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Posted at 12:14 PM ET, 01/ 6/2011

Mayor stops just short of endorsing Sekou Biddle

By Nikita R Stewart

Mayor Vincent C. Gray said in an interview Thursday that he is supporting Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown's efforts, including his endorsement of state Board of Education member Sekou Biddle for his vacated at-large seat.

Brown and several council members are putting their weight behind Biddle, who is vying for the at-large seat in an April 26 special election. But Thursday night, the 80-odd-member D.C. Democratic State Committee will select a Democrat to hold the seat on an interim basis. The winner in April will fill the unexpired term.

Former council member Vincent Orange ran against Brown for the chairman's seat. The contentious campaign created animosity.

Gray (D) said the council has built a reputation as being able to work together. "I want a council like the council we've had the past four years," he said. "I support Chairman Brown in bringing the council together."

Gray's security detail arrived at Biddle's fundraiser at Ben's Chili Bowl on Tuesday night to do advance, but Gray never showed.

However, Lorraine Green, chairman of Gray's campaign and transition, was a co-sponsor of the event. One Biddle supporter said: "That was just as good. That was like having Biden, instead of Obama."

By Nikita R Stewart  | January 6, 2011; 12:14 PM ET
Categories:  Vincent C. Gray  | Tags:  Kwame Brown, Sekou Biddle, Vincent C. Gray, vince gray, vincent gray  
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