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LL's been busy working on his column and is very sorry (not!) for the lack of blog posting today. One thing worth noting is that reporters have finally found the elusive Mayor Vince Gray and asked him if he thinks Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. should resign.

No way! says Gray, adding that he prefers to "let justice run its course.”

So take that, Councilmembers David Catania, Mary Cheh and Tommy Wells, all of whom have called for Thomas' resignation.

LL also caught up with Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander yesterday and asked her about her tweet heard 'round the District in which she said she wouldn't agree to pay back $300,000 if she hadn't wrongfully spent it.

Lest Alexander be confused with the councilmembers who are calling for Thomas' ouster, Alexander says she's not suggesting Thomas has done anything wrong. In fact, she says it's a big deal that there's no admission of guilt in the settlement.

“I don’t know the ramifications of the settlement but I do know that he did not admit guilt," says Alexander. "And that’s the key thing.”

(LL's note: Settlements frequently have neither party admitting guilt.)

Alexander accused those councilmembers calling for Thomas to resign of "a bit of grandstanding" and says the council hasn't always acted consistently when it comes to ethical issues.

She says the council's decision to censure Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry last year looks rash in light of the fact that he wasn't criminally charged with any wrongdoing. And she says no one said a word after news broke that Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham didn't report the fact that his former chief of staff offered him an envelope full of cash on behalf of a taxi advocate.

"We can’t be selective when it comes ethics," says Alexander.

  • RabidDog

    What happens to rabid, raging animals? Okay then do the same to Evans, Gray, Thomas, Brown(s), Graham, Catania, Alexander and so forth.

  • Bob

    Time for new leadership in the Mayor's office. I blame myself, I voted for the guy, but it's now clear that Vincent Gray is a throw-back to DC's old "go along, get along" ethics culture. It's really starting to feel like "Barry Time" all over again.

  • NE John

    I blame you Bob, just like I blame my wife. I tried to warn her, but she played the race card on me! And we're both white!! She also voted for Kwame, after I begged her not to. What can you do?

  • NE John

    Patrick Mara (that his name??) is waiting patiently and smiling.

  • seDCdude

    WORTHY OF A REPOST!!~!!!!!!!!!!

    You don't know what Graham did or monies pocketed before he got a whiff of the FBI being on his trail.

    Why hasn't there been follow-up, investigative reporting since we know for a FACT that Ted's and Graham's relationship was more personal than employee and employer.

    When you have an employer loaning money to an employee to buy a HOUSE; paying for the "chick on the side" abortion, and, then jeopardizing his "good gov't" council seat by not reporting Ted to the AG, there's NO WAY IN HELL you can tell me that Graham hasn't had his hand in the cookie jar with his Ted.

  • seDCdude

    "The undertone of race mongering over these scandals is a thin cover for a practice called Fake It Til You Make It, "

    Naw slim, the OVERtone of "picking and choosing", playing 50, double standards, rules don't ALWAYS apply and what's good for US ain't good for them is COVER to an old American Classic.....WHITE SUBJECT/BLACK SUSPECTS......

    N*gga pleez!

  • DJ Ren

    Really: Hell, I heard Wells and this is MOST Likely utter BS, but I heard it from some folks that Wells could have some KKK ties...aren't they political?

    Single.Dumbest.Thing.Posted.

    Whoa, dude. Seek help. Right now.

    If comments like this form the basis of your arguments, just stick to posting long articles from six years ago. You'll look moderately less foolish.

  • seDCdude

    GE Ren

    and what's so dumb and far fetched about it????

    I mean shit he is from ALABAMA, correct???

  • seDCdude

    You CRAKKKAS, Rake, GE Ren, NE John, TH AKA Rick Mangus, Skipper, Drez and Ward1 are some of the most bizarre creatures I've ever had the pleasure of reading!

    Y'alls thought processes can be likened to the same morons who stoned, spit on and mistreated JESUS en route to his crucifixion!

    You can be so rabid and to think you fake clowns "attempt" to use the THEFT from the kids as your justification in wanting HT out, if that were GENUINE, you mud ducks would have definitely been screaming till you were Blue in the face at the utter RAPING AND PILLAGING OF THE POOR, OLD AND ADOLESCENT at the hands of the last administration!

    Moten $10 mill for ABSOLUTELY nothing in return!
    Million $$$ contracts to friends at the disenfranchising of locals and the benefit of GENTRIFIERS!
    MICHELLE RHEE, MICHELLE RHEE, MICHELLE RHEE!
    School Closings to the detriment of COMMUNITIES, CHILDREN, SOCIAL PROGRAMS, CHILDREN!!!!!!
    CLOSING of RECREATION based DAY CARES detrimental to FAMILIES and (you guessed it) F*****G CHILDREN!!

    And NOT a peep, but because HT "appears" to you all to be part of the OLD GUARD (Black Political Power) of DC, all hell be unto him!!!!

    Thats's just the OBVIOUS shit....you clowns need to rethink and reposition your base, strategies, targets and cross hairs, they're WAY OFF.......perturbed INDIVIDUALS.....wicked, fake and half way retarded if not all the way for most of you!

    Shame on youz!

  • Truth Hurts

    Don't stop now. Tell us what you really think. From the heart this time. You're already changing the way a lot of us analyze one city's problems.

  • DJ Ren

    @seDCdude: Yes, Wells is from Alabama. You, presumably, are from SE DC. Should we then make some baseless statements about you based on where you are from?

    Way to stereotype. Clown.

  • Really?

    Dj Ren Tin-Tin, I clearly said may be utter BS. The point being that LL uses other baseless crumbs to make post to then turn them into stories....so why not use this one about Tommy " nobody puts baby in the corner" Wells?

    Also instead of me using blurbs I put the whole story for folks to read. I was pointing out that this council has a history of creating slush funds for personal use. Why 2005, because folks have short memories.

    Jack in-the-box didn't have to pay the money back and in fact gave the same "ain't nobody business" answer that has been used by others. Again nobody said boo?

    But yet the Media holds Jack in-the-box as the smartest one on the council, when in fact the only reason jack is even important is because he oversees one on the most powerful committees on the council.

  • seDCdude

    THs your dumb azz, be mindful that I always speak from the heart, as well as recognize the PLAYERS and who is in the GAME and how the RULES either get CHANGED, ENFORCED or hell even IGNORED based on ones ILK!!

    You give yourself WAAAAAAAAAaaaay too much credit, "changing the way a lot of us analyze one city's problems" LMBAO @ YOU! Who in the hell are you?? You're irrelevant, sheeple!!!!

    I knew you were delusional, but dayuuum!

    GE Ren

    that's the problem with imbeciles like you, with your spin doctoring hind pots!!!!! You can make chocolate out of mud if it suits your opinion EGGbert!

    Go figure then hollA back on the 1s and 2s SPIN DR.!

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