Mendelson and Michael Browns address concerns of voter confusion

Michael Brown is warning voters who are considering casting their ballot for Michael Brown to carefully examine their decision before voting for Michael Brown this year.


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At-large D.C. councilmember Michael A. Brown (I) appeared on TBD's NewsTalk with fellow councilmember Phil Mendelson (D), whose bid for re-election is being challenged by Michael D. Brown, D.C.'s shadow senator.

“People think that Michael Brown on the ballot is the Michael Brown I’m sitting next to, and that’s not true," Mendelson said.

Michael D. Brown, a relative latecomer to the race, has recently emerged as a real threat to Mendelson's re-election. He made a strong challenge to Mendelson in the Ward 4 straw poll in August and a recent Washington Post poll showed that among Democratic voters, Michael D. Brown led Mendelson 38 percent to 21 percent.

"The issue is that he seems to be enjoying the confusion by not campaigning," Michael A. Brown said after appearing on NewsTalk. "He's not knocking on doors, he's not having fundraisers. He's not putting out position papers. ... He doesn't want people to know who he is or what he looks like."

Michael D. Brown defended his candidacy on NewsTalk, saying: "My name is Michael Brown."

"It's ridiculous to assume that none of these people know me," he said.

Mendelson's campaign has distributed voter education fliers with pictures of both the Browns, and he says he thinks voters are starting to realize the mix-up.

Michael A. Brown also said that calls to his office requesting yard signs or information on how to make campaign contributions have slowed.

"It's unusual," Mendelson said. "But it's a voter education issue and that is what campaigns are about. We're fortunate that we have two weeks to work on this issue and I'm seeing that voters are realizing the confusion."

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