle Scout is held for life, thus giving rise to the phrase "Once an Eagle, always an Eagle".

DC Wire, please make the correction.

Posted by: dcvoterboy | October 8, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Buh-bye, Carol. Time to start planning that move to Miami. Bwaahaaaa.

Posted by: checkered.1 | October 8, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Agreed. I may have left the Boy Scouts many years ago, but I'm still an Eagle Scout.

Posted by: Eagle | October 8, 2008 7:15 PM | Report abuse

At the end of the day, Carol will win. She is more populra with Democrats in the city than with her own Republicans. Everyone knows that the Mara candidacy was a "get back at you" one, sponsored by the business community.

Posted by: DCfred | October 11, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

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