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Alexander: I'll back Graham over staffer's spouse

Blood is thicker than staff blood, according to Council member Yvette M. Alexander (D-Ward 7).

Education advocate Jeff Smith is vowing a primary challenge to incumbent Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) for his seat. Smith's wife works for Alexander.

But Alexander told a crowd at Georgia Brown's restaurant Tuesday night that she is standing by Graham. "I explained to Jeff Smith my colleagues on the council, as long as we're there, we have to work together," Alexander said in an interview. "It's a democracy. I wish him luck."

She recalled that Graham was the only elected official to attend her first fundraiser in 2007 when she won special election.

Graham's fundraiser also drew Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) and Council member Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4).

-- Nikita Stewart

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  March 17, 2010; 11:25 AM ET
Categories:  2010 District Election , D.C. Council , Nikita Stewart  
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Bad move Yvette. Your best move would have been to keep your mouth closed.

Graham is a long time politician that has taken earmarks as an entitlement. He does not have the discipline to change his spots at this stage. It is long time for he and others, like Jack Evans, to retire from the dais.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | March 18, 2010 7:05 AM | Report abuse

I have to agree with concernedaboutdc. Graham's tenure has been more self-serving than serving constituents. It's sickening to have watched his suck-up moves to Fenty.

Posted by: candycane1 | March 18, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

My take is that I like Graham however everyone is overlooking the fact that he was the Chair for WMATA Board and ignored the the recommendation for many years and I myself hold him responsible for the lives that was lost in the worst metro accident ever in DC. He played with the lives of persons everyday that rode the metro and yet no one is looking at that by him ignoring the recommendation that he should be put on trail. He caused the person to lose their lives.

Posted by: brink123 | March 22, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

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