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GOP Continues Its Battle Over Brown

The fight over Michael Brown's status in the D.C. Council continues. The D.C. Republican Party isn't giving up at all.

It reported this morning that the DC Republican Committee has filed a request that the board reconsider its intent to certify Brown's election as an at-large council member.

Brown, a Democrat, became an independent to seek office, but the GOP has said he had not changed his affiliation and therefore is in violation of District law. The law requires at least one of the at-large seats be from a minority party.

"Everyone knows Michael Brown is a Democrat, except apparently the Board of Elections," DC Republican Committee Chairman Robert J. Kabel said in a statement this morning. "Michael Brown campaigned as Democrat and got elected as a Democrat, he is not an Independent. The Board is turning its back on ensuring minority party rights are protected and diversity in District Government is preserved. By disregarding the clear law and certifying Michael Brown, the Board is stacking the deck."

"The DC Republican Committee will do everything it can to ensure District law is followed and the rights of members of minority parties are protected," Kabel said.

By Marcia Davis  |  November 24, 2008; 10:04 AM ET
Categories:  2008 District Election  
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But I thought Republicans didn't believe in "Affirmative Action"?

The law is stupid and it's a miracle that it's taken this long for a candidate to circumvent it.

Posted by: hoos3014 | November 24, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Yes because letting dem's run DC has worked great for the last 60 years.

Posted by: DCTT | November 24, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Wait, didn't David Catania do the same thing? He's a former Republican who changed his party position (becoming Independent) to get more votes...typical hypocrisy.

Posted by: cleanconscience | November 24, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

My vote for Brown was a vote against Mara and that "write-in". He is no marvelous politician, but he is a needed balance on the council. One not beholden to the Mayor.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | November 24, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

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