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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!"

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By Nikita Stewart  |  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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I wouldn't have included Leo Alexander. By his own Facebook he is an admitted racist and a bit of clown. IT would be a distraction.

Posted by: 411Tibby | April 22, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

411Tibby where of Leo Alexander Facebook shows are proves he's a racist? I just looked at his Facebook page and I didn't see anything racist. If you are talking about Alexander being against illegal immigration, I too as most U.S. citizens are against illegal immigration. If a U.S. citizen is against illegal immigration and supports protecting our U.S. borders, I see this as being a good citizen and loving their country. Please put the "crack" pipe down and let it go.

Posted by: Ward4DC | April 22, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

I will not argue your opinion. I will just post the facts. I won't even argue the points of immigration. He makes links between undocumented workers and black unemployment. But if you ask businesses here why won't they hire residents and they tell us consistently that the workers are not labor ready. That is an education issue. But the facts don't penetrate Mr. Alexander.

Where I think he will be a distraction. He does not comport himself with civility. Look at his own Youtubes they are edited to cut out uncivil fights.


Plus he has little understand of actual laws, regulations and programmatic information.

Posted by: 411Tibby | April 22, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

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