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Posted at 11:25 AM ET, 03/17/2010

Alexander: I'll back Graham over staffer's spouse

Blood is thicker than staff blood, according to Council member Yvette M. Alexander (D-Ward 7).

Education advocate Jeff Smith is vowing a primary challenge to incumbent Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) for his seat. Smith's wife works for Alexander.

But Alexander told a crowd at Georgia Brown's restaurant Tuesday night that she is standing by Graham. "I explained to Jeff Smith my colleagues on the council, as long as we're there, we have to work together," Alexander said in an interview. "It's a democracy. I wish him luck."

She recalled that Graham was the only elected official to attend her first fundraiser in 2007 when she won special election.

Graham's fundraiser also drew Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) and Council member Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4).

-- Nikita Stewart

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  11:25 AM ET, 03/17/2010

Categories:  D.C. Council, D.C. Council, D.C. Council

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