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    Not the Best Start: An early stumble for Andi Pringle, Mayor Vince Gray's new deputy mayor, who was brought on board to help restore faith in the mayor's ability to govern. Pringle voted in last year's primary even though she was (and still is) a Maryland resident. D.C. Watch's Dorothy Brizill puts the rest of the press corps to shame by being the only person to bother pulling Pringle's voter registration. Pringle tells the Post: "I voted in the D.C. primary with the understanding that since I had not severed ties with my community nor established residency in Maryland, I should vote at the precinct where I had voted for the past eight years." (Pringle's voter registration shows she didn't vote in the general election or this year's special election. Meanwhile, nerdy new chief of staff Chris Murphy has voted in every election he's been eligible to vote in since 1992.) Is all this a big deal? No. But it could be: Brizill says she filed a complaint with the Board of Elections and Ethics over Pringle's vote, which could conceivably  fine Pringle for the voting faux pas. As an aside, LL wonders how many Maryland residents voted in last year's primary? Send LL an email if you are a free stater who did, and LL will tally the numbers.

    AFTER THE JUMP: The $13.5 Million Solution; Consitiuent Service Others; Unkind Words...

    The Solution To All Our Problems: What is there was a way to avoid implementing a municipal bond tax or raising the District's income tax? Wouldn't that make everyone at the Wilson Building happy? It would, and there is a way: convince Bank of America to pony up $13.5 million the District government says it owes for its role in the Harriette Walters tax office scandal. But that ain't gonna happy, reports WBJ's Mike Neibauer, at least not anytime soon.

    Fear The Other: Would you like some statistics regarding how councilmembers have spent their constituent service accounts in the last decade? TWT's Tom Howell Jr. is here to help: "The word 'other is used to describe the purposes of 7,189 expenditures, or about 63 percent of the 11,448 transactions, followed by 733 expenditures for 'catering/refreshments' and 607 expenditures for 'supplies.'" Not to worry, says OCF, they get more details on 'other' expenses. In other constituent service news, several councilmembers complained to the Post about the D.C. GOP's complaint against them for donating small amounts to various political organizations.  "This is evidently all the GOP has, since it has an absence of qualified candidates who can get elected. ... So it resorts to backbiting. It’s not a strategy. It’s just entertaining," says Councilmember David Catania, who will not be getting a Christmas card from Pat Mara this year.

    Those Words Are Not Kind: Catania's Tourette's Syndrome got the better of him yesterday when he called CFO Nat Gandhi an "idiot bean counter" who is waging a "jihad against the poor." Catania was responding to Gandhi's remarks that Wall Street bond rating agencies might look kindly on the District owning United Medical Center. Does Catania not realize that he's the one who looks bad when he goes off on these tirades?

    In Other News:

    • Marion Barry's "ghetto" comment displeases.
    • Gray visits Covert Affairs set, posts pictures on Facebook.
    • Former Anacosita Waterfront Corp. Chairman Stephen Goldsmith resigned from Bloomberg administration after police were called to his Georgetown house on a domestic violence call.

    Gray sked: Desk work.

    • Joe

      I'm pretty sure that not having severed ties with a community is not a legally justifiable reason for voting in a place you don't live. There are lots of places I still have unsevered ties to; I still only vote in DC because that's where I LIVE. Yet another crook in the Gray admin, and this one's just as entitled and thinks the rules don't apply to her as all the rest.

    • Brahmin


      Most people don't believe Gray is a crook. At issue is he comes off lazy. How hard is it to check voter register. To vote in a DC DEn election from young dems to the wards they check.

      Its on line.

    • Skipper

      So the woman who was hired to do PR that would counter the bad press on Gray administration shenanigans:

      * Lives in Maryland;
      * Created a blatant race-baiting campaign mailer last year; and
      * Is accused of voter fraud.

      Really? This is just sad at this point.

      What's Anthony Williams doing these days?

    • Begla

      Voting faux-pas aside, why is whether or not you vote considered a measure of how serious and legitimate you are when you talk about politics?

      Like maybe I don't vote because I hate all the candidates, the political system, and voting itself and maybe I actually put some thought into that?

    • meanteeth

      Color me unimpressed with Brizill's "sleuthing." She made the same announcement about Mafara Hobson saying that she wasn't a registered voter in DC, which was untrue. Hobson was registered-- she was also newly divorced and in the midst of a name change. Mafara is an odd enough name to warrant a follow up question, in my opinion.

      Has Pringle moved into DC? Did she intend to commit fraud? Because that's the basis of the fine-- an intention to commit a criminal act. This is such a BS thing to go after!

      Are we really supposed to hang her out to dry for being a brand new appointee with an unchanged voter registration? I moved back to DC (my hometown) in 2001. I recently found out that LA still thinks I'm registered to vote there-- AND SO DOES BERKELEY, where I went to college, when dinosaurs roamed the earth. Kill me now!

    • Skipper

      Meanteeth: Your reading comprehension needs some work: Pringle is accused of voting in a DC election AFTER she had lived in MD for a year. And no, she has not moved into DC.

      It's one thing to have a voter registrations in different states after a person moves.

      It's another thing altogether to actually VOTE in a state that you moved out of a year earlier. That's generally called voter fraud.

    • Truth Hurts

      National political campaign staffers, such as Pringle, KNOW it's illegal to vote in jurisdictions they no longer reside in. In fact, it's a crime.

      It does, however, make her uniquely qualified to package Gray's public message, which has never quite matched up with reality.

    • Sally

      One City, Fifth Amendment!

    • Drez

      In reputable campaigns, even the unpaid volunteers know better than this.
      Let alone the people at Pringle's level, who would be tasked with teaching the ward captains, who in turn teach and manage the volunteer staff.
      Come to think of it, this could explain a lot. LOL.

    • Cindy Nemitz – WI_Snowflake

      Just a request. Please quit using the reference to Tourette Syndrome when describing bad public statements. Tourette Syndrome is a serious disorder and those affected by it struggle every day of their lives. I appreciate your cooperation.

    • DC Now

      She voted in DC.after moving to Maryland-WTF?

      One City.....Many Jokes!

    • DC Now

      BTW- @mean teeth ....just Shut-Up! This is indefensible!

    • ColorMeUnimpressed

      Yeah I don't know about making a big deal about the voting thing. How many people live in DC, but vote in other states? Lots. How many people specifically remain registered in other states because they like the thought of having Congressional representation? Again, lots. Residency is based on intent to be domiciled in a place. If she did not intend to make MD her domicile, then she doesn't need to change her residency or her voter registration. If she did in fact change all of her documents to reflect MD residence, file income taxes only in MD, and showed every intent to in fact be a MD resident, then fine. I didn't see any of that evidence provided in the article.

    • drez

      Nice theory, perhaps you should agitate to make the law conform with it. Because right now it does not.