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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

Good morning D.C.! How about "The Bachelorette" last night? Crazy, right? Well, don’t spoil it for LL—who was stuck at a mayoral forum in Ward 6, hosted by the Public Interest Civic Association Forum. If LL had to guess who would have been sent home without a rose based on their performance at the forum, he'd pick Mayor Adrian Fenty. Why? Because Hizzoner didn’t show up. Or maybe he was there, maybe he’s everywhere, in our hearts, like somebody else we all know...

So is Vince Gray Buddha? Fenty pal, giver of firetrucks and quote machine Ron Moten compared Fenty to Jesus Saturday at a “Go-Go 4 Fenty” event held at in a parking lot at RFK stadium, reports Mike DeBonis of the Washington Post. Said Moten: "If you understand what they did to Jesus, on Monday, everybody was praising him. Wednesday, he went to court, and all the people who he helped, nobody came to court for him... On Friday, they crucified him... The reason why we're here today is to get the facts out to you so history don't repeat itself again." Just a tad over the top? LL can only imagine what history might look like if Peter Nickles had been Jesus’ attorney. DeBonis also explained why Anwan "Big G" Glover, of "The Wire" and Backyard fame, is such a strong Fenty supporter. “Glover explained that his ties to Fenty were bound after Fenty, as a councilmember, wrote a letter to a Superior Court judge ruling on a 2004 gun charge. If Glover, then nearing the height of his 'Wire' fame, had been jailed, it would have been a serious blow to his career. He ended up getting probation.” The whole post is a must-read, but one other tidbit LL found worth sharing is was Moten’s channeling of his inner Karl Rove when talking about Fenty challenger Vincent Gray: "He's a flip-flopper, y'all. He's gonna tell everybody what they need to hear."

Taxes Schmaxes: At-Large Councilmember Michael Brown owes owed Uncle Sam more than $50,000 in back taxes, according to Jim McElhatton of the Washington Times. “A copy of the lien filed against Mr. Brown at the D.C. Office of the Recorder of Deeds shows tax debts of $7,128.22 for 2004, $28,625.11 for 2005, $5,176.17 for 2007 and $11,951.18 for 2008. Mr. Brown said he is close to paying off the tax debts. He said he has been on a scheduled installment plan with the IRS for about two years and that he's never missed a payment. He said his last payment is scheduled for August. 'Nothing has been done wrong, zero,' he said, adding that his situation is no different from those of millions of Americans working to pay off taxes through installment plans with the IRS.” First Marion Barry, then Kwame Brown, and now Michael Brown. Memo to all councilmembers with money problems: there’s blood in the water, and the sharks are circling. It might be better to come clean now rather than let an enterprising reporter uncover your misdeeds. (Though LL's editors wouldn't mind if an enterprising City Paper reporter did the uncovering!) (NOTE: This item had the tense wrong originally; Brown has paid off much of the debt already.)

When at First You Don't Succeed: Remember last week when the Examiner's Billy Myers reported that Abdullahi Barrow, a key figured into the D.C. Council's investigation of how the Fenty administration awarded park contracts, failed the engineering licensing test seven times before a Fenty-approved board game him license anyway? Well, turns out, as Myers reports, the special investigator is now looking into that matter as well. "Veteran lawyer Robert Trout, who is leading the council's investigation, briefed members Monday morning. He told them he wants to know how Abdullahi Barrow obtained his license just months before his company was made a subcontractor in several parks and recreation contracts, multiple sources told The Examiner." What's even more interesting, on the political side of things: "Trout told council members Monday that his investigation is like 'peeling an onion,' and his report won't be finished until late September at the earliest—after this year's Democratic primaries."

AFTER THE JUMP: Metro bus shenanigans; Orange manifesto; H Street cash...

If Pretending to be a Metrobus Driver is Wrong, I Don’t Want to be Right: The Examiner’s Kytja Weir finds Metro is closing doors for would-be poseurs. “Metro says it is working to enhance security at its facilities, just days after a bus was stolen from a garage and reportedly driven on its regular route by a teen in a Metro uniform. The agency already has taken some action, according to Metro spokesman Steven Taubenkibel, but plans to increase security further this week, including adding security checks of employees entering and exiting each of its bus facilities. In the long term, the agency is considering adding more fencing, lighting and security cameras, plus new technology to verify driver identification and disable buses remotely, he said.” Forget disabling buses remotely; LL dreams of the day when Metro can un-disable them remotely.

Orange You Glad I Have a Plan: WaPo’s Ann Marimow breaks down D.C. Council chairman candidate Vincent Orange’s “manifesto.” "Orange's five-point plan calls for expanding pre-K programs for toddlers and vocational and employment training for young adults, reducing energy costs for residents and enforcing employment measures designed to ensure better wages and more jobs for District residents. But much of the document—replete with attractive photos and pull quotes—is repetitive, listing the elements of a sustainable energy initiative three times; the 13 highlights from his tenure on the council twice; and his compelling personal story several times. Orange draws on a theme from his unsuccessful 2006 mayoral bid, pointing to what he calls the 'connection between education, employment and economic development.'"

Bacon Spreading: WBJ’s Michael Neibauer reports that Ward 6 Councilman Tommy Wells is looking to spend some of the $25 million the council set aside for H Street in 2007. “Wells is expected to introduced legislation Tuesday that would allocate $5 million for small businesses on H Street NE and another $5 million for Guy Steuart's mixed-use project at Third and H."

Easy Work if You Can Get It: Neibauer also reports on an investigation of the Office of the Chief Technology Officer that finds plenty to be concerned about. "The District's technology office is overly reliant on contractors, too eager to award jobs to under-qualified local businesses and not nearly aggressive enough in its monitoring of their work, setting up a system that is easily defrauded and wastes piles of taxpayer dollars, a new report finds." ... "Of larger concern, perhaps, is the District's certified business enterprise program, which requires the government to direct 'significant amounts of procurement' to D.C. businesses. In the technology field, the report states, CBEs often do little more than find applicants to fill open jobs. The District pays the CBE, and the CBE pays the contractor."

I Got a Bad Feeling About This: Harry Jaffe’s take in the Examiner on the city’s latest purchase: “I was left with a queasy feeling when the hearing ended. The city got rooked—again—this time for more than $80 million. In the unraveling of the United Medical Center hospital deal, there is a loose string. Give it a tug and you can see the half-baked dreams, liberal guilt, bets on the come and the kind of funny money accounting that led the District to the financial control board and near bankruptcy 15 years ago.”

Speaking of hospitals, a potential buyer? [DeBonis]

Police brass and Council at odds over what to do with jailed illegal immigrants. [Examiner]

National Zoo vets headed to the Gulf to help nurse birds back to health. [WAMU]

Cindy Sheehan cleared. [AP]

Reagan statue maybe coming to Reagan Airport. [FOXDC]

Mayor's schedule: Remarks at Microsoft’s 2010 Worldwide Partner Conference, Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Room 306, 3:30 p.m.

Council schedule: Legislative meeting, Wilson Building, Room 500, 10 a.m.

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Comments

  1. #1

    Moten compares Fenty to Jesus. He has reached his limit on the Fenty Kool Aid. Judas, if the citizens of the District were Jesus, maybe, Jesus, never!!!

    I believe it is the Fenty camp that is speaking with the forked tongue.

    Fenty is an athiest. He doesn't even BELIEVE in Jesus.

  2. #2

    RON MOTEN IS TELLING US TO CRUCIFY ADRIAN FENTY!!!!!

  3. #3

    A Metrobus driver left the bus running with only the three of us on it the other night as he went across the street for something in Northwest. I'm not surprised someone else was able to take off with a Metrobus.

  4. #4

    Ron Moten is street trash! King Fenty's association with the former convicted felon and ghetto trash will be his downfall.

  5. #5

    DCDEM,

    Thank you for repeating another lie about Fenty. He isn't an atheist. But, hell, why bother with the truth. You Fenty haters lie like rugs with no remorse. Don't stop now.

    Also, people use that line in Church all of the time. We are supposed to use Christ's life as an example. His challenges were overcome to show us the road to do the same.

    But hey, Fenty isn't God's child. Why should his struggles be like ours? The rules of nature don't apply to him. And, he is 100% wrong about everything he ever did. And, if he was right, he was stealing. Or, he was beating his wife. Or, shooting his dog and raping his neighbors daughter.

    Really, you baised people really go overboard. But, you know how it goes. Your chickens come home to roost. I sincerely hope they don't roost on your childs ACT scores.

    And save the line about Fenty reaping what he sowed. At worse, Fenty will be a 39 year old ex-mayor that is friends with a sitting US president. He will find a job. In fact, he gets a pension.

    But, when your bama ass Gray turns the keys over to the Washington Teachers Union...your kids might not be so lucky.

  6. #6

    Fenty raped his neighbor's daughter?
    He's friends with Obama?

    What a guy!!!

  7. #7

    @ HYMESB: Amen.

  8. Georgia Avenue Day
    #8

    Hymesb, just a lil' FYI baby, Obama hasn't kicked it with Fenty since their inaugural half smoke at Ben's.

    Yeah, yeah so Fenty just so happened to run into Obama at Wizards and Georgetown games and someone snapped a photo of them seated together...doesn't mean they are homies.

    Obama isn't inviting Fenty to come have a hamburger with him and dignitaries that are visiting DC. They aren't having weekly conversations with each other about the World Cup, Lebron going to Miami or their kids. Obama and Fenty are not friends.

    I am pretty sure that Obama's PR-people advised him to stay the hell away from Fenty with all the controversy surrounding Fenty and alleged wife-beating-dirty contracts-baseball ticket pettiness-insurance premiums never being paid-allowing his frat brothers to drive government owned vehicles-publicly hanging with ex-felon Ron Moten who heads up Peaceoholics which employed an individual that sexual assaulted a teenage girl in a DC public school.

    Hell screw the PR-people, Obama's daughter Malia and their dog Bo' could have easily advised him to stay the hell away from Fenty with all the questionable shit surrounding Fenty.

    And once Fenty is an ex-mayor (please god) he will find a job as what....?

    Let's hope it won't be public speaking engagements because we've seen Fenty's mild autisum on the Fox 5 morning news.

    Oh yeah a big time law firm will scoop Fenty aka the Howard Law grad that continually uses the terms "Mens Rea" and "thesis" in the wrong context publicly.

    downtown rez and Truth Hurts, bring it on.

  9. #9

    Ron Moten compares Mayor Adrian M. Fenty to Jesus. This is blasphemous! Adrian Fenty doesn't believe in God and he doesn't belong to a church. Most so called black politicians belong to a churh and attend church weekly. What church does King Fenty belong to?

    http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2010/07/13/fenty-ally-compares-embattled-d-c-mayor-to-jesus/?fbid=Y0uq7cDjTj8

    Mike
    Ward 5 D.C. Resident
    Michigan Park

  10. #10

    BlackOmega: How can it be blasphemous to compare someone to an utterly fictional figure?

  11. #11

    Said Moten: "If you understand what they did to Jesus, on Monday, everybody was praising him. Wednesday, he went to court, and all the people who he helped, nobody came to court for him... On Friday, they crucified him... The reason why we're here today is to get the facts out to you so history don't repeat itself again."

    WHATTT???!!! THAT SHIT IS SOOOO FUNNY.

    COULD IT BE BROTHER RON IS A BIT CONFUSED WITH HIS CHRISTIAN UPBRINGING? COULD IT BE RESURRECTED RON GOT HIS DAYS SCRAMBLED TRYIN' TO MAKE A POINT?

    RON MAYBE YOU NEED TO BROWSE CHRISTIANITY FOR DUMMIES. JESUS BASICALLY CUSSED EVERYBODY OUT THAT WAS SOMEBODY BACK IN HIS DAY ON MONDAY THRU WEDNESDAY TO THE POINT THEY BOUGHT HIM UP ON CHARGES. BROKE BREAD WITH HIS BOYS AND PARTY'D IT UP THAT THURSDAY CAUSE YOU KNOW HOW IT IS WHEN YOU GOT TO GO TO COURT THE NEXT DAY KNOWING YOUR ASS ABOUT TO BE STEPPED BACK. WENT TO SEE THE MAN ON FRIDAY
    FOLKS FOUND HIM GUILTY THE REST IS HISTORY.

    SOME WHERE IN THERE HIS MAIN MAN (JUDAS) POINTED HIM OUT TO THE FEDS. YOU KNOW. SOLD HIM OUT. LET’S NOT FORGET THE REASON WHY. $$$$MONEY$$$$$! SO RON-RON GET YOUR FACTS SKRAIGHT.

    WOW! THE CURRENT (SO-CALLED) MAYOR OF THE MOST POWERFUL CITY OF THE MOST POWERFUL NATION ON THE PLANET HAVE THE MOST IGNORANT PERSON IN THE CITY SPEAKING ON HIS BEHALF.

    SEND IN THE CLOWNS!

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    "And save the line about Fenty reaping what he sowed. At worse, Fenty will be a 39 year old ex-mayor that is friends with a sitting US president . . ."

    Hymesb=RON MOTEN 2.0

  12. #12

    LOL@NOODLEZ

    John, you are godless like King Fenty. Most crackers are godless and are no believers.

  13. #13

    I am okay with the comparison as long as Fenty finds the deepest part of the Potomac and attempts to walk on water.

  14. #14

    Hymesb and TH- Ron Moten supporting anyone is questionable. Ron Moten comparing someone to Jesus is just insane. How can you two actually defend this point- nothing else, nothing about Gray, nothing about the mass conspiracy to sullen the good Fenty name. Just this specific issue.

  15. #15

    @Hymesb: I'll admit that Adrian Fenty's being an atheist is a story that has followed him since being a council member. I honestly don't know, or care,but presumed it to be true because so many people I know, including ministers, have said the same.

    Nonetheless, the comparison of Fenty's struggles with those of Christ are a bit much whether you care to admit it or now. You would think the man has undergone the trials of JOB.

    You seem to have prematurely acknowledged defeat in that you have already placed Fenty in the ex-Mayor's box, and wrongly associated him as the next political appointee of Barrack Obama, who has, at best, distanced himself from his highness.

    I, on the other hand, presume nothing. Fenty may win re-election. But Ron Moten continues to do a disservice to his reelection bid. He is his Achilles heel. Ron Moten is nothing more than an eternal welfare case completely dependent on tax dollars to underwrite his living. And his association of Fenty with Jesus is going to do nothing more than turn an entire segment of the electorate completely off.

    In politics, perception is reality. To be known to be arrogant and then have a supporter compare you to Christ is NOT going to help the "embattled" Mayor.

  16. #16

    Fenty being an atheist is neither here nor there. His comparison to any religious or historical figure should draw ire--if he was compared to Abe Lincoln.

    But I don't think it is lie that Mayor Fenty is an atheist or more accurately an Agnostic--the issue came up early in his careers and he said on record he is not affiliated with a Church leading to the assumption he is an atheist because back then if there were two people in a room Fenty would have gone to the opening of an envelope must less a megachurch with a congregession of voters, leading to the belief that he is not part of the church as a matter of faith.

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