- Obama not worried about Ebola at upcoming African summit in D.C.
- Obama: ‘We tortured some folks’ after 9/11
- Obama administration asked whole D.C. Circuit to take on major Obamacare case
- Mark Levin: Topple GOP leadership or country will ‘unravel’
- Massachusetts to let police chief deny gun buys to those deemed unfit
- John Kerry condemns attack on Israeli soldiers, kidnapping
- U.S. starts to evacuate American Ebola patients from West Africa: Report
- Geraldo slammed as ‘dummy’ for backing Clinton’s bin Laden claim
- Israeli spokesman: No need to debate who broke the cease-fire
- 35 Palestinians killed; Israeli officer missing
Carol Schwartz’s bid for D.C. mayor draws ‘spoiler’ claim from skeptics
Question of the Day
Former D.C. Council member Carol Schwartz announced Monday she will run for mayor as an independent — an unlikely bid after five years out of office that has another candidate suggesting the move is a ploy to play spoiler.
Ms. Schwartz, a Republican who served on the D.C. Council from 1985-1989 and from 1997-2008, outlined her reasons for running in a two-page statement Monday, noting also that she had switched her party affiliation to “independent” last year.
“My love for D.C. is a good part of why I’m running, as well as my great sense of responsibility about its welfare,” Ms. Schwartz said. “We have a boom town and that’s great but we also have to take care of the people who have not gotten the benefits of the boom town.”
Council member David A. Catania, at-large independent, floated the possibility of a run and began raising cash in December. Council member Muriel Bowser, Ward 4 Democrat, won the party’s primary in April after a lengthy campaign.
Though Ms. Schwartz just entered the race, her effect on the contest can’t be dismissed. In each of her campaigns, she collected at least 30 percent of the vote in a city where 75 percent of residents are registered Democrats.
Mr. Catania, also a former Republican, is already facing an uphill battle to lure Democratic voters away from Ms. Bowser. Ms. Schwartz’s entry into the race stands to make that effort even more difficult for Mr. Catania, whose campaign suggested the bid might be a ploy on behalf of the Democrat.
Ms. Bowser’s campaign did not return calls seeking comment.
In the 2008 primary election that cost Ms. Schwartz her at-large seat, Mr. Catania backed her rival, Patrick Mara. After she lost the nomination, Ms. Schwartz mounted an unsuccessful write-in campaign, in which she received endorsements from a handful of council members — including Ms. Bowser.
Ms. Schwartz did not talk specifically about her opponents’ campaigns.
Ms. Schwartz said that at least initially she will be funding her campaign through her own savings until she’s able to start raising money.
“I hope there will be enough money to enable me to get the message out,” she said.
© Copyright 2014 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.
About the Author
Andrea Noble is a crime and public safety reporter for The Washington Times. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Woman fatally struck by bus in Upper Marlboro
- Virginia county revives debate about domestic drones
- GSA picks 3 sites as finalists for new FBI headquarters
- Federal judge grants 90-day stay in D.C. gun case
- D.C. seeks to stay judge's order allowing gun owners to carry in public
Latest Blog Entries
TWT Video Picks
By Orrin G. Hatch
Procedural changes impede the chamber's traditional deliberative function
- U.N. condemns Israel, U.S. for not sharing Iron Dome with Hamas
- Border agents cleared of civil rights complaints from illegal immigrant children
- Obama military strategy too weak for future security, panel reports
- Ben Carson takes major step toward presidential campaign
- Porn-surfing feds blame boredom, lack of work for misbehavior
- Pentagon wants extra $19M to equip, train Ukrainian troops
- 'Big Bang' star Mayim Bialik helps send bulletproof vests to IDF
- Feds raid S.C. home to seize Land Rover in EPA emission-control crackdown
- Australia issues arrest warrant for men believed to be homegrown ISIL terrorists
- Iraq Christians get meeting with top Obama aide
Top 10 U.S. military helicopters
Obama's biggest White House 'fails'
Celebrities turned politicians
Athletes turned actors