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HTJ: I Didn’t Do Anything Wrong

Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. says he's agreed to pay the city $300,000 as part of a settlement with the Office of the Attorney General because he wants what's best for the city—not because he deliberately did anything wrong.

"As I have stated before, the allegations in the Attorney General's complaint about there being no service provided and a purposeful misuse of any funds are not true. That is why the settlement does not have any agreement of wrongdoing," Thomas says in a statement issued from his office.

The worst that Thomas cops to is not managing an unnamed "organization" with the same "discipline and strenuous rigors" that Thomas has when he's coaching and mentoring the city's youth. "It is not uncommon for grantees, including DC agencies receiving federal funds, to have expenditures disallowed," Thomas says.

LL will breakdown this monumentally lame whitewash attempt next week. For now, here's Thomas' full statement:

Ward 5 Councilmember Harry "Tommy" Thomas, Jr. today issued the following statement regarding the settlement agreement he has reached with the Office of the Attorney General:

"Serving as the Councilman for Ward 5 residents is my greatest honor. In an effort to continue to focus on my most important goals – improving the lives of my constituents in Ward 5 and the residents of Washington, DC — I have agreed to a settlement. I feel this is in the best interest of the city.

I have committed my life to teaching life skills to children through sports and athletic competition. The discipline and strenuous rigors that I teach through coaching and mentoring were lacking in the management of the organization.

As I have stated before, the allegations in the Attorney General's complaint about there being no service provided and a purposeful misuse of any funds are not true. That is why the settlement does not have any agreement of wrongdoing.

It is not uncommon for grantees, including DC agencies receiving federal funds, to have expenditures disallowed. It is my desire to move forward with the disposition of this matter in a way that will cause the least disruption to my family and my constituency, and that will save the DC government and its citizens the time and expense of litigation, as well.

I appreciate the trust the citizens have placed in me during these allegations. I have used my role as councilmember to tend to the needs and interests of those who I have the privilege to serve. These actions are being taken to ensure that the trust the public has placed in me is maintained and honored."

  • stinkinthinkin

    Where have all the black honest politicians gone and are any left to emulate in Dc or PeeGee County? I am flabbergasted,disgusted and rusted at the crop of coon-Negroes paving the field for the final White takeover of both jurisdictions and can only hope they all do some 'good time ' in a jail.

  • tony

    wow, there seems to be a lot of anger in here. lol

  • StrangeFruit

    @ stinkinthinkin,

    It ain't just the black ones, the White politicians are given a pass by mainstream media, including the City Paper.

    Have you ever asked who or what initiated the current crop of investigations of DC's politicians? The media has, and The Post, City Paper and Examiner have calculatedly chosen to divulge the dirt on only the Black ones and not the White politicians.

    Just last week the City Paper and Post extended it's "get Blackie" campaign and snagged Bowers and M. Brown into their dragnet.

    Do you honestly believe there’s NOT one White councilmember without some shit in his/her closet? Isn't getting your hands greased one of the fringe benefits of being a politician? So, if you think only DC's black politicians are corrupt, you don't know politics.

  • Southeast Ken

    @Ward 1 Voter; I truly love all you guys regardless of views. We are all in the same boat together. I enjoy reading all comments because sometimes they make my day with laughter. I have toned down my comments towards my Councilmember, thanks to Tony, my wife, and others. I love the City Paper staff for allowing us to have this dialogue.

    On a serious note, Ward 5 D.C. Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. should step down. Voters are fed up with the corrupt and unethical politicians regardless if you are Democrat, Republican, Independent, gay, straight, white, black, Hispanic, Indian, Asian, disable, transgender, drag queen, ect. I hope I didn't leave any one out, but all human being are fed up with these politicians.

  • Southeast Ken


    All human beings are fed up with these corrupt ass unethical politicians.

  • tony

    @Southeast Ken, people, like Ward 1 voter, does not want just Harry Thomas out, he wants people like you and I out. We can play that game of "we are all in this boat together" all we want. But, the reality is that certain white folks and some blacks will never feel comfortable under black governance. Again, this whole Harry Thomas issue is not about rooting out corruption, because the same people calling for Harry's head would be calling for Jim Graham's head, and that's not the case. Corruption is corruption. Harry Thomas is no better than Graham and Graham is no better than Harry Thomas. Both of these men may have violated the public trust, but only one of these men are being asked to resign from office. Herein lies the injustice, an injustice that I simply can not condone and nor should you. In fact, if Harry resign tomorrow, then Kwame will be next. Michael Brown, Yvette Alexander, Marion Barry heads will be on the chopping block next. This fight is not about Harry Thomas, but this fight is about political power or the transfer thereof.

    There are only a few cities in all America that have blacks in great power, and many of our people paid the ultimate price for this. And, it now appears that all of their work is in great danger. Believe it or not, I will not be personally affected by none of this. I own a real estate investment firm. I live here in upper Ward 4 merely blocks away from two former mayors, but I was raised a certain way. I can never forget from whence I come.

  • Southeast Ken

    @Tony; you just rained on my day with your comment. I was somewhat upbeat. Now, I'm depressed....

  • Anothernative

    @StrangeFruit, I think you are absolutely on point. T he only difference I would offer is that it started much sooner than what you mentioned. I think it started the day after the election, when they found out that their puppet boy didn't make the cut, from that point the attack began. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that these guy's didn't have this coming, they really did, but what I'm seeing is the disproportion of constant negative focus that's being placed on them as opposed to the white politicians is obvious. If you are just sleepwalking through life or looking through jaundice eyes it's easy to be deceived by news papers that considers themselves the king making machines in this town,I'm not.

  • Truth Hurts

    Anyone know the race of Nikita, Jonetta, Colby? Pretty sure they're white folk out to get Gray and all other black pols. Started right after their white puppet lost the election.

    These comments are pathetic.

  • StrangeFruit

    @ Truth Hurth,

    Haven't you heard of sell-outs? The dollar will make some people put their mama on the block and the handed picked Negros in our local media are there just for that reason--colored faces perpetrating the media's race baiting.

    This ain't the first time the Post and others have been called out for race baiting. Does anyone remember the boycott of the Wash Post lead by Kathy Hughes and Rev Fauntroy? I think it's time for another wake-up call.

  • StrangeFruit

    @ Tony,

    your statement, "This fight is not about Harry Thomas, but this fight is about political power or the transfer thereof", is right on point. Thanks you !!!

    The New York Time echoed your exact words last week in its piece on gentrification in DC and how, "This city [DC], the country’s first to have an African-American majority and one of its earliest experiments in black self-government, is passing a milestone."

    The reporter poignantly noted, the shift is quietly happening while we [African Americans] have been silent.

    Here's a link to the article:


  • StrangeFruit

    @ Anothernative, you are right, it did start when we booted Fenty's ass out! You know the local media never gave us credit for our calculated, covert, overt and grassroots efforts that coup d’état our Bloomberg sponsored puppet of a mayor of out of DC.

    The Post, City Paper, Examiner, and others crafted the cover of Fenty's defeat as the blacks in DC voted against the bama because he wasn't a nicey, nicey guy.

    Of course, our race-baiting media had to spin the story as those ignorant colored folks don't know what's good for them, and their votes were strictly based on emotions and not intelligence.

  • StrangeFruit

    "meant to write, "coverage" of Fenty's...


    @Truth Hurts, It seems that everything is pathetic when it's contrary to your starckly myopic views, whats with that?

  • CocoNutMilk

    @Ward 1 VOter - You are hilarious, really, thanks for truly giving me a laugh today.

    You forgot the bread towering over your head in the paper and see-through bag. LMBAO!

  • seDCdude

    Ward 1 is typical, scared azz, underachieving cowardice that will morph into Barnie Phife on yo azz QUIK with no regard to truth, facts or COMMON SENSE!

    Just read that simple minded crap that he posted, truly lumping ALL blacks into some sub category separate and far from reality and normalcy!!


    Ain't nobody thinking bout your spongey, pale azz champ!

    You racist mammas are so juvenile when you get down to the nitty gritty of things!

    Ward 1's juvenile rant is indicative of that fear that permeates between black and white at the core when in fact WE don't care nothing about you, it's just when you try and take that SUPERIOR STANCE to what you're NOT superior too is when YOU and become a problem!

  • seDCdude

    "You racist mammas"

    You racist JOKERS

  • seDCdude


    we've got even stranger winds, spells, even politicians, agendas, bedfellows, brews and even bloggers like Truth Hurts who has chosen the tag name but runs from, won't acknowledge, does not recognize and wants NO parts of that Truth that Hurts...

    Now that is what's really pathetic!

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  • StrangeFruit

    @ seDCdude, you are right on point.

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  • Truth Hurts

    While you two are hooking up in a motel room, I suggest you reread comment 9 above. Pretty prescient in light of Nathan's piece in WaPo today. Snuggle up and sleep tight, boys.