Sulaimon Brown protests exclusion from D.C. mayoral forum
Sulaimon Brown, a former Fenty volunteer turned opponent, said in an email that he is upset about his absence from the guest list of a June 3 mayoral debate planned by civic associations for Palisades, Cleveland Park and Foxhall.
Brown was one of the first to say he would challenge incumbent Adrian M. Fenty in the September Democratic primary. But the civic associations only invited Fenty, Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray and former television reporter Leo Alexander to participate.
"This cannot be a legitimate debate if we are not invited to attend," Brown said in his email to D.C. Wire. He included a request by his campaign to the civic groups for an explanation.
Spence Spencer, president of the Palisades Citizens Association, said in an email that the groups "reserve the right to determine what constitutes a viable candidate."
Here's more of his explanation: "We undertook a bit of an effort to identify all of the candidates who had thrown their hats in the ring, and still could not get any clear listing.
After consulting with all of the three civic associations, we agreed that we would invite the 'leading' candidates that were better-known, and as one Palisades Board member put it, 'viable.' This is the first I think we have heard of Mr. Brown's candidacy, at least among the three civic groups' leadership!"
April 22, 2010; 9:40 AM ET
Categories: 2010 District Election , Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart | Tags: Adrian Fenty, Vincent C. Gray
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