Council member Michael Brown (I-At Large) sure sounded like a man preparing to run for mayor at his lunchtime media roundtable today. Brown, who was first elected to the council in 2008, said he would consider taking on Mayor Adrian Fenty in a general election contest if Council Chairman Vincent Gray (D) decides not to get in the race - or is unsuccessful in a Democratic primary bid in September.
Over shrimp salad and wraps, Brown cautioned that he would not make any decision until Gray makes up his mind. But Brown said he is undaunted by the $3 million Fenty has raised for his bid for a second term.
"Three million is a lot, but I don't think that will be the determining factor," he said. "His traditional base may not be there anymore."
Brown criticized Fenty's governing style for what he said was a lack of transparency and accountability.
A representative for Fenty's campaign declined to comment.