Loose Lips

Cost of Mayoral Navigator Up 265 percent in 10 years?

LL's soon-to-be-ex-boss is cleaning out his office and found a dead tree edition of a 2002 City Paper article on then-Mayor Anthony Williams' use of a Lincoln Navigator, the same pricey SUV that will forever be a part of a certain former politician's public biography and D.C. political lore.

The article says that Williams' SUV cost $8,771 a year, which breaks down to $731 a month. Compare that to the $1,941 a month the city paid for Mayor Vince Gray's Navigator during his first year in office. That's a 265 percent increase in 10 years. (This online inflation calculator says $731 in 2002 has the equivalent buying power of $933.82 today.)  Though to be fair, Gray's Navigator lease drops to $782 a month during the second year, so maybe the mayor is getting a deal compared to Williams.

From the article:

Williams professes sensitivity to the environmental issues that SUVs pose but says it's his mayoral duty to have the behemoth in his entourage. After all, he says, sometimes it snows around here.

"The reason why I carry an SUV," the mayor says, "is so that I can be available at any time, any hour, to go to an event in any kind of conditions. And I think people expect that of me as mayor."

Read the whole thing here.

  • Drez

    Has any journalist comparison shopped for a similarly loaded suv to see if we're paying the going rate?

  • DT

    LL, this is not journalism, why u still habe ur job is anybody's guess...

    Please quit or get fired... Now.

  • KeepInItReal

    Satan-man. It would take a "pioneer" to appreciate this garbage.

  • peter rosenstein

    Alan- Maybe one day you will find something good to write about. I know its difficult and maybe all you editor wants is this nonsense- but with all the great things happening in the District- kids doing well- the Youth Mayor doing such a great job- pools opening on time and staying open longer and so much more- this just seems like a waste of ink or website space.

  • pam


    R u serious? How is this new? Please, stop insulting ur readers' intelligence


  • Drez

    Is it a market rate lease or not?
    Simple question, folks.

  • StrangeFruit


    Thanks! And, who knew the cost of living wasn't stagnant.

    So Alan, this explains why in 2012 a box of Tampons cost so freaking! Wow, thanks again for the insight!

  • StrangeFruit

    "so freaking much"

  • http://washingtoncitypaper.com southeast lady

    why do these people need fully-loaded SUV's? What's up with that! Will somebody explain this to me! Necessaries: GPS ok, air conditioning ok, full gas tank ok, cha-ffeur ok, tinted windows ok, heat ok,

  • http://washingtoncitypaper.com southeast lady

    Let's make these mothas ride around in a segway. Alleluia. Or bicycle (smile)