White House party crasher Carlos Allen qualifies for D.C. mayoral race, tops ballot
Is this a great country or what? Two of the people who crashed the White House state dinner last fall ended up with a reality-TV deal -- and now a third crasher has ended up on the ballot for D.C. mayor.
At the top of the ballot.
Carlos Allen's announcement that he was entering the race seemed like a gag at first, and his initial attempt to join the Democratic primary fell through when his petition -- just short of the necessary 2,000 valid signatures -- could not withstand a challenge. But just as Allen found a novel way into the White House (still under investigation), he's found a path onto the November ballot: as an independent candidate.
D.C. Board of Elections officials confirmed Wednesday that Allen had secured a spot (the second petition he circulated had ample names and received no challenge). And when they drew from a hat to determine the order, Allen got the top spot. Below him on the ballot, in order of appearance, will be perennial candidate Faith, of the Statehood Green Party; Omari Musa, of the Socialist Workers Party; and finally, a fellow you may have heard of, a Democrat by the name of Vincent Gray.
Allen, a self-employed entrepreneur, got some mocking for the campaign posters he's hung around town touting himself as "the first Afro-Latino." First Afro-Latino what? Mayor? If elected? The candidate laughed that his critics failed to notice there was no period at the end of that sentence, ergo, if you read the whole poster it all made sense.
So, uh, would he keep D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee on the job? Allen: "I can't make a decision until I'm able to speak to her."
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| September 30, 2010; 1:05 AM ET
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