D.C. Council member Tommy Wells endorsed David Grosso’s bid for an at-large seat on the council during a fundraiser Tuesday night in Capitol Hill.
Wells becomes the first sitting council member to throw his support behind Grosso, who is running against council members Vincent B. Orange (D) and Michael A. Brown (I) in the Nov. 6 election.
According to the Hill Rag, which broke the news of the endorsement, Wells told about 70 donors during a fundraiser at Café 8 that Grosso “will bring integrity and honesty to the council.”
“We have a crisis in ethics in our elected government,” Wells said. “To get good government, we have to vote it.”
The endorsement could help Grosso further solidify his support in Ward 6. In the early 2000s, Grosso worked as an aide to former Ward 6 council member Sharon Ambrose, who know co-chairs his campaign.
In recent years, as Wells ponders a bid for mayor, he’s become more aggressive in making early endorsements of council candidates. Last year, Wells became an early backer of Sekou Biddle, who briefly served on the council but lost two races to Orange. Earlier this year, Wells was an early supporter of council member Kenyan McDuffie (D-Ward 5), who won the May special election to replace former council member Harry Thomas Jr.
As an independent, Grosso’s main target in the at-large race is Brown, who holds one of two at-large seats reserved for a non-Democrat. Brown has the support of Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) and council members Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) and Marion Barry (D-Ward 8).
But most council members say they have no plans to make an endorsement in the at-large race.