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Posted at 2:38 PM ET, 12/21/2010

Brown 'fully supports' Sekou Biddle, but no endorsement yet

By Mike DeBonis

At last week's debate among the candidates vying to fill the soon-to-be-vacant at-large seat on the D.C. Council, it became increasingly clear that this is a battle of orange vs. Orange.

Candidates such as Kelvin Robinson and Stanley Mayes are campaigning hard and have garnered some support, but in the contest among the 80-some members of the D.C. Democratic State Committee, both appear to trail former council member Vincent Orange and Sekou Biddle, the State Board of Education member representing Ward 4, who uses burnt orange as his campaign color.

Orange, who ran unsuccessfully for council chairman in the September Democratic primary, is well regarded within the party ranks but is not held in such high esteem among some of the city's elected officials -- several of whom are expected to publicly endorse other candidates.

That includes his old buddy, Kwame R. Brown, the chairman-elect, whose seat Biddle seeks to fill.

Their fathers grew up together in New Jersey, and Brown and Biddle attended Wilson Senior High School in the late '80s. They now share a campaign adviser, Tom Lindenfeld, who also famously advised outgoing Mayor Adrian Fenty.

"Sekou's a great guy," Brown said. "He is a man of integrity."

Brown went on to describe Biddle as "a gentleman I fully support." But pressed on whether that constituted his official endorsement, he demurred: "I'm not giving the endorsement right now."

Biddle is courting individual DCDSC members, and is set to roll out a number of endorsements ahead of the Jan. 6 D.C. Democratic State Committee vote, hoping to chip away at Orange's support within the DCDSC. Yesterday, the city's Young Democrats announced that they were backing Biddle.

By Mike DeBonis  | December 21, 2010; 2:38 PM ET
Categories:  Kwame Brown, The District  
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