Loose Lips

Council’s Counsel: Evans In the Clear

Since last summer there's been a website devoted to calling on Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans to explain the links between his outside job as a lawyer for the lobbying powerhouse firm Patton Boggs and his role in directing city funds to help finance the construction of a new hotel next to the District's convention center.

Evans recused himself from committee and council votes during the summer of 2009, when the council approved using $272 million in public funds to get the long-languishing convention center hotel built. Once finished, the hotel will be operated by Marriott International Corp.

John Hanrahan, a former Post reporter, has been sending regular letters to the council (which are posted at StealALittle.com) asking why Evans didn't follow city law that requires he explain in writing why he recused himself. At the time of the votes, Evans said he was recusing himself to avoid "any appearance of a conflict of interest," and an article by the Examiner apparently said that Patton Boggs represented Marriott.

It turns out that Evans didn't have to explain why he recused himself, because Patton Boggs didn't represent Marriott or anyone else involved in the deal. That, at least, is the truth according to Evans, his boss at Patton Boggs, and a search of lobbyist disclosure forms by LL. Evans said he recused himself, even after checking with Patton Boggs to make sure that there were no conflicts of interests, because the large firm has varied interests, and it would be his "bad luck" for some type of connection with Marriott to later emerge.

Based on the fact that there was no connection, a memo from the D.C. Council's general counsel cleared Evans of any wrongdoing.

You can get all this information (and more) from a blog post put up a few moments ago by Post reporter Mike DeBonis, who like LL was given a copy of the counsel's memo by Evans' office today.

But that memo came out in April of this year, and Hanrahan (with help from Evans critic Rob Halligan, who operates the website) has been hammering Evans about this issue for months. So why is it just seeing the light of day now?

Because of feelings—personal feelings.

"This is an opportunity I've been waiting for," Evans told LL yesterday after DeBonis made an inquiry about Hanrahan's letters. "To respond without responding directly to Hanrahan, who I think is a fucking idiot."

LL didn't have the heart to tell Hanrahan Evans had called him a "fucking idiot,"  but did convey that Evans says didn't he respond directly to Hanrahan's letters and website because he thinks Hanrahan is on a personal vendetta.

Hanrahan says he doesn't think he's ever met Evans, and he's baffled why Evans wouldn't respond sooner to the questions and concerns raised about his dual role at Patton Boggs and on the council.

"Citizens shouldn't have to go through this," Hanrahan says.

Meanwhile, Evans, like several of his colleagues, defended councilmembers' outside employment yesterday, during an eight-hour hearing on ethics.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

  • Truth Hurts

    SE Ken:

    I defended Evans?? Where?

    I always side with whites? Read my many posts about Graham, Cheh, Bereano, and others who happen to be white.

    And btw, I didn't side with whites or blacks in #48 above. Nor did I defend "white racists".

    Like I've said before, if you knew me or what I've fought for during my life, I'm quite certain you wouldn't claim I "don't know what it's like to be black and experience discrimination".

  • Southeast Ken

    This is my last comment on this issue. I truly believe, Ward 2 D.C. Councilmember Jack Evans is a racist and he have no regards for black D.C. voters. His gerrymandering of Ward 2 to make Ward 2 all white and wealthy reinforces my feelings. I don't like Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas, Jr. and he should be in a jail cell with Ted Loza. What I have notice, so call white liberals living in D.C. have made racist attacks and remarks against black D.C. elected officials and remained silent on alleged corruption by white D.C. Councilmembers Jack Evans and Jim Graham. I am sure, there is some dirt on these white politicians, but the white media will not look into it. I am not a Marion Barry fan, but whites and the white media continue to talk about this man. What will you whities do once Marion Barry is dead? Whom will you talk about then? I don't recall whites or the white media continuing to discuss former Intern Monica sucking President Bill Clinton's dick in the oval office. Bill Clinton lied by stating, he never had any sexual relationships with this women. Where is the justice in this country? There are laws applied for blacks, but these same laws aren't applied to whites. There will be justice on day. I might not live to see it, but many whites will reap what they have sowed on earth. Have a great weekend!

  • Southeast Ken

    Correction:

    There will be justice one day. I might not live to see it, but many whites will reap what they have sowed on earth. Have a great weekend!

  • Drez

    @TH
    IMO more pathetic and sad than disheartening.

  • Drez

    But I agree grow up.
    Either that, or finish growing old (and die).

  • Noodlez

    Drez, you too will die soon. When you dig one ditch, you had better dig two.

  • Drez

    @ noodlez
    So what? Everyone dies eventually. My kids will outlive me. And like the rest of my family they are mixed, and don't subscribe to the racism you represent. It would be a rejection of who they are.
    Miss the ALL CAPS, dude.

  • Anothernative

    @Willy Cecci, If you're trying to get a rise out of a black person with your pathetic veiws, you just did. Take a second and ask yourself, who really built this country I mean physically, now ask what they were paid. Stupid person, understand this, immigrant people were at the very least paid something for they're labor, now ask yourself this last question, how long did this free labor go on, not to mention the jim crowism and mofo's like you that linger with your sick thinking. Do you actually believe that 50 yrs. can really correct that damage? especially when we havn't directly addressed it. Now if it's possible in that small mind of your's, ponder that.If you knew anything about the history of jobs programs you would know that blacks are the minority in that, check the statistics befor you jump out there joker.

  • Truth Hurts

    @ drez: #56 probably wasn't the real noodlez. Comment isn't in character, even though I'm sure he can write complete, grammatically correct sentences when we wants to. Never seen the real noodlez not go with CAP LOCK.

    See, for example real noodlez CAP LOCK comment on LL's Biddle piece, also posted last night.

  • NE John

    Hey, all you guys ^^^^^:

    There is a difference between pure racist and an asshole. I believe Evans is the latter. He even looks, literally, like an asshole.

    Having said that, there is a degree of assholeness that exceeds all others, and DC has one specimen fitting this bill:

    Harry Thomas Jr.

  • Willy Ce

    DEAR WASHINGTONIANS IT IS EASY TO USE THE RACE CARD IN THIS COUNTRY. IT IS THE LAST REFUGE OF THE LAZY AND COWARDLY. TALKING ABOUT RACE IN TABOO. THERE IS NO REAL DIVESITY IN THE DC GOVERNMENT IT IS A VERY AFRO CENTRIC GOVERNMENT. THANKS BE TO JACK EVANS AND OTHERS FOR BEING CHAMPIONS OF THE WORKING, MIDDLE, AND AFFLUENT CLASSES. WITHOUT EDUCATION AND REAL HUNGER TO SUCCEED GENERATIONAL POVERTY WILL CONTINUE. CALL ME A RACIST, I CALL YOU IGNORANT AND WITH A FAIR AMOUNT OF BAGGAGE. YOU CANT BLAME THE MAN, OR WHITE MAN ANYMORE. YOU JUST HAVE TO LOOK IN THE MIRROR, YOU HAVE NOBODY ELSE BUT YOURSELVES TO BLAME IF YOU ARE A FAILURE IN LIFE OR IF YOU FIND YOURSELF IN ABSOLUTE POVERTY. INSTEAD OF BITCHING AT THE WORLD, LEAD, GET YOUR COMMUNITY TOGETHER AND SUCCEED. STOP WAITING FOR HAND OUTS. THE PAST IS OVER AND DONE. LOOK TOWARDS THE FUTURE.

    HARRY THOMAS, MARION BARRY, AND KWAME BROWN SHOULD HAVE THE DIGNITY TO STEP DOWN. THEY HAVE DISHONORED THEMSELVES, THEIR FAMILY, AND OUR BELOVED CITY. ESPECIALLY, THEY ARE A BLEMISH ON GOOD, EDUCATED, HARDWORKING BLACKS.

    OH AND BY THE WAY, I AM BLACK MYSELF. NOT MIXED, BUT REAL AFRICAN. SO THERE.

  • Willy Ce

    @ S KEN

    YOU KNOW WHAT RACISM IS: MARION BARRY, KWAME BROWN, AND HARRY THOMAS. THEY FEED THE POOR AND HUDDLED MASSES HONEY WITH THEIR FINGERS AND THEY GET REELECTED TIME AFTER TIME; WHILE THEY ARE LIVING IT UP LIKE PIMPS AND HIP HOP ARTISTS. HARRY IS NOT EVEN A SMOOTH CRIMINAL, KWAME IS NEW RICH, LIVING BEYOND HIS MEANS AND EXPECTING THE PEOPLE TO PAY THE BILL, AND BARRY IS THE WORST OFFENDER. BARRY IS THE EQUIVALENT OF ONE OF THOSE LATIN AMERICAN OR AFRICAN DICTATORS. THOSE ARE THE REAL ENEMIES OF BLACK PEOPLE. BARRY HAS BEEN IN GOVERNMENT FOR DECADES AND WARD 8 IS STILL THE POOREST WARD IN THE CITY. WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO BLAME JACK EVANS AND THE WHITE MAN? WAKE UP BROTHERS AND SISTERS, IT IS US, AND THOSE THAT WANT TO KEEP US DOWN: OURSELVES. STOP BITCHING AND ELECT GOOD LEADERS BLACK OR WHITE. LOOK AT PHIL MENDELSON HE IS BELOVED BY OLD BLACK FOLK. GET THE RACE CARD OUT OF YOUR IGNORANT HEAD. WORK HARD, GET EDUCATED, AND RID YOURSELF OF THAT STONE OVER YOUR SHOULDER.

  • Southeast Ken

    Willy Ce, go to hell!!!! You truly belong there.

  • Honest Abe

    Man, I enjoyed reading all of the posts here and the many diverse opinions. Jack Evans really should resign because of conflict of interest and he too should be investigated by the U.S. Attorney's office for possible bribery and ethics violations. Both he & David Catania. It amazes me how in the world David Catania manages to keep being re-elected to the council. I cannot recall ever seeing him active around city neighborhoods. He has got to be one of the least community oriented council members I know. The only items he seems to be concerned about is Gay Rights and the United Medical Center. Evans too I'm sure has benefited financially from steering contracts. He just hasn't been caught yet.

  • Noodlez

    WILLY CE, YOU NEED TO PUT THE CRACK PIPE DOWN BECAUSE YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT THE HELL YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT. IF YOU ARE TRULY A BLACK PERSON, YOU HAVE A LOT OF SELF HATE AND LOW SELF ESTEEM FROM WITHIN.

    I TOO THINK JACK CRACKER EVANS IS RACIST!

  • Willy

    NOODLEZ AND S KEN
    W8 CAN BE HELL SOMETIMES, YES. SO MANY INNOCENTS AND YOUNG BLACK YOUTH KILLED BY THEIR OWN. GENOCIDE BY THY OWN HAND. YOU ARE THE ONES THAT ARE DELUSIONAL. TRUTH HURTS BABY. TRUTH HURTS. BARRY AND THOSE OTHER THUGS SHOULD NOT BE SERVING PERIOD. EVANS IS FAR FROM PERFECT BUT AT LEAST HE HAS TAKEN CARE OF HIS BASE. JUST SEE US, THE POVERTY AND DESPERATION IN OUR COMMUNITIES. BARRY HAS BEEN OUR VOICE FOR DECADES AND WE ARE STILL A GHETTO. F HIM AND ALL WHO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THEIR OWN.

  • Anonymous1984

    "EVANS IS FAR FROM PERFECT BUT AT LEAST HE HAS TAKEN CARE OF HIS BASE."

    ROTFLMAO.... Evans has no base, only bought and paid for cronies and a lot of corporate donors.

  • Southeast Ken

    @Anonymous1984; thank you. Willy Ce is ignorant to the fact, Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans is a racist and he's in the pockets of corporate donors.

  • noodlez

    @Drez-

  • noodlez

    @Drez-SLIM DONT SPUR ON THE WRECKLESSNESS BY GIVING AWAY CLUES TO THE FAKE ASS BAMMAS WHO USE HANDLES IN AN INAPPROPRIATE MANNER.

    SNOW IN OCTOBER AND BITCH ASSES WHO ARE FRAUDS ARE FROWNED UPON AS NUISANCES. POSTS #55 AND #63 IS PURE CRAP SO ENUF WITH THE BULL SHIT! IF YOU ARE GOING TO USE THE HANDLE USE IT RIGHT AND AT LEAST TRY TO MAKE SOME SINCE WITH YOUR SORRY ASS POSTS.

    ONE CITY. TWO FAKE ASS POSTS. THREE MORE YEARS.

  • Really?

    @ Willy Cecci said “THANK YOU TO PHIL, MARY, DAVID, JACK, BOWSER, AND TOMMY” You’re got to be kidding! Tommy “who put baby in the corner” Wells is helping fund a non-profit for his god-daughter and ensured that blk businesses are pushed out on “H” street. Bowser doesn’t have nay real accomplishment aside from rubber stamping whatever Fenty wanted. Jack..well we already showed how he is a crook. David has kept his friends happy via United Medical Center. Oh and let’s not forget those medical training MOUS through DOES.

    @ Will Cecci said “THE PAST IS OVER AND DONE” I get over it when the Jews get over the Holocaust and I doubt you were ever and I mean EVER make that same statement to a Jew!

    @WARD4NDC Great recommendation and I would like to add Barack Obama and the Jim Crow Media.

    @drez if any of dem babies have a hint of color, trust and believe at some point in their lives somebody is going to let them know who and what they are. Just ask Tiger.

  • Really?

    Lastly, I glad to see some dialogue happening about the District of Columbia and race. It’s a topic that I don’t think many local media want to delve into or if they do dip their toe into the water it’s not objective. By this I mean the Washington Post has lost all credibility in their reporting tactics and slant any story to marginalized and undervalue African-Americans who live in the District. The citypaper hosts panels with authors who are known for their cynical and often bias views. But I agree with South East Ken, something has got to give because the racial tension in this city is thick.

  • tony

    I agree with Southeast Ken and Really.This city is on the verge of major social and political mayhem as this city has never seen before.

  • Southeast Ken

    In today's Washington Post, there's an article about PG County become more segregated and blacks tend to prefer to live around other blacks. This topic has generated almost 500 comments and most are racist. Race relations in the District of Columbia are not good and until D.C. residents sit down and discuss race and racism within the District, there will be race riots. I grew up in Columbia Heights Ward 1. I go there to visit family and friends often. I have noticed many of the white 20 and 30 somethings that have moved into Columbia Heights, both gay and straight, seem to have chips on their shoulders. They seem to treat blacks as if they are inferior and invisible. I am not making this up. I predict, there will be race riots in the District in 2012 or possibly before then. I don't care what no one says, I truly feel, Councilmembers Jack Evans and David Catania are white racist and only tolerate and attempt to be polite to blacks because it's the political correct thing to do publicly as white D.C. politicians. Look inside their hearts and minds and you will find the truth.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/prince-georges-county-growing-and-growing-more-segregated-census-shows/2011/10/14/gIQAbCc1TM_allComments.html?ctab=all_&#comments

  • Southeast Ken

    In today's Washington Post, there's an article about PG County become more segregated and blacks tend to prefer to live around other blacks. This topic has generated almost 500 comments and most are racist. Race relations in the District of Columbia are not good and until D.C. residents sit down and discuss race and racism within the District, there will be race riots. I grew up in Columbia Heights Ward 1. I go there to visit family and friends often. I have noticed many of the white 20 and 30 somethings that have moved into Columbia Heights, both gay and straight, seem to have chips on their shoulders. They seem to treat blacks as if they are inferior and invisible. I am not making this up. I predict, there will be race riots in the District in 2012 or possibly before then. I don't care what no one says, I truly feel, Councilmembers Jack Evans and David Catania are white racist and only tolerate and attempt to be polite to blacks because it's the political correct thing to do publicly as white D.C. politicians. Look inside their hearts and minds and you will find the truth.

  • tony

    @Southeast Ken, as you know I have been preaching what you are saying for the longest time. And, to go one step further, white people always talk about diversity and how its a good thing. But, can anyone tell me the last white community in this city that diversified with blacks and other minorities. No, they only like diversity when it means them coming into black communities and essentially taking over. And, to all those so called black middle-class folks who so desperately want to be accepted, you are just kidding yourself. If you want a starbucks or a Whole Food store, then create one. You on one hand condemn your own as being lazy and worthless and then you turn around and beg the white man to open up businesses in your community. This is something that people with real money should be able to do for themselves. Like I have said before, a lot of blacks claim that they are part of the middle class or, well to do, when in fact they don't know what "real" money smells like.

  • Southeast Ken

    @Tony; I never trusted white people. I only tolerate them as they tolerate blacks in society because it's the political correct thing to do. If blacks were to move into mostly white Ward 3 or Foggy Bottom, whites wouldn't be happy. Ward 3 has been white all fifty something years of my life. Let's face it, many whites hate blacks and many blacks distrust whites. I have a college Frat. brother living in Petworth Ward 4. He tells me constantly how young professional whites have moved in taking trying to take control walking their dogs and disregarding their black neighbors. Hey, there's a race divide on the D.C. council. Ward 6 D.C. Councilman Tommy Wells referred to his council colleague Jack Evans as being racist for gerrymandering his Ward 2. These words came from a white man's mouth. Howard University and MSNBC did a live program from Howard's campus several years ago on race relations in the United States. Not one D.C. elected official or former Mayor Adrian M. Fenty attended this live program. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier was on the panel with others to discuss race relations. For whatever reasons, all 13 members on the Council of the District of Columbia will not discuss race relations have worsen in our city. We are not one city!!! Jim Crow is alive and well in the District. My parents use to tell me how Georgetown and Foggy Bottom were all black back in the day, until whites displaced them. I will never trust whites in America whether they are gay, straight, Jewish, liberal, conservative, Democrat, Republican, and Independent. Slavery and Jim Crowism should never be forgotten. Jews have never forgotten the Holocust.

  • Really?

    @Southeast Ken. I read the article over at the washpo. Today was a day that I just could not stomach the comments. I knew when I saw the number 350 that it wasn’t a productive convo about why blks have chosen to live amongst individuals like themselves. Every since they changed the comments section the comments have become extra racist with generalities about DC residents. It’s clear these KKK commenters have nay clue about the city’s history.

    I’m thinking that the washpo likes it that way.

  • Black Omega

    @Really; It's true, some whites hate blacks and some blacks hate whites. We all tolerate each other in society because there are hate crime laws on the books. The Washington Post will censor certain comments by others sharing their opinions, but they will write these type of mindless race baiting articles. The way the atmosphere is today in Washington, D.C. between blacks and whites, I do expect there to be race riots here. I never seen so much racism in this city, until the mayoral race last year. Many whites in D.C. supported former Mayor Adrian M. Fenty because he favored whites and built dog parks and bike lanes for the yuppies. White Ward 2 D.C. Councilman Jack Evans gerrymandered his Ward to be all white and wealthy.

  • huh?

    Southeast Ken wrote: "He tells me constantly how young professional whites have moved in taking trying to take control walking their dogs and disregarding their black neighbors."

    The nerve of white people...to move into a neighborhood and then think they are entitled to walk their dogs in public!?!

  • DCCommish

    @southeast Ken--you're the biggest racist in the city with that language. You should be ashmaed to even open that dirty mouth. I say move out of DC if you don't like it, because i can tell you this much. DC has a race issue and it's due to fools like yourself. GET OVER IT AND MOVE ON, everyone else is!

  • DCCommish

    @Southeast Ken...if you don't like wites moving in then get all the black to stop selling their house and fix them up! Start blaming blacks for black flight!

  • tony

    @Southeast Ken, you are wasting your time calling for a conversation on race. Every point you make concerning race, the whites in general are going to dismiss it as racist. They don't want any real discussion on race. They want to take people's communities and destroy their way of life, because they believe that they are the only ones who have the right to be. This shit has been going on since the beginning of time. These crackers are not a native people anywhere in the world. They have stolen every single fucking country they call their own. And, then they act all surprise when people question their motives. I say fucking 'em.

  • http://www.HalliganProjects.com Rob Halligan

    Looks like Evans did admit to a conflict and things aren't as he reported to the General Counsel: http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/looselips/2011/10/31/evans-law-firm-had-ties-to-convention-center-hotel-deal-after-all/

  • Keith B.

    There won't be any race riots, all you "I don't have a chip on my shoulder, you have a chip on your shoulder" whiners like tony and SE Ken are too damn old to shake a stick, and the white haters are all safe in their basement apartments. Maybe some looting and shooting, but riot? Please. Wake up righteous brother, it's not the 60s. Your time passed...

    (also is that the real nooDLez?)

    PS: and the last thing close to a riot was by Salvadoreans. See what I mean?

  • Southeast Ken

    Keith B., please go back on your meds or moved back you you little all white town in middle America. I was born and raised in D.C. This is my home and when I die I will be buried here in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Northeast.

  • All Your City Are Belong to Us!

    Southeast Ken -- Mount Olivet will be turned into a dog park shortly. Hope you don't mind sharing your final resting place with my Jack Russell Terrier.

  • tony

    @Keith B., you are kidding yourself. Like I said before, I live a very comfortable life. I am not personally impacted by anything that goes on in this city. And, unlike you, I do own investment properties in Columbia Heights and other parts of this city. No, I am not an angry black man;however, I am self-respecting black man. And I know robbery when I see it. And, unlike you, I am not afraid to speak my mind and echo a sentiment that is very prevalent in this city when it comes to race relations. And by the way, I am 28 years old. So, people like you will be dealing with me for years to come.

  • tony

    correction:I am a self-respecting black man.

  • Southeast Ken

    @tony; stop explaining yourself to these Internet racist cowards. They would never say how they truly feel to you or any black person publicly. It's funny how Keith B. assumed you were old. LOL You and I are realist. We know race relations in this city are in the toilet between blacks and whites. I was told by a white Washingtonian on the Washington Post blog, native or long time white Washingtonians are treated the same by the young white elitist gays and straights moving into the District.

    @All Your City Are Belong To Us; couldn't you come up with a better screen name, fool? The Devil is a lie and when I am dead resting in my grave in Mount Olivet Cememtery, your dog had better not come shitting on my grave. This is one time you will see a Zombie coming back from the grave seeking vengence. I find many whites in the District are godless or don't believe in God. Tomorrow is 'All Souls Day'. I am going to pray for many of you because you don't have souls. You are just wicked and evil. LOL

  • Southeast Ken

    Correction: Cemetery

    I forgot the grammar and English police on here.

  • Keith B.

    Ken, and I think it's funny that you assume I'm white because I don't agree with your nasty ass. Aren't you the guy who refuses to criticize a black man no matter the extent of his sins? Hypocrite.

    tony: While we're playing that "I have qualifications on the internet" game, I'll just claim here that my gramps was the first black man to pilot an aircraft, etc. If you're not impacted by anything that goes on in this city, you can just bag up your carpet and stay the hell off the WCP, couldn't you?

  • Keith B.

    And don't even bring up religion, soul brother. You came from nothing, you go back to nothing. Not all of us like financing the pastor's bentley like the UHOP culties.

  • noodlez

    @KEITH B.; YOU'RE AN UNCLE TOM!!! THE WHITIES WILL NEVER EXCEPT YOU. YOU WILL ALWAYS BE A N&$$ER TO THEM FOOL.

  • tony

    @keith B, is a white man posing as a black man. Your sorry ass is not fooling anyone. Yeah, silly boy, I am here and your weak azz must deal with me for years to come. That's right I am going to continue to rule your sorry azz and you are not going to do anything about it. And, if my words are to strident for your punk ass, then do the world a favor and cut your throat, punk!

  • Southeast Ken

    LOL@tony; I agree. His white ass probably will croak before us. LOL

  • tony

    @Southeast Ken, Yeah, Keith B. is a cracker trying to pose as a black man. Look, at his language, ..."my gramps"..."whiners"..."soul brother". That nasty cracker is what Jesus called a "Serpent" and "Viper". Because, they go around the world and try to trick people. And, that's exactly what that clown is--a fucking trick.

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