Loose Lips

A Year Later, Navigatorgate Still Unresolved

A year and a day ago, Council Chairman Kwame "Fully Loaded" Brown bowed to a tidal wave of public pressure and returned the fully loaded, tax-payer funded, nearly $2,000-a-month  Lincoln Navigator he was driving.

At that time, Brown promised to reimburse the District for his "share of the use of the vehicle" after Attorney General Irv Nathan renegotiated the contract with the company that leased the city the Navigator.  You may recall that Brown rejected a similar Navigator because of its color scheme; he never indicated he would reimburse the District for the costs associated with that vehicle.

Fast forward to today and the tale of Brown's misadventures in Navigatorland is still unresolved. First, there's the matter of Brown's repayment, or lack thereof. A spokesman for the Office of the Chief Financial Officer says there's no record of any Navigator-related payment from Brown.

LL reported in September that the District had already settled with the leasing company that provided the Navigator that Brown actually drove. (The cost to settle the broken lease? $12,450.23.) If Brown says he's only going to pay for his use of the vehicle, then it shouldn't be too hard to put a number to what he owes. (Monthly rate * time used = cost to Brown). LL has been waiting for comment from Brown's spokeswoman and will update as necessary.

As for the first Navigator that Brown rejected and never drove, the city is apparently still at odds with that vehicle's  leasing company over how much that mistake is going to cost. The District improperly prepaid the leasing company $17,600 for the vehicle back in 2010. After breaking the lease last year, the District determined that the leasing company owed the District $12,383. A spokesman for Nathan told LL today that "this issue still is in dispute with the leasing company."

Thus concludes your semi-regular Navigatorgate update.

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  • NE John

    Let's throw this asshole in jail. He can be HTJ's little bitch

  • NE John

    mini-T

  • skinsfan83

    Dont show hate for the politician you voted in office. Support him the same way you supported him when Orange EXPOSED his poor spending habits!!!!!

  • NE John

    I voted for Tim Day

  • NE John

    As an independent, I cannot vote in the Democratic primaries, and when it comes to the election, I always vote for the other guy (i.e., not the Democrat)

  • Honest Abe

    This story needs to be featured on television to let a wide audience know that he hasn't re-payed. That will surely turn the heat up on him.

  • concerned citizen

    email him and voice your displeasure

    kbrown@dccouncil.us

  • SEis4ME

    Alan (or MM) I don't know the answer but did Harry enter into an agreement w/the city promising to repay the amount OR did he simply make a statement saying he would do it..in good faith?

    I've read many stories and haven't been able to figure out why people are expecting him to repay the money. I know HTJ did but did Brown?

  • DJ Ren

    @SEis4ME: Again, even a modest amount of research is your friend here, as opposed to asking of others. HTJ entered into an agreement with the city to repay money he stole. Of course, he has defaulted.

    Kwame, on the other hand, said via multiple forms of media (print, tv, radio)that he would repay the city for his use of the vehicle. In the face of his statements, is it UNREASONABLE for people to expect Kwame to keep his word?

    Most folks I know keep their word and pay their debts. Of course, court records prove Kwame doesn't does neither.

  • DC Guy

    He should pay for the full cost of both vehicles AND market rate for the attorney time to renegotiate the leases.

  • DJ Ren

    Wow - "doesn't does neither" not my best line, to say the least. Please read: Of course, court records prove Kwame does neither.

  • SEis4ME

    @DJREN, Kwame stated, I intend to reimburse the city for my share of the use of the vehicle once the Attorney General renegotiates the lease agreement.

    Not to get into the nuance of legalese but "intending" and "will" are two different things. I asked whether he had entered into an agreement to repay the city. The above "statement" from him does not answer that.

    A politician under investigation can say that they "intend" to retire...but that only means they are considering it.

    Anybody can say they plan on doing something but absent an actual agreement, its meaningless.

  • DJ Ren

    @SEis4ME: Let me get this straight - you can't figure out why people expect Kwame to pay back the city for his use of the Navigator(s)- despite the fact that he said he would? Really? Generally, when people say they will do something, they do it, at least in my experience.

    Do you require a signed agreement in order to keep your word (of course I'm assuming that's what you mean by an "actual agreement")?

    Simple question: do you believe Kwame should repay the city for his Navigator use?

  • Skipper

    Anyone who expects Kwame to pay what he owes - without having to do so kicking and screaming - is simply an idiot.

  • truth hurts

    Kwame apparently hasn't gotten back to LL yet. Says a lot.

    Kudos to CP for calling Kwame on this bs.

  • Lexus

    HE'S NOT GOING TO PAY WHAT HE OWES. HE THINKS HE'S "ENTITLED." HE FULLY BELIEVES THAT DC CITIZENS SHOULD PAY FOR HIS OVERBLOWN EGO NEEDS. HE IS A LITTLE MAN WITH A NON-BALANCED EGO AND HE WILL NEVER FEEL LIKE A REAL MAN. THAT'S WHY HE NEEDED SUCH A BIG VEHICLE...TRYIN' TO FILL THAT EGO NEED.

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