Loose Lips

Defending Harry Thomas Jr.

When federal agents swept through the home of Ward 5 D.C. Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. this morning, people around the District turned (where else?) to social media to react. There was plenty of snark, glee, and anger vented Thomas' way.

But not every comment made online about Thomas was negative, even after the IRS and FBI seized an SUV and motorcycle that Thomas had, apparently, spent a combined total of $63,089 on. Here's a look at some Twitter and Facebook posts defending the councilmember—and also the last few tweets Thomas sent out from his account today before the raid.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

  • TheHermanCain

    Social media isn't saving me. It won't save Harry either.

  • NE John

    So Harry,

    I guess this means you are not going to take care of my missing sidewalk portion and police the ward for vandals plastering "we tow" signs. I guess the strip clubs and Walmart are hear to stay. Thanks a lot. Hope you have a lot of time to think about it in the slammer!

  • NE John

    What is it with all the "praying" posts above, lololol ?!?!?

    This guy is a criminal and did not represent his constituents well, if at all! It was all about Harry, NOT NE DC!

  • Southeast Ken

    Can someone please tell me, why was Cherita Whiting was on ABC7 News defending Ward 4 Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr.? Cherita lives in Ward 4 and she's an ex-felon convicted of stealing thousands of dollars from a previous employer. Cherita Whiting needs to take her fake hair and nails somewhere and hide out of the public sight. The nerve of this woman, Cherita Whiting.

    I don't condone corruption by any politician regardless of race, party affiliation, sex, and sexual orientation.

    Both the Democratic and Republican parties aren't worth shit!

  • Southeast Ken

    Correction:

    What a mess our city is in and an embarrassment to D.C. voters.

    Can someone please tell me, why was Cherita Whiting on ABC7 News defending Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr.? Cherita lives in Ward 4 and she's an ex-felon convicted of stealing thousands of dollars from a previous employer. Cherita Whiting needs to take her fake hair and nails somewhere and hide out of the public sight. The nerve of this woman, Cherita Whiting.

    I don't condone corruption by any politician regardless of race, party affiliation, sex, and sexual orientation.

    Both the Democratic and Republican parties aren't worth shit!

  • Southeast Ken

    I have one thing to say, you better work, F.B.I.

  • Honest Abe

    NE John

    I agree with everything you said. I too hope we the citizens of Ward 5 are liberated of this thief & cheat. I know personally from calling his office for numerous neighborhood issues, he seemed like he could care less. He barely wanted to meet with any of us and repeatedly covered up for Ayawna Chase Webster not responding to emails. A recall needs to happen asap!

  • Truth Hurts

    It's a free country where nut jobs can say what they will. Doesn't make Thomas any less a crook.

    I'm just wondering why CP chose to publish these stupid remarks. What's next? Tweets from John Hinkley and his fans?

  • lioneagle

    Greetings -

    Someone commented, ..."God has your back!"

    God does not protect, defend or excuse anything that is wrong. GOD is love but ALSO He is about justice.

    Certainly, we all need prayer but praying for GOD to protect and defend injustice is praying in vain. GOD is NOT going to violate justice.

  • NE John

    That's right lioneagle. Let us all pray to some god that my sidewalk gets fixed with the new guy taking this crook's place, our property values are protected from strip club zoning, massive clustering of marijuana facilities is adjusted to spread it across all wards, and wonton trash proliferation on our Ward 5 city streets is abated.

    This is the word of the lord.

    Amen

  • NE John

    and that we stop the redneckization of our Ward by turning Walmart away

  • NE John

    This joker also promised to bury power lines in our neighborhood, and it never went anywhere! We are the last ward to receive funds to upgrade our rundown ugly libraries. Fark this guy. Satan, do your thing!

  • jpratt

    Silly ass DC residents - the future that Obama and his ilk want for America - complete cirucus

  • Wendy Washington

    jpratt, you really should not generalize when it comes to DC and its residents. I have never voted for HTJ, never will. He is a dim-wit, you sound like a racist non-DC resident who thinks all Black politicians are alike.

    The real circus is TeaPartPissants and fascists like yourself and your ilk who do not want America to be America.

  • Derron McGee

    Wow. I can obviously see that I'm one amongst a bunch of HTJ haters. It's sad that you think it matters here, venting about your issues with Harry Thomas Jr. Let me first start off by correcting all of your comments. HTJ is nothing less of a Great Man, who does many great things. Food Drives, Toy Giveaways, Socials for Seniors, Coached, Mentored, Tutored, CARED! I want to apologize on his Behalf to NE John, that your sidewalk didn't get fixed in enough time to please you, I guess all of the teachers that were fired and disgruntle students in the schools were less important. We are coming up on Holidays where HTJ is most diligent enough to see that his residents amongst other ward residents are well taken care of. Instead we are most worried about vehicles. I mean he must be a criminal because he owns a motorcycle. PLEASE! Go and get some news worth being upset with. Notice that no disposition was set after the Raid. All the Media has showed is that his house was raided. There are so many questions asking why? what? who? where? However those questions will never be answered because all you HTJ haters know is that he must be a bad man, because his house was raided. If you have such a problem with this guy, then please by all means MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

  • StrangeFruit

    Harry Thomas is innocent until proven guilty and a raid doesn't make one guilty, it is just part of the investigation.

  • NE John

    lol, McGee. That sidewalk issue has been happening for three to four years.

    Follow the money. Langston Golf Course was taken for a ride by this sukkah. Food drives, tutoring (give me a break, lol!!). How about representing the taxpayers like me who pay his salary!

    To the slammer is where this asshole is going.

  • Honest Abe

    McGee must be mascara-ding as Ayawna Chase Webster. NE John I feel exactly the same way you do.

  • smart*black*woman*

    BLACK PEOPLE... WISE UP... STOP DEFENDING BAD BEHAVIORS... PEOPLE WILL NEVER GET THEIR ACT TOGETHER, AS LONG AS THEIR CONDUCT IS DEFENDED. WE HAVE BEEN DOOPED BY OUR OWN, (I.E., MEN, FATHERS, ELECTED OFFICIALS )... AND WE ACCEPT AND DEFEND THEM.. STOP IT... START HOLDING FOLK ACCOUNTABLE, AND MAYBE WE WILL BE BETTER OFF, AS A FAMILY, AND COMMUNITY.

    AND STOP WITH THE USE OF GODS NAME IN VAIN.. PRAY FOR THIS MAN TO GET HIMSELF TOGETHER, AND TO BE AN HONEST AND SINCERE PERSON, MOVING FORWARD... DONT PRAY FOR THE BAD CONDUCT OF UNETHICAL PEOPLE... YOU ARE WASTING YOUR PRAYERS.

  • smart*black*woman*

    VINCENT GRAY, AND DIRTY KWAME SHOULD BE NEXT... THEY ARE ALL DOING A DIS-SERVICE TO THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA... WISE UP... STOP DEFENDING/ACCEPTING/ MAKING EXCUSED FOR BAD BEHAVIORS, PERIOD.

  • Wake Up

    Derron McGee you are some kinda stoopid -- do you think him enriching himself to the tune of $300k is negated by him having some food and toy drives. He does that to curry favor and stay in office so he can steal $$ for himself--do you think he's agreed to pay $300k back out of the goodness of his heart? I hope he's locked up with Bubba.

  • Ward 5 Resident

    Harry knew better, he had responsible parents who set a example. It is not good to steal from the youth and use it for your own benefit. Additionally, Ayanna Chase Webster and majority of Harry's staff have not followed up with Ward 5 residents concerns and refuse to return e-mails. They have made a fool out of Ward 5 residents. This is not acceptable. I am a longtime resident of Ward 5 and I am very disappointed and hurt. Now I hear there will be NO Ward 5 Christmas party or Breakfast with Santa. Anyway how could Harry face the children that he stole from. God does not like ugly.
    HE BETTER MAKE HIS PEACE WITH GOD.

  • Cat Like

    I think people love Harry Thomas because he is a man for all people but who knows what happened and those are not small tiny accusations.

    I could see this being a case of bad management. The proper thing to do was filed the right paperwork for a nonprofit and paid himself as a CEO And purchased a car as part of the company property following those rules.

    That is legal and proper and done all the time--if you cross your ts and dot your is.

    But that is how things are done properly. And he does have a bit of ghetto staff.

    I heard his Chief of Staff lost her seat on the DC Democratic state committee for cheating in her election. It does not sound like the people he surrounds himself with competently handles these details.

  • NE John

    "Cat Like" et al. are trying to characterize this outright theft of taxpayer monies as a bookkeeping error. Nice try Harry.

  • NE John

    Slammer is getting closer and closer. Harry, why weren't you at the session today regarding the ethics bill. Busy hanging with your attorneys or your unprepared bud, Mr. Michael Brown?

  • Cat Like

    No, I am pretty sure that I am not Harry Thomas, the breast is my give away.

    Nor, would I believe Harry would no have called his staff ghetto or thrown his COS Ayanna under the bus. I heard they are pretty close but she is known for her own shady dealings.

    No I am not saying it is a book keeping error. To not file the paperwork that would have allowed him to purchase property for the business is still criminal. But I dont understand the life around him.

  • Brahmin

    I don't know what is happening with DC Government at this time but it smells. It smells to high heaven and with a city with supposely the most educated, the most leadership, most cultured...

    this looks ghetto, tacky, disturbing and unprofessional.

    DC can do better. If you are in the Council now--shape up or ship out. That includes Jack Evans, Jim my lover went to jail Graham, and all the others. Is there only Mary Cheh who don't have a criminal issue?

  • Truth Hurts

    Agree with Brahmin on this one. DC pols, as a whole, are a disgrace these days. And that includes the executive branch.

  • Darlene sutton

    U and your got your self in a mess dam u like living large !!!!!!!!!!

  • True is

    Chase never return calls ms barnes good move
    glad u did not get.in that mess !!!!!!!!!!!! Harry thomas.act ward five was not there he was doinn him .the money u was making was not enough time I spin injail make u think oooooooops whts up with u that sounds like u wanted to be on how u living big above your means .........dammmmmm.shop is close it should be a wake up call kids in ward five dont feel sorry for u or chase ......

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