Loose Lips Daily: Barry the Football Pundit Edition
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:
Good morning sweet readers! It's been a rough few weeks actively cheering against the Giants. LL is glad that's over with. News time:
Barry the Football Pundit: Yesterday was Super Sunday for the Twitter feed of former Mayor-for-life Marion Barry, who shared his thoughts on the District's not so home team. "You know, the Redskins suck. I'm tired of watching everyone else in the Superbowl. Aint been right since they left DC," sayeth Barry, adding later: "DAN SYNDER SUCKS." Indeed. Mayor Vince Gray also got into the Twitter action, reminding that the Redskins somehow beat the Giants twice this year, as did Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander.
AFTER THE JUMP: A New Jihad; Speaking of the Lottery; Sulaimon is Back... A New Jihad: The Post editorial page launched a new editorial jihad on Saturday. This time around, the Post wants to know whether Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham tried to use his perch atop the Metro board in order to improperly assist one preferred developer and hamper one not-so-preferred developer. Graham also takes a bruising from columnist Colby King, who says his "non-lawyer ears" hear the councilmember may have been seeking a quid pro quo for his support of the contract in emails between Graham and one of the would-be lottery contractors. Graham, you should know, says he's not doing anything wrong. This morning he sent all of his colleagues a copy of a 2010 letter from Metro which he says "responds virtually point by point," to the questions raised by the Post.
Speaking of Lottery: CFO Nat Gandhi responds to his critics in the Post, saying he is "bound by law and obligated by professional standards to follow the letter and intent of the law" and has always done so, thank you very much. Meanwhile, Jonetta Rose Barras says over in the Examiner that Gandhi's got to go, or something. "Isn't it time the council ends Gandhi's imperial reign or at the very least rein him in?"
Heeee's Back!: Everyone's favorite mayoral accuser, Sulaimon Brown, is back in the news today. He's due in court today on a charge of driving with an expired Maryland driver's license. Yeah, that's right, the same Maryland driver's license that Brown once swore he didn't have.
Mistakes, We Made a Few: Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh tells the Examiner that the recent field trip to New Hampshire by District elected officials was a mistake. "It felt like an ambush," says Cheh. "We shouldn't have gone."
Patterson Makes The Case: Ward 8 candidates Jacque Patterson pens a post at Congress Heights on the Rise explaining why he should win. "And is it asking too much for a candidate to conduct him/herself in a manner that improves the image of Ward 8."
In Other News:
- Recall effort looking weak.
- Georgetown residents want to watch criminals.
- Park Police fond of bio hazard suits.
- Amir Khan's lawyers learn about doing business the District way.
- If you're getting public assistance, Council Chairman Kwame "Fully Loaded" Brown wants you to attend PTA meetings.
- Shiloh Baptist Church's interest in vacant property explained.
Gray sked: 9:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.: Meetings and State of the District Address Preparation. (11 hours of speech prep!? This better be one great speech.)
Council sked: Public briefing on CAFR at 11 a.m.