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Posted at 01:53 PM ET, 09/16/2010

Bowser left out of the party

This post was updated on Friday, Sept. 17 at 12:25 p.m., to include comment from Office of Cable Television.

The D.C. Council threw a bash Wednesday night, but Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) was left out -- even though she was there.

Hundreds crammed into The Park at 14th nightclub in Northwest for the annual council party to kick off Congressional Black Caucus week. The party morphed into a celebration to honor D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray's victory over Mayor Adrian M. Fenty in Tuesday's Democratic primary.

Gray stood for hours greeting a crush of well-wishers. Many guests said they showed up just to rub elbows with the city's soon-to-be next mayor.

But there was one conspicuous image flashing on all three floors of the club throughout the night. Television screens streamed photographs and the names of Gray and all the other council members, except Bowser.

Numerous guests noticed her absence, and viewed it as a deliberate snub of the Ward 4 council number. Bowser strongly supported Fenty's reelection, and now some Gray supporters say she will be their top target in the 2012 election.

Gray won Ward 4 with nearly 60 percent of the vote, a potentially troubling sign for Bowser's hopes for reelection.

Bowser, who attended the party, said she had "no idea" her name was missing from the list of the council members. "I don't know anything about a screen," she said.

Karen Tolson, director of Television Programming for the Office of Cable Television, has taken responsibilty for Bowser being omitted from the video. Tolson, whose office created the video, called it "an unfortunate oversight."

"We have made the necessary corrections and apologize for any inconvenience experienced," Tolson wrote in an email to Gray's staff.

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