City Desk

Weekend in Review

Quote of the weekend, hands down, comes from the District of Columbia's Attorney Very General, Peter Nickles. The quote comes from a story in the Washington Post regarding the contracting irregularities in the Fenty administration—namely, the funneling of recreation projects through the D.C. Housing Authority (DCHA). The Post broke the story late last week, and the D.C. Council is furious at the administration for routing the cash through DCHA and sidestepping the council, which has a statutory function of reviewing all contracts exceeding $1 million.

So here's what Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh had to say, along with Nickles' rejoinder:

"It's almost becoming a lawless administration," said council member Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3). "They seem to have no limits or restraint on what they are willing to do."

Attorney General Peter Nickles, who often speaks on behalf of the administration, said Cheh "has no idea what she's talking about." "For her to make comments like that, it's stupid," he said. "She's an angry woman."

For longtime followers of D.C. politics, a Sunday on a non-election year doesn't get much better than that. We're talking about all-out war here between the always-petty D.C. Council and the totally-always-petty Fenty regime. The bona fides of this particular spat is that, hey, it's not even budget season, and it's more than 10 months away from the next primary. This is a great time to be Loose Lips.

Elsewhere: WaPo mag fronts story about how cool the Renaissance Festival is. I cannot provide any commentary here; this is too huge an event to be dissected within the boundaries of a multi-topic blog post. The RenFe cover must preoccupy at least a series of blog posts to run over the next few days. It's just too huge.

More kudos to Post columnist Colbert I. King for never veering from his obsessions—one of them being homicides in the District, especially those involving youths.

Prez Obama joins, furthers national freakout over swine flu.

Michael Barone in the pages of the Washington Examiner: "Obama at odds with his own vision for the world." Oh, no! We're totally screwed.

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  • Comrade Al Gonzales

    Mary Cheh is a smart, dedicated public servant. Pete Nickles is a lawless thug dressed in a suit. The Council should appoint an inspector general to review the actions taken by Nickles & his office.

    The Fenty administration is nothing but an organized crime family. Fenty, his wife, and his friends & frat brothers loot the public treasury, while Fenty's capo Nickles runs interference, threatening & obstructing anyone who tries to hold Fenty accountable. The whole Fenty crew should be sent to prison.

  • Comrade Al Gonzales

    What about the money the housing authority gave to Fenty's wife for "work" she was unqualified to perform - & probably did not perform. Fenty's wife is just another thief stealing from DC taxpayers, just another pig at the trough.

    A Family of Thieves - Adrian Fenty and his family.

  • Tired of the BS

    Cheh and Nickles are flip-sides of each other. Both claim that their command = the law. Both abuse their offices. Nickles is just worse because he has more power than Cheh does.

  • candycane1

    The city council does not need to extend themselves anymore on the side of political correctness. The council needs to do what is right. The out of touch 5, who always vote on the side of the mayor(evans, catania, bowser, graham, wells) better really start listening to the taxpayers. We've been tired of the mayor and his cronies so voting for the mayor whims will be politically damaging for your next election.

    We want the contracts killed, and the IG and FBI brought in. This is Kwame Kilpatrick and racketeering all over again and it needs to stop now. The mayor and all of his cronies need to be arrested. Hartsock was fired once already. She's still fired. Get her out!. Rhee needs to be investigated for willful mismanagement of the budget costing hundreds their jobs. The FBI needs to step to her as well. If they can hit Jim Graham's office, they need to visit theirs.

  • Comrade Al Gonzales

    The Fenty Family of Thieves - the wife steals from DCHA, the kids stole spots in a DC school w/o following the rules, & of course Adrian is Thief in Chief, leading the crime family.

    Good luck, DC!

  • Sandbox!

    Tired of the BS:
    Don't forget that Nickels forced out Singer, who has long standing and deep ties to Cheh.
    It's a personal thing.

  • Marciela

    It is so disrepectful and sexist of Nickels to refer to Cheh as an "angry woman." He, Fenty, Rhee, Lanier, Albert, Skinner and Karim -- they seem to work for the administration and every other dishonest individual need to all get on a boat, sail for Gilligan's Island and stay there together. They don't need to be rescued, we need to be rescued from them. Then they can run the island however they want!!

    @Candycane: I almost always agree with you. There's only one small point of disagreement today. Fenty is WORSE than Kwame Kilpatrick!

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  • lamedc

    Mary Cheh has become a very angry woman, her classes are boring and she is losing the class she once had. Very sad, she is hanging out with Harry Thomas too much...Candicane, do you think she is going through menopause ? and BTW I agree with you that the council needs to start listening to Tax Payers. Cheh is doing everything but that.