DeMorning Links: Looking for Mayor Right


Jack Evans has a slight edge over his potential council competition in name recognition and favorability. (Mark Gail/The Washington Post)

More results are in from the new Washington Post poll: For the three D.C. Council members pondering a run for mayor — Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4), Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) and Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) — residents by and large don’t have an impression of them one way or another. The upshot, I write with pollster Scott Clement, is that “if any of the three were to mount mayoral runs, they would have the challenge and the opportunity of introducing themselves to large swaths of city voters who are not familiar with them.” Meanwhile, asked how they would vote now if the 2010 primary were run again, residents say they would prefer Adrian M. Fenty overwhelmingly over Vincent C. Gray.

In other news:

How Jeffrey Thompson could have had a legal, secretly financed shadow campaign (Post column)

Eleanor Holmes Norton isn’t giving back her Thompson money: “I don’t have any reason to believe that any of the contributions were illegal.” (Loose Lips, WaTimes)

House committee hears lots of reasons why allowing taller buildings in D.C. is a good idea (Post, Roll Call, City Desk, WaTimes, WRC-TV)

And Darrell Issa raises the tantalizing possibility of a commuter tax hearing (D.C. Wire)

Georgetown University eyes strategic expansion — first to Gallery Place, then perhaps to Hill East or Poplar Point (Post)

Report: D.C. police profiled prostitutes based on how many condoms they carried (Post, Blade)

Vincent Gray responds to Post poll results (Post, Examiner, WJLA-TV, WRC-TV, WaTimes)

“What’s prudent for someone caught up in a federal investigation isn’t necessarily right for the city. If he can’t or won’t speak out to bolster his leadership role, then he needs to ask himself if there is any point in staying in office.” (Post editorial)

Jonetta Rose Barras on Gray’s “distract and deflect defense” (Examiner)

A rush to ethical judgment isn’t the same as a rush to legal judgment (Post op-ed)

Richard Nixon won his re-election in 1972 by a landslide — yet that was no defence against evidence of his lackeys’ ‘plumbing’ at the Watergate hotel.” (Economist)

Sage observation from Deborah Simmons: Why weren’t unions at the pro-Gray rally? (WaTimes)

Norton thinks downtown architecture stinks (Examiner)

Gray signs LivingSocial tax package (DCist)

Watch a local news set do “The Butt” (City Desk)

Renovation and repair projects have closed many monuments and memorials (Examiner)

Suspect in bar stabbing turns himself in (Post)

Howard Brooks’s sentencing delayed a few weeks (Examiner)

David Catania appears on Friday’s Politics Hour (WAMU-FM)

Mike DeBonis covers Congress and national politics for The Washington Post. He previously covered D.C. politics and government from 2007 to 2015.

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