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Mary Cheh still staying out of mayoral race

Mary Cheh

On WTOP's Politics Program this morning, Ward 3 council member Mary Cheh was pressed on her preference in the mayoral race. The popular incumbent refused to bite, handing host Mark Plotkin a well-worn cop out: "At the moment, I'm focusing entirely on my race."

Ward 3 voters, she added, are "extraordinarily sophisticated and will be able to make up their own minds."

That said, Cheh has been a frequent critic of Mayor Adrian Fenty in recent years, and a endorsement from the council member in a ward expected to heavily favor Fenty would a major boon to Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray. But Cheh is walking a political tightrope: She has to appease the local party faithful, who are backing Gray, while trying to avoid alienating Ward 3 residents fond of Fenty -- or more to the point, Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee.

Cheh did step up her critique in one way: She said she found it "extremely disappointing" that Rhee had indicated earlier this week that she would not be inclined to work for Gray.

"I would want her to say, 'Whoever is mayor, I want to be able to finish the job,'" Cheh said. "I don't think that door should be closed."

Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post

By Mike DeBonis  |  July 2, 2010; 12:07 PM ET
Categories:  DCision 2010 , The District  
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