The Committee Assignments Are In… (Updated)
The day of reckoning has arrived, at long last, and Almost Council Chairman Kwame Brown has announced how he'll divvy up D.C. Council committee chairmanships.
If Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells' Twitter feed is to be believed, here's how it shakes out:
- Wells and Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham have switched roles, with Wells heading up the Committee on Public Works and Transportation. Wells is also taking Graham's spot on the Metro board. (Update: It appears Wells jumped the gun on that announcement. Brown says he'll make public that pick soon.) This is a big win for Wells, whose office has already released a statement saying how "excited" the multi-modal transit-loving councilmember is. This is also a big loss for Graham, who now gets the pretty thankless role of overseeing the Committee of Human Services in an era of painful budget cuts. His office has not released a statement.
- Graham's silver lining? He gets to keep his cherished role overseeing the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration. Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander has taken to Twitter to voice her displeasure, saying she wants ABRA since she's now been upgraded to the Committee on Public Services and Consumer Affairs.
- Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr., who is currently under a cloud with the ongoing Team Thomas investigation, will be the chairman of the Committee on Economic Development. That sound you hear? WaPo editorial writer Jo-Ann Armao hammering out an editorial blasting the decision. Nevertheless, it's a nice promotion for Thomas.
- Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry was assigned Alexander's old spot on the Committee on Aging and Community Affairs. If the name of the committee doesn't give it away, Brown just sent Barry to legislative no-man's land.
- Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser has been sent to the playground, or the Committee on Libraries, Parks and Recreation, after losing her spot to Alexander. A little payback for being so pro-Fenty? Probably.
Everybody else stays the same when it comes to chairmanships. Remember, these picks aren't finalized until the council votes to approve them.