After having helped the campaign behind the scenes for weeks, Peter Rosenstein announced Thursday that he's officially endorsing D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray in the D.C. mayor's race.
Rosenstein, a gay rights activist who served as informal adviser to Mayor Adrian M. Fenty during his 2006 campaign, announced in an op-ed in the Washington Blade that Gray is the "right man for this time in the city's history."
"Gray is a highly intelligent, compassionate, thinking human being," Rosenstein wrote. "He has never looked for the limelight but has steadily and consistently left a positive mark on the District of Columbia."
Rosenstein, a former vice-chairman of the University of the District of Columbia's Board of Trustees, worked on Fenty's policy committee during his 2006 campaign and also served as an informal consultant during the mayor's transition. But in another op-ed in the Washington Blade two weeks ago, Rosenstein savaged the mayor, calling him "an autocrat" who is "unwilling to deal with any criticism or discussion of differences of opinion."
In the scheme of things, Rosenstein's endorsement of Gray will probably not sway many voters, even within the gay community. But it's another sign that many longtime local Democratic and civic activists are coalescing around Gray because of concerns about Fenty's personality and governing style.