Six weeks into his candidacy for council chairman, Vincent Orange has lost one of his top aides in a very public, personal departure.
Linda Greene, a former chief of staff to council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8), signed on as Orange's spokeswoman last month. She stood with the candidate and other supporters when he signed his papers to challenge council member Kwame Brown in the contest to succeed Vincent Gray.
In a widely distributed e-mail message Monday, Greene wrote that she had resigned from the campaign because of her personal history with Brown.
"Something was holding me back from giving the campaign my all in all," she wrote.
That something became clear after a conversation with her ex-husband Duke Greene, she said, when he asked how she could campaign against Brown.
Greene said she has known Brown since he was a child through his friendship with her son, Brett.
"Kwame spent many nights and weekends at our home. His is part of my family," she wrote.
Greene wrote that she and Orange remain "good friends" and have "departed on great terms."
Greene was Orange's second-highest paid adviser, earning $4,500-a-month, according to campaign finance records.
Sean Metcalf, Orange's campaign manager, said he needed someone who could run the candidate's Web site and Facebook page and that he "did not find that in Linda Greene."
"We tried to move her somewhere else, but she couldn't find a good fit for the different needs we had," he said, adding that the campaign has no problem with her statement.