Confusing Michael D. Brown robocall: 'Don't be confused!'
Remember Charles Moreland?
Neither did this reporter, who considers himself pretty well informed on the identities of city politicos past and present. Moreland is the city's first shadow representative, serving two terms from 1991 to 1995 before failing in an at-large council run.
He's prominent enough of a name to do a robocall circulating Monday for Michael D. Brown, the current shadow senator and Democratic at-large council candidate, who is facing accusations that he's riding voter name confusion with current council member Michael A. Brown to a substantial lead in the polls over incumbent Phil Mendelson.
Moreland introduces himself only as "former citywide elected official" and goes on to vouch for Brown: "He works hard for the citizens of the District and deserves our support," Moreland says.
"Don't be confused, vote Democratic," Moreland says. "Vote for Michael Brown, city council at large." Then, as in his last call, Brown himself comes on to announce the tag line.
It's become increasingly clear that confusion is exactly what Brown is banking on. Last week, in addition to the other robocall, Brown sent out a mailer -- one that does not feature a picture or, like the call, any mention of his shadow senator position.
The mailer mentions Brown's "days working at the Democratic National Committee" -- Ron Brown, Michael A.'s father, chaired the DNC from 1989 to 1993 -- and his work "getting D.C. statehood" -- Michael A. chaired the a council special committee on "statehood and self-determination."
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