Opting out - Kweisi Mfume not running in mayor’s race, councilman says

Perennially rumored mayoral candidate and former NAACP president 'definitely' won't run, Councilman D'Adamo says

Far from being a perennial candidate per se, former Maryland Congressman and NAACP President Kweisi Mfume has cast a long shadow on Baltimore’s past two mayoral elections, emerging again this year as the city’s most famous perennial rumored candidate. Full Story »

Posted by Mary Hartney - via Investigative Voice

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Samantha Sherer
2.5
by Samantha Sherer - Sep. 6, 2011

Although there are the makings for a good story, the reporter missed the mark in failing to interview mfume himself on whether or not he was planning to run for mayor. Regardless of whether or not Mfume is unable to speak on the issue, basing an entire article off of a quote from a secondhand source does not lead to a very convincing or seemingly factual article. It would have also been nice if the reporter had interviewed Marylanders on whether or not they were hoping for Mfume to run for mayor, and what their reactions are to the news that he is not planning to. It would have been beneficial since on more than one occasion the article states that Mfume is the city's "most famous perennial rumored candidate," and that Mfume was "widely expected to announce his candidacy later this spring." If he was in fact expected to do so, it would have been nice to have a person other than the author support that claim.

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