More Mayor-Council Baseball Ticket Travails
A new season, a new round of squabbling.
LL has been informed that Washington Nationals tickets are again a point of contention between the city's executive and legislative branches.
According to Dawn Slonneger, top aide to Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray, the council has yet to receive their allotment of tickets for Monday's home opener. The Nats have told her that all of the tickets are in the possession of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's office.
Last year, a similar dispute arose over the sharing of tickets; the Nats handed them over to the mayor's office, which in turn distributed them only to certain members, leading to charges of favoritism. Gray had his colleagues keep sending the tickets back until they were distributed equitably. The conflict was only resolved when Fenty consigliere Peter Nickles intervened, and the council was given exclusive use of one of two skyboxes provided by the Nats.
Now Fenty, Slonneger says, has the tickets for the original suite, the council suite, and a "smattering" of seats behind first base. The council, however, does have plenty of parking passes—those were delivered last week by Deputy Mayor Neil Albert.
Slonneger says she brought the matter to the attention of her mayoral counterpart, Carrie Kohns, yesterday; as of 11 a.m. today, no arrangement had been worked out. Mayoral spokesperson Mafara Hobson says she had no idea about the ticket situation.