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Tipping the Scales in D.C. Council Race

Former recreation director Clark E. Ray is calling in a big favor from his past in his race to unseat D.C. Council member Phil Mendelson (D-At Large).

Tipper Gore, his former boss, will attend his first fundraiser Oct. 13, his camp announced.

Ray, who began his campaign for the council after he was terminated as director of Parks and Recreation, was deputy campaign manager and chief of staff for Tipper Gore during Gore 2000, said Peter Rosenstein, a lead spokesman of Ray's campaign.

Rosenstein said Ray's entrance into the council election should not have been unexpected. His Democratic and political roots are strong, he said. "He's not new to politics," Rosenstein said.

Ray is up against Mendelson, who handily beat opponent A. Scott Bolden in the 2006 primary with 64 percent of the vote.

-- Nikita Stewart

By Washington Post Editors  |  September 8, 2009; 11:24 AM ET
Categories:  City Life , D.C. Council , D.C. Democrats & Republicans , Nikita Stewart  | Tags: Clark E. Ray, D.C. Council, Phil Mendelson, Tipper Gore, election, primary  
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I like Tipper Gore but Tipper doesn't live in DC and does not represent what DC residents need. What DC doesn't need is a person who supports education reform Fenty style. The latest cheating suspicions validates my feeling that Mr. Clark is out of touch with what is really happening in DC. WE still need someone who is not afraid to stand alone against the mayor and is true to his beliefs.

Posted by: candycane1 | September 8, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

"Deputy Campaign Manager" to the wife of the vice president who could not win his home state when he ran for president against a lame-brain in 2000? And why do we care?

Posted by: DistrictIndependent | September 8, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Cripes, is this the best we can hope for to unseat the crime-coddling Mendelson???

Posted by: mendelsonmustgo | September 9, 2009 5:55 PM | Report abuse

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