City Desk

Harry Thomas Gets Booted, Blames Fenty

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Examiner's Michael Neibauer was first to report this morning that Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. got his car booted last week.

He had failed to pay four tickets incurred by his 2007 Audi Q7 SUV, according to the Department of Motor Vehicles. The Audi was parked in a rush hour zone on Sept. 21; parked in a street-cleaning zone on Oct. 8; parked in a loading zone on Nov. 17; and parked in a bus stop on Dec. 15.

Thomas told Neibauer on Sunday that they were "not valid tickets," which comports with what he told LL on Friday afternoon. Actually, Thomas was somewhat more conciliatory: "I pay my tickets and pay my violations like any other citizen," he said. "I am law-abiding citizen. I follow the rules."

But Thomas was more interested in talking about how LL (and Neibauer) came to find out about his booting.

He pointed out how embarrassing stories have emerged about various foes of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, including Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray home-improvement troubles.

"I have been one of those adversaries," Thomas said. "'Conspiring against the councilmember' is what I'd say to you. That tells you what level it's gotten to...This is this administration trying to feed you stuff."

Perhaps it is, perhaps it isn't; the photo above was e-mailed to LL from one "John Doe."

Moral of the story: Pay your parking tickets.

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