Michelle Rhee marches with Fenty at Capital Pride
The annual Capital Pride parade traditionally marks the coming-out of the political campaign season. (Sorry, couldn't help myself.)
With several uber-competitive races on tap, there was plenty to note at this year's parade. Tops on the list was who joined Mayor Adrian Fenty at the head of the parade's political contingent: Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee.
It's by far the most visible campaign appearance for Rhee, who is a galvanizing figure on the hustings. She noted in a brief interview that she wanted to march as part of her effort to show same-sex couples that the D.C. Public Schools are welcoming places for their children. Rhee toted a homemade rainbow flag reading "DCPS SUPPORTS ALL KIDS AND ALL FAMILIES!"
Behind Fenty, rival Vincent Gray (D) led about 80 supporters toting custom "Gray Pride" signs -- many of whom traveled in a rented Old Town Trolley.
Now the choice of conveyance might raise some unfortunate associations -- Gray, after all, took no small amount of grief for his nuanced stance on streetcar funding. But, hey, how about his platform: No shoddy, pre-recorded tours for this guy.
While we're talking wheels: The parade also saw the debut of Kwamemobile II. For his 2008 re-election campaign, At-Large Council member Kwame Brown (D) emblazoned his name on a conversion van. For his chairman run, Brown's upped the bling factor: Kwamemobile II is a Cadillac Escalade.
Naturally, politicos were more than happy to tout their roles in legalizing gay marriage. Ward 6 Council member Tommy Wells (D), posing with Ward 3 colleague Mary Cheh (D), wore a wedding veil while riding atop a convertible Mini Cooper rented from Zipcar.
At-Large Council member David Catania (I), a prime architect of the city's same-sex marriage law, printed up T-shirts for newly married and engaged couples. Posing here are Danielle Moodie and Aisha Mills, engaged to be married this summer.
There were some political shenanigans afoot: Cryptic signs reading "Fenty is M.I.A." lined parts the route -- shades of the infamous anti-Carol Schwartz signs of 2008. These signs aren't quite as anonymous -- they were posted by a group led by Lane Hudson, a political consultant supporting Gray. Hudson says he's started a political action committee to raise awareness of what he considers Fenty's spotty record on gay issues.
June 14, 2010; 11:23 AM ET
Categories: Adrian Fenty , The District , Vincent Gray
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