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Jack Evans: Just Kidding About That Whole Redskins Field Idea

On Tuesday, WTOP reported some vague comments from Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans about the prospect of building a $2 to $3 billion, 110,000-seat stadium with a retractable roof to bring the Redskins back to the District–which, considering he'd just finished a 15-hour hearing he knew that a $188 million budget gap would require making painful cuts to social services, seemed like a particularly ill-timed remark, not to mention a dumb idea (I'm sorry, I'm just still bitter about Qwest and Safeco).

Bisnow called back, undoubtedly asking about how Evans proposed to pay to lure the team back from Landover.

"Turns out that was more of a football fan talking than a politician with a strategy," Bisnow reports. "So we talked CRE instead."

It didn't even get as far as D.C.'s World Cup bid.

  • Rick Mangus

    Evans is not kidding, he's been pushing this stupid idea for the past five years. Let see Evans is up for re-election in another two years and you dumb asses will vote him and the rest of these democratic fools back in to office, how pathetic!

  • tucker

    @ Rick Mangus:

    I'm sure you are much better served by your Ward 5 member, right? WTF has he gotten you? Oh yeah - a summer of murder!

  • truth hurts

    Lydia:

    Check your basic facts, love.

    WTOP reported this the day BEFORE the hearing, meaning Evans talked about it BEFORE the hearing, not after.

    You're right - redevelopment in the city's crappiest neighborhoods is a "dumb" idea.

    Your column is taking a turn for the worse as of late! Time for fresh blood perhaps.

  • Lydia DePillis

    @truth hurts

    Seeing that the article was posted the morning of the hearing, it does appear that Evans proposed the development of a new stadium BEFORE going into a 15-hour gap-closing hearing. Thanks for the correction.

    Sorry to hear you think the column's gotten worse. Want to give it a try?

  • truth hurts

    @ lydia:

    no thanks - thats what you get the big bucks for.

    1 word = boring!

  • http://www.twitter.com/PJOinDC P.J. Orvetti

    Ah yes, the infamously overpaid online D.C. press corps...

  • Sally

    Overpaid and underaccurate.

  • DCitizen

    Lydia- I enjoy your column as much as LL. Don't listen to these idiots- they've all tried to do better but can't. Keep up the good work and keep the very useful information coming.

  • Mayflower

    Just do a better job of getting it right.

    I have an idea - call Evans yourself!

  • WardQueen

    I just hope that 188 MILLION dollar budget gap doesn't threaten much anticipated bannering initiatives in wholly made up, gerrymadered, white neighborhood,
    quasi- districts.

    I hear there is a new citizens group lobbying Jack's Bannering Assistance Office BAO) on behalf of something they are calling NOG-BAD - North of Georgetown-Burleith Adjacent. Also, soon to launch is BannerWatch, an online information service to let you know about bannering coming to your part of town.

  • Anonymous, Too

    Hm-m-m-m. Snyder and the Redskins must not be a client of Patton Boggs. You know, the lobbying firm that supports Jack's $250,000-a-year side job doing its bidding through his part-time stint on the Council.

    http://thefightback.org/2010/10/jack-evans-marriotts-man2/

    Thanks for keeping up on this Lydia!

  • truth hurts

    @ anonymous too:

    evans is legally employed by patton boggs. councilmembers are allowed to have outside employment. and if you are one of the FEW who have advanced degrees, why not? catania does the same.

    take your attitude about the new hotel to any community meeting in shaw and i guarantee you are run out with your tail between your legs. residents wanted it and evans got it done plain and simple. the project is good for shaw and the city.

    your link means nothing. any link to dave maloff is a joke! the guy just goes around trying to shut things down. his last effort at hanks failed. good god - this guys needs to move to falls church.

    and peter tucker? wow - no comment.

  • Rick Mangus

    'tucker', I am a resident of Ward 2!

  • Anonymous, Too

    "evans is legally employed by patton boggs."

    Oh, please! Did I say he wasn't?

    It's what he DOES--using the public trust of his elected office--to enrich his Patton Boggs bosses, his political supporters and cronies, and himself that's the problem.

    He has conflicts up the wazoo--most recently Patton Boggs client Marriott, soon-to-be-client Northrup Grumman, other Major League Baseball franchises, and his supportersi white elephant convention center (to match the white elephant hotel), dirt cheap public property, TIFs, tax-abatements, etc. to his developer pals.

    The scariest part is that Evans has been head of the Finance and Revenue Committee since the late '90s, and despite his complete failure at oversight, will probably be reappointed. And if the Ward 2 voters are as dumb as they seem to be, by the time folks realize what a huckster this guy is, he'll be long gone.

    http://www.city-journal.org/2010/20_4_snd-harrisburg-pa.html

  • Rick Mangus

    'Anonymouse, Too', I am one resident of Ward 2 not drinking Jack's 'Kool Aid'!

  • truth hurts

    rick and anonymous - you guys should move to a ward where the councilmember doesnt even know the names of local developers - try 7 or 8. then you could spend all your time complaining about how things DON'T get built. however it goes, you will find a reason to complain about something. shaw residents, perhaps?

    1) evans recused himself from the marriott vote - check the record on that.

    2) northrup never happened, so thats a non-issue.

    3) other MLB franchises? what in the hell are you talking about?

    4) ask any shaw resident, especially those who found work at the conv ctr or will at the hotel their thoughts on these buildings. they wanted them and they got them. the are good for the hood, brotha!

    5) tax abatements are necessary im afraid. even the biggest lefties around know that you gotta spend money to make money.

    Anonymous, Too - do you also go by Dave Maloff? or peter tucker perhaps? your pointless rants and inability to let go of the past (or enjoy a nice day at the nats stadium) sound awful familiar.

    and thanks for the totally irrelevant link. you make your point oh so well.

    ward 2 is lucky to have evans. and we will get him back in 2012. thank god too - with the likes of thomas, the browns, barry, and alexander, i can see the control board coming sooner than later.

  • holdthatthought

    Lydia,,

    Just come out now and call yourself out as an 'advocate.' This drivel comes straight from their talking points. show us all your ONE DC card and get your articles over to change.org.

  • Anonymous, Too

    "1) evans recused himself from the marriott vote - check the record on that."
    No, you check the record on that... Not until Mallof and Tucker called him out publicly half a dozen times did he recuse himself... on the very last Council vote in June.

    "2) northrup never happened, so thats a non-issue."
    Um, let me get this straight... the fact that Jack-o promoted a phony deal to fuel a bidding war and raise the "purchase" price to get the Northrup Hdqtrs. for MD or VA--and oh, by the way, Northrup is a client of a firm* that merged with Patton Boggs on July 1--is a non-issue? Figures.

    "3) other MLB franchises? what in the hell are you talking about?"
    Patton Boggs has branches all over the US. You're so all-knowing and wise, I'll let you connect the dots.

    "4) ask any shaw resident, especially those who found work at the conv ctr or will at the hotel their thoughts on these buildings. they wanted them and they got them. the are good for the hood, brotha!"
    OMG--you have got to be the biggest honky in DC after Evans. Speaking of white, the convention center is a white elephant--it's costing DC taxpayers $30+ million a year in debt service, the retail is a joke, and conventions are the wave of the past. The matching white elephant hotel will be like every other DC hotel, where 90-99% of the staff live in the burbs and "habla espagnol"...

    "5) tax abatements are necessary im afraid. even the biggest lefties around know that you gotta spend money to make money."
    And I'm sure that logic never applies to YOUR money--just the taxpayers'. Please...The only thing DC residents--particularly in Ward 2--need to be afraid of is folks like you and Evans, who rationalize personal gain on the public's dime as being OK, and who use the public coffers as their personal piggy bank/slush fund.

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    *Washington, DC, July 1, 2010—Patton Boggs LLP is acquiring the Breaux-Lott Leadership Group, combining two of the most recognizable firms in public policy at the nation’s highest-revenue producing public policy law firm.

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