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Michael D. Brown robocall touts Obama comments

Some city voters today received an automated call from at-large D.C. Council candidate Michael D. Brown, and it has some of them upset.

A reader has been so kind as to pass the call along:

A person identifying himself as "John" says: "From his days working at the Democratic National Committee to his citywide election four years ago, Michael Brown continues to make D.C. statehood a top priority. That's why Barack Obama called Michael Brown a strong advocate for the rights of D.C. residents." Then Brown, without identifying himself, comes on to say who paid for the call.

Brown, you might know by now, is being accused of taking advantage of name confusion with current council member Michael A. Brown to leap to the top of the polls. The complaints I've gotten note (a) that Brown doesn't use his middle initial -- which is how his name will read on the Democratic ballot -- and (b) that "John" sounds like he's black. That's notable because Michael D. is white, and Michael A. is black, and some say that the call is intended to generate confusion over who is who.

That said, the call's content is pretty much on the mark, including the Obama comment: As the Democratic establishment battled in 2008 over whether Obama or Hillary Clinton would be the presidential nominee, Brown and fellow shadow senator Paul Strauss were in a position of some influence as DNC superdelegates. When the two both pledged to Obama, his campaign returned the favor by thanking them in a statement attributed to Obama: "Even without the vote, they have always been strong advocates for the rights of DC residents -- rights I will continue to support as President."

By Mike DeBonis  |  September 10, 2010; 8:22 PM ET
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This guy needs to stop pretending now...he has finally shown his hand and proven correct everyone who has said from the start that he is hoping to capitalize on the name confusion. This isn't about race; race is merely a descriptive and identifying factor in distinguishing between Councilmember Michael A. Brown and shadow senator Michael D. Brown. But this guy - "Michael D." - is now blatently inserting race into the equation in a deliberate attempt to keep voters confused. I hope he's proud of himself. This is shameful behavior.

Posted by: mariedc1 | September 10, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

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