Peebles: I still might run against Mayor Fenty
More than two weeks ago, real estate tycoon R. Donahue Peebles announced that he would not run for mayor "at this time" because his mother-in-law is battling pancreatic cancer.
So did that kill any more talk of a Peebles candidacy? Not exactly.
Peebles now tells the Washington Business Journal that he'd still like to run and that "I do believe the opportunity for me to be mayor is now."
Yet, Peebles repeated in the interview that his mother-in-law's illness remains an important factor in this thinking, and any shift in direction will be rooted in "how we're doing as a family. Is there room and time for me to run for mayor?"
He expressed the same sentiment during a phone conversation with The Washington Post Thursday morning. Peebles told The Post that he had agreed to be a guest speaker at next week's meeting of the D.C. Federation of Civic Associations to remain visible in the city. Peebles told The Post he's growing concerned that other potential candidates, such as Council Chair Vincent Gray and at-large member Kwame Brown, won't run and that Mayor Adrian Fenty won't face a serious challenge in the September primary.
Peebles reiterated that he had made his January 5 announcement about holding off on his candidacy because he had promised supporters he'd make a statement about his intentions at the beginning of the year.
He noted that the only reason to announce a candidacy early is to raise money, a strategy that is unnecessary for him because he would finance his own campaign. Last year, Forbes magazine estimated his fortune at $350 million--enough money, it seems, to take one's time contemplating anything. --Paul Schwartzman and Nikita Stewart
January 22, 2010; 4:24 PM ET
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