Patrick Mara is indeed a Republican, says Web site
Someone really wants the world to know that D.C. Council candidate Patrick Mara is a Republican. A Web site has appeared advertising that fact: patrickmaraisarepublican.com.
Mara, running for an at-large seat in the April 26 special election, has never denied his party identity, but many of his campaign materials fail to note his party affiliation -- an understandable move in a city where three-quarters of registered voters are Democrats.
The site notes that Mara made donations to Republican presidential candidates George W. Bush and John McCain -- neither of which won more than 10 percent of the District vote.
"The only smoking gun is that I'm a Republican, and everybody knows I'm a Republican," Mara said.
The Internet domain is anonymously registered. Neither Mara nor the executive director of the D.C. Democratic State Committee, David Meadows, knows who put the site together.
Mara says his political donations give him additional credibility in his efforts to lobby Congress on behalf of District autonomy and voting rights. "I'm the only one speaking to Republicans on the Hill about staying out of D.C. [affairs]," he said. "If anything, this betters our position with Republicans on the Hill. ... It further legitimizes my role as an advocate for D.C."
Also: Given events of the prior week -- revelations that the city's Democratic council chairman had two luxury SUVs leased for him, news that the Democratic mayor has increased senior staff salaries and offered a job to a lightly qualified fringe Democratic mayoral candidate -- this is not a bad time to be tarred as a Republican.
| February 25, 2011; 12:48 PM ET
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