Loose Lips

Gray’s Former COS Went to Bat For Sulaimon?

If you're a reader with a lax boss, you might tune in to the entertaining (but very, very long) D.C. Council hearing on the Gray administration's hiring practices.

There's been plenty of grandstanding by councilmembers Mary Cheh, David Catania and Marion Barry. Cheh's trying to show she's serious about investigating her close ally's administration; Catania's trying to show that Cheh is doing nothing of the sort; and Barry's trying to defend Mayor Vince Gray and attack Catania and the media at the same time.

While council squabbles can be fun to watch, here's something more substantive to chew on: Gray's former chief of staff Gerri Mason Hall was apparently very invested in getting Sulaimon Brown a job.

Inspector General Charles Willoughby testified that Hall called him on Jan. 14 and asked him to meet Brown, the failed mayoral candidate who has accused Gray's aides of promising him a job and paying him cash for bashing former Mayor Adrian Fenty on the campaign trail.

Willoughby said Hall called and said that Brown was interested in a job opening as an auditor at the I.G.'s office. Willoughby said he told Hall that the auditor's job was filled. Hall then asked Willoughby to have a meeting with Brown as a courtesy to her.

Willoughby emphasized repeatedly that his 15-minute meeting with Brown was not a job interview, but just a chat to clear up for Brown that there was no job opening.

Under questioning from Catania, Willoughby said that he'd never received a request similar to Hall's during the administrations of Fenty and former Mayor Anthony Williams.

Catania also noted that shortly after Brown's meeting with Willoughby, he was on the city payroll with the Department of Health Care Finance.

That agency's former chief of staff, Talib Karim, told councilmembers that Hall appointed Brown to DHCF.

Hall isn't at today's hearing, but is supposed to testify at a future hearing sometime soon.

Gray has always denied the allegations that he promised Brown a job, saying he only promised a job interview. Hall seems to have fulfilled that promise by setting Brown up with Willoughby. So the question is, why'd she go beyond that?

Comments

  1. #1

    ONE CITY, Baby!

    What a bunch of clowns these folks are. Oh, and One Citidiots, if there are any of you left, take note of the below:

    "Under questioning from Catania, Willoughby said that he'd never received a request similar to Hall's during the administrations of Fenty and former Mayor Anthony Williams"

    Looking forward to the state of the district speech tonight. I bet we get lots of talk about the "panels to study the benefits of having a commission to study XYZ" formed, and maybe a sneak peak at the all-important 200 day plan. I'll be the one outside with a boombox pumping the Hives's "Hate to say I told you so".

    One City, no leaders.

  2. #2

    Fenty hired friends all day long and he got interviews for friends of his wife and jobs for them. Some only got interviews and a lot of them got jobs. This hearing is ridiculous. Mayor Williams hired people he knew and people his staff knew. You people know that there is not one government officialthroughtout the United States and the World who hires all new staff of people they do not know.

  3. #3

    DC At-Large Councilmember David Catania is one vicious mean spirited Queen.

  4. #4

    Mayor Vincent Gray is a big disappointment to many of his supporters. I voted for Gray, but I didn't think he was a good candidate. Many DC voters voted for Gray only because they hated former King Adrian M. Fenty. I will not watch the mayor's State of the District address tonight and I will not watch President Obama's State of the Union address tonight regarding Lybia. I will be watching 'Being Human' on the Syfy Channel.

    We are living in perilous times!

  5. #5

    As ex-Mayor-for-Life Barry would say, "To the victors belong the spoils!" This means jobs for the Community! (read, politically connected). One city, baby! This means that Marion's friends should get the jobs. And you goo-goos (good government types) in Ward 3 and elsewhere, pay up and shut up!

  6. #6

    I found it very interesting that Suliamon was put to work on the UMC RFP.
    Wasn't that the entity that Brooks does/did business with, and is suing DC for 10 million over?

  7. #7

    Mo Barry aka (Crackatowa) defending One Term Gray, well I guess there is reason for the saying, "Birds of a feather flock together", but you the citizens were warned and voted these bastards in office!

  8. #8

    Southeast Ken, you have articulated the truth!

  9. #9

    I see Cherita Whiting sitting in the back at Gray's State of the District address. LOL

  10. #10

    @Tony; thanks. I am trying to stay up beat. I am watching 'Being Human' on the Syfy Channel. LOL

  11. #11

    @David, I feel you man but what can you say when you're dealing with scorned b#tches. Everything they think they see will be gospel even though this Mayor has been found guilty of absolutely nothing. But I guess B's will be B's, next they'll be saying he didn't shake it enough when he left the urinal.

  12. #12

    You left out the part when Barry threw a name out of somebody that Catania sent over to work at Health Care Finance. I don't know all the details but by the reaction the old man hit a raw nerve. LOL

  13. #13

    More on the Cherita Whiting story and MPD. I wonder why the Washington City Paper has reported on this dirt? They like digging up dirt on everyone else?

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/mar/28/one-charge-against-fired-officer-dropped/?page=1#

  14. #14

    You gentrifiers; pompous, snobby, FAKE, FRAUD, SCARED ass pilgrims and QUEENS (ricky "mangey ass MAN luv'n" MANGUS BEEFEATER, you step n fetchit negros and petty purveyors of perturbation in your full glory and ignorance should be proud of yourselves!!!

    With monickers like ONE CIDIOTS and CRACKATOWN really shoud be the voice of reason and political correctness, NOT!

    It amazes me at the prospect of watching grown individuals revert back to their adolescent ways due to fear and wickedness!!! These attacks are no more than childish fears permeating thru the pores of cry baby adults who have no other recourse than to do what's naturally best for YOU, lie, inflate, distort and attack with no rhyme or reason!

    Idiots like RAKE and that GUMP MANGUS only find solace when they hear you can take the CHOCOLATE is no more in city and BEEF is on deck!

    Making much ado about nothing, same as for Marion the past 5 years here on WCP, I guess you guys now have another bullseye to nail, but look'a here, if that's the way of the press then this will have consequences.....WHITEY up and let's see how that particular brand fairs better with congressional oversight, petty politics and a RACIAL divide so thick MANGUS couldn"t TAKE IT!

    SMDH and yes this is RACIAL just as any and everything else!

  15. #15

    2014 cannot come soon enough. Thanks to the incompetence of the voters, DC will see its first elected white mayor!

  16. AnotherDCResident
    #16

    @anothernative: really? c'mon! do we really believe hall was some lone actor in all of this? that that crook and skunk lorraine green had nothing to do with it? you are correct that gray himself has not been found guilty of anything illegal (yet) other than a serious lapse of character, integrity, and leadership. making hall the scapegoat just doesn't cut it. gray is a sham, and i look forward to his recall or end of his first term.

  17. #17

    IT'S A SAD DAY FOR FOLK WHO HATE GRAY 'CAUSE IF THIS IS ALL YOU GOT (QUESTIONABLE HIRES AT THE BEGINNING OF HIS TERM) THEN YOU CHUMPS ARE IN FOR A LONG 4 YRS.

    WOW!

    ONE CITY SITTING BACK LAUGHING AND SMILING AT THE FAGGIE FENTY FOLLOWERS FRANTICALLY FAILING!

  18. #18

    If that's all we've got - Lol'z. It's been 70-80 days, and we have an active FBI investigation and a council probe. And the Gray administration will get better when, exactly?

    What troubles me more than the endless nonsense coming out of the administration and the lack of progress was the SOD speech last night. 70 minutes long, people were walking out, and I counted at least 10 people asleep in their chairs.

    In 70 minutes, virtually no concrete plans were discussed, just campaign rhetoric about boats tethered in the harbor, and a half hearted acknowledgement that the first 70-80 days have been a colossal disaster. I came away thinking that Vince is either dumb, or just too insulated to understand what is going on. I'm guessing the latter, as he strikes me a basically an intelligent guy. Either way, no cause for celebration, as it's his base that will be most troubled by his continued failings.

    At least some solace will be provided to Vince's base, as they can come to LL and spit homophobic venom at "fenty followers" and catania. It's ignorant, but hey, if that's all you've got - the ONE CITIDIOT monicker is well earned.

  19. all of this is messy
    #19

    anyone here in this blog that feels the need to continue to lobby for mr. gray is simple as crap. your mayor mr. gray cried through out the campaign about cronyism and nepotism and here he comes doing just that. you people scare me that im living in the same city with a bunch of no common sense people. you all must sit at the table with noodlez eating mush that causes your brains to be as loose as oodles of noodlez.

  20. #20

    @Noodlez; my brother, I don't hate Mayor Vincent Gray. I am disappointed in both he and Kwame Brown. I didn't see Gray as a strong candidate, but I would have voted for Satan to get former King Fenty's ass out of office. Miss Catania is an evil vicious human being. All the evil things that he's done to people will come back on him. I truly feel, Catania is one gay racist white male. This isn't to say, all white gay men are racist. In my opinion, Catania represents pure evil. On some blogs, white gay men are saying, Catania will be the next mayor in 2014 if the white population is 50%.

  21. #21

    Noodlez, we are living in perilous times in this country. There are things going on that's much bigger than Mayor Gray and our city. We don't know what our Federal Government is doing behind closed doors, while we are sleeping. I hope and pray, we don't wake up one morning and DC is in turmoil because some country abroad has bombed us. I feel, something bad is about to happen in our country.

  22. #22

    Gray surrounded himself with gutter people, particularly Lorraine Greene and Hall-Mason (Her emissary in the Mayor's Office) following his primary victory and allowed them to run off all of the good people that worked to gain him that victory. That, was his marquis mistake. Now he is paying for it. It is nothing that he will not overcome.

    He should fall silent on these issues, cooperate with the many investigations, and attend to the business of the city.

    Let "Crazy Lips" do what he does. Chase tabloid.

  23. #23

    Former Loose "Crazy" Lips MDB in today's WP:
    Gray’s speech, by most accounts, was long and unsurprising, offering little besides his “One City” platitudes to change the developing narrative of his mayoralty. I

  24. #24

    I read the speech and was inspired by the absence of acknowledgment of the scandals of the day. It was a positive sign that the Mayor is done with it, barring his cooperation in the pending investigations and is moving forward with the business of the city.

    Both "Crazy Lips" are free to carry on with the tabloid sensationalism.

    When they have facts to back up the allegations; the story is unsubstantiated innuendo unworthy of any further serious attention. Those wish to suck on sour grapes, enjoy!!!

  25. #25

    @ Rake-YES. THAT IS ALL YOU GOT. IF YOU HOLD ON TO IT LONG ENUF IT WILL TURN BLUE AND FALL OFF. THEN WHAT WILL YOU HAVE???

    FBI PROBE? YEAH RIGHT. YOU ARE HANGING YOUR HAT ON SULIAMON BROWN? DAMN SLIM. I WAS GIVING YOU SOME CREDIT BUT NOW THAT CREDITBILITY IS LOST. THAT CLOWN IS GONNA END UP IN JAIL FOR ALL THE LIES AND BULLSHIT HE’S PERPETRATING.

    WOW! DESPERATION IS A MUTHA.

    **********************************************************

    @ Southeast Ken-LETS GET SOMETHING STRAIGHT. RIGHT HERE AND NOW!!!

    GAYTANIA WILL NEVER BE MAYOR OF WDC. HE IS TOO WHITE, TOO GAY AND TOO REPUBLICAN. FOLKS SEEM TO HAVE SELECTIVE MEMORY WHEN IT COMES TO THAT COCKSUCKER. HE IS A REPUBLICAN. PERIOD. HE DESIGNATED HIMSELF AS AN INDEPENDENT ONLY TO RUN FOR SEAT ON COUNCIL.

    WHAT MAKES IT SO BAD IS THAT HOMOSEXUALS DONT CARE FOR SHIM. THEY IDENTIFY MORE WITH GRAHAM. THE ONLY THING HE DID WAS CREATE WDC AS LAS VEGAS FOR GAY FOLK. THEY RUN HERE, GET MARRIED AND ROLL OUT.

    HE WANTED COUNCIL CHAIR BUT FENTY FUCKED THAT UP ONCE HE GOT EXPOSED FOR THE FUCKUP THAT HE IS.

    THE WHITE POPULATION WILL NEVER REACH 50% IN DC. THE LATINO POPULATION WILL REACH 50% BEFORE WHITEYS WILL.

    *******************************************************
    @all of this is messy-WHAT DCIST IS NOT TICKLING YOUR FANCY?

    DONT HAVE TO LOBBY FOR GRAY. ALL THE HATERS ARE BASICALLY GALVANIZING HIS SUPPORTERS. LIKE I SAID IF THIS IS ALL YOU GOT AND IF THIS IS ALL YOU CAN DIG UP ON HIM AFTER HE OPENED UP CITY GOV'T TO THE LIKES OF SEWERMAN AND HIS GARBAGE THEN HAVE AT IT. HIT ME UP WHEN HE REACHES SOME 1ST LEVEL FENTY SHIT.

    "you people scare me that im living in the same city with a bunch of no common sense people." YOU ARE ATYPICAL WHITEY THAT MILLOY CALLED OUT. YOUR WEAK, DUMB ASS RHETORIC IS UNMOVING. SEE YOU’VE BEEN TALKING IN CODE OUT OF FEAR THAT SOME BLACK MOFO GONNA WHOOP YOUR ASS IF YOU SAY THE WRONG THING WITHIN EAR SHOT. WHY DON’T YOU MOVE DOWN SW VIRGINIA, HANG AROUND SOME REDNECKS FOR A FEW MONTHS THEN MAKE A RACIST COMMENT THAT WAY IT WILL SOUND A BIT MORE AUTHENTIC AND MAYBE YOU WILL GET AN EFFECT FROM IT.

    YOU REALLY NEED TO LET IT OUT HOMEBOY THAT WAY YOU WON’T BE SO ANGRY WHEN ONE OF THOSE BLACK GAY BOYS THAT HANG DOWN GALLERY SNATCHES YOUR I-PHONE AND/OR SNATCHES YOUR I-PAD WHILE YOU PLAYING ANGRY BIRDS RIDING THE GREEN LINE TO YOUR OVERPRICED CARDBOARD WALLED PAD CAUSE THEY GETTIN ALL YA'LL SHIT OUT HUURE. SO WHOSE THE BUNCH OF NO COMMON SENSE PEOPLE???

  26. #26

    I won't be surprised if we end up with a white mayor the next time around. I mean we all know that all politicians do their dirt but the black ones are just sloppy as a mutha ... And it burns me up. I didn't vote for Gray but I would like to have seen him succeed since i do love my city. But this fool is messing and there is no way anybody can defend or justify anything that's happened. It's March, and if this is a sign of things to come then Lord help us. He gave this to his naysayers on a silver platter and is proving everyone right. He does not seem politically astute at all, and that does not make sense given how long he's been around.

  27. #27

    Sooo SMH....what is there to jusify? What did he do that was illegal or corrupt?

    Nothing!

    Why arne't you upset by the mico-coverage of this administration and the continual non-stories that are being posted.

    I have to head over to Housing Complex just to get some real news are what's happening in DC.

  28. #28

    For all of you people belittling Catania's sexuality: STOP.

    For all of you people belittling Gray's Race: STOP.

    You say grow up. Then you do the same things.

    Civility.

  29. #29

    Geentdc, in other words, you want us all to be political correct?

  30. #30

    Noodlez, I enjoy reading your and Rick Mangus comments. You both have different views on life, but your comments make me smile. I admire you both for saying how you feel from your heart. Rick doesn't have a problem calling an Ace and Ace and they same applies to you Noodlez. Noodlez, in my opinion, Catania is not a nice person. He like to belittle people, especially blacks.

  31. #31

    Let's see Lori Lee, Michelle Fenty’s closest friend, to the D.C. Public Service Commission.Mayor Adrian Fenty first nominated Lee, a lawyer, to chair the District’s utility regulator last summer, but the appointment was held up amid public outcry over Lee’s lack of experience. Fenty instead named longtime Commissioner Betty Ann Kane as chairwoman and Lee as a member. “Clearly Ms. Lee’s credentials would indicate to me that she can learn this,” Ward 2 Councilman Jack Evans said."

    So Jack Ass Evans is willing to let some folks have OJT. But, then belittle Gray's picks who are qualified

    http://dev.www.washingtonexaminer.com/local/Fenty-friend-approved-for-public-service-panel-40689942.html#

    Ahhh..what about Mr. Lomax 9NEWS NOW has been looking into the public records surrounding the $11 million in DC government contracts now held by Keith Lomax, a close associate to Mayor Adrian Fenty.

    WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- 9NEWS NOW has been looking into the public records surrounding the $11 million in DC government contracts now held by Keith Lomax, a close associate to Mayor Adrian Fenty, and the man who was driving Fenty around town in a city owned Lincoln navigator assigned to the Mayor.

    Fenty admitted yesterday that he was using his friend as a driver, and that it was a mistake that would not happen again.

    Today, he promised to look into questions surrounding Lomax's preferential treatment in winning city contracts.

    Lomax's company, RBK landscaping and construction, was awarded extra points, because he listed his home and business in the District on Minnesota Avenue.

    In fact, Lomax rents the Minnesota Avenue address to a cop friend, according to neighbors.

    No one answered when 9NEWS NOW went there today.

    Turns out that Lomax also owns a spacious home in Fort Washington, which neighbors there say he purchased in 2001. His son attends a nearby Prince George's County school.

    http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/looselips/2010/08/29/post-poll-gettin-toasty-for-fenty/

    Kelly Valentine another reported "Michelle Fenty" friend who is now under investigation for missing $8.7 Million

  32. #32

    Let's see Lori Lee, Michelle Fenty’s closest friend, to the D.C. Public Service Commission.Mayor Adrian Fenty first nominated Lee, a lawyer, to chair the District’s utility regulator last summer, but the appointment was held up amid public outcry over Lee’s lack of experience. Fenty instead named longtime Commissioner Betty Ann Kane as chairwoman and Lee as a member. “Clearly Ms. Lee’s credentials would indicate to me that she can learn this,” Ward 2 Councilman Jack Evans said."

    So Jack Ass Evans is willing to let some folks have OJT. But, then belittle Gray's picks who are qualified

    Ahhh..what about Mr. Lomax 9NEWS NOW has been looking into the public records surrounding the $11 million in DC government contracts now held by Keith Lomax, a close associate to Mayor Adrian Fenty.

    WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- 9NEWS NOW has been looking into the public records surrounding the $11 million in DC government contracts now held by Keith Lomax, a close associate to Mayor Adrian Fenty, and the man who was driving Fenty around town in a city owned Lincoln navigator assigned to the Mayor.

    Fenty admitted yesterday that he was using his friend as a driver, and that it was a mistake that would not happen again.

    Today, he promised to look into questions surrounding Lomax's preferential treatment in winning city contracts.

    Lomax's company, RBK landscaping and construction, was awarded extra points, because he listed his home and business in the District on Minnesota Avenue.

    In fact, Lomax rents the Minnesota Avenue address to a cop friend, according to neighbors.

    No one answered when 9NEWS NOW went there today.

    Turns out that Lomax also owns a spacious home in Fort Washington, which neighbors there say he purchased in 2001. His son attends a nearby Prince George's County school.

    Kelly Valentine another reported "Michelle Fenty" friend who is now under investigation for missing $8.7 Million

  33. #33

    @Really; thanks for providing this information. There is a double standard here. For whatever reason, the white media appear to favor former King Feny. I don't know if it's because he's mixed race with a white mother or not? Ms. Lee is a graduate of Duke University I believe and she lives in North Portal Estates in Ward 4 bordering Silver Spring.

  34. #34

    @Rake, what's really disheartening and ignorant is the fact that you can over look a sitting Council member that is clearly a bigot and a homosexual, and you don't recognize why there is conflict. Councilwoman or Councilman Catania should soul search his motives before whole heartedly engrossing himself in slandering this administration cause tomorrow is another day, when your house is made of glass you want to keep it a rock free area.

  35. #35

    @4OURFUTURE what's really disheartening and ignorant is the fact that you can over look a sitting Council member that is clearly a bigot ....Councilwoman or Councilman Catania...

    Who is the bigot again, 4OURFUTURE? The Gray contigent here does themselves no favors with their cavalier use of homophobic terms. Many of you seem to have no problem using derogatory terms for homosexuals on the council. Were others to make similar derogatory comments about councilmembers based on race, how would you feel?

    ONE CITY, half ignorant.

  36. #36

    @Rake, you do know there are black, Latino, Muslims, Jewish, Albino, homosexuals. Being homosexual is not a race, but when the media discusses homosexuality, they are referring to white gay males. You see, white gay males are not a minority, They belong to the 197 million white population in the United States.

    Many dislike Catania because he's a vicious Queen and appear to dislike blacks. How many black gay friends or black gay boyfriends have Catania had? I miss saying Miss. LOL

    @4OurFuture, that was funny, Councilwoman or Councilman. LOL LOL

    In my opinion, Catania is a redneck white male. You do know Rake, gay white men can be racist. They discriminate daily against black gays and lesbians in DC and in this country.

  37. #37

    @Rake; did he 4OurFuture strike a nerve with you because you are white and gay? If you are a gay white male, do some soul searching from within on your own bigotry towards black gays or maybe try dating you a black gay man. LOL It's funny, what would your family and white friends think, if you brought home a black gay man named Bubba?

  38. #38

    Sorry to disappoint, I am straight. 4OURFUTURE didn't hit a nerve with me, just tired of bigoted remarks - from the typical One Citidiot crew. Not a good look for Vince's supporters, what few he has left anyway.

  39. #39

    @Rake, I don't get it, what's homophobic about trying to be politically correct in the comment. It seems that 4OURFUTURE could absolutely be trying to use proper terminology but you are the one that's taking things out of context, could that be your subconscience at work?

  40. #40

    Race and gender and sexuality are a crutch that a strong argument about what is good and true and right can do without.

  41. #41

    Drez, exactly.

  42. #42

    @Drez, that would be true in an ideal world but unfortunately, that doesn't seem to be where we are at this point in time. So we continue to fight the good battle where and how it every it raises it's ugly head.

  43. #43

    I agree, DC At-Large Councilmember David A. Catania is not a nice person. He's probably only nice to hot gay white white males.

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