Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright gave Clark Ray her endorsement at a fundraiser Monday evening in Georgetown. Ray is running for an At-Large DC Council seat against incumbent Phil Mendelson in the September 14 Democratic Primary. Of Ray, Albright said:
I rarely endorse in primaries and this is only the second time I am doing it this year. I believe it is essential that we elect people of Clark Ray’s caliber and integrity to government. I know of his work with the Clinton/Gore administration and his commitment to the people of the District.
During the Clinton administration, Ray worked for Tipper Gore during husband Al’s years as vice president. Albright is now a professor of International Relations at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service.
In addition, Albright’s sister, Kathy Silva is a supporter of dog parks. The connection? During his time as head of DC Parks and Recreation, Ray was credited with pushing forward three new dog parks in DC: 17th Street NW, 11th Street NW and one under construction in upper Northwest near Silva’s home.
Mike DeBonis (formerly of Washington City Paper) has a recap of the Ray event over at Post’s D.C. Wire, Debonis’ new gig. The Georgetown Dish blog also has more details. There are also event photos online.
Advice to Ray: Buy a dog and take it with you on your door-to-door campaigning–at least in this neighborhood.
Full disclosure: Borderstan’s editors are supporting Ray in his Council bid. We knew him prior to beginning Borderstan.com.