Loose Lips

Alexander: I Took No Bribes on Lotto Contract

The Associated Press reported today that as part of an investigation into how the D.C. lottery contract was awarded, the feds have been looking into allegations of wrongdoing by Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander.

Specifically, "two staffers for Alexander asked [lottery bidder Warren Williams Jr.] for money to prove his loyalty to the councilmember, with one putting the price tag at $20,000, according to people familiar with the probe. Investigators are aware of the request and have asked about it, according to a person they have interviewed. Alexander told AP she made no such offer and that she doesn't take the allegations seriously."

Alexander's office put out a statement today reaffirming that denial:

Recently, I was made aware of allegations that were made against me and two of my staffers regarding an illegal $20,000 bribe from Warren Williams, Jr. in order to secure a lottery contract. Two of my staffers were accused of soliciting money from Williams, encouraging him to prove his loyalty to me as the Ward 7 Councilmember. I want to make it clear that these allegations are totally false and have no merit.

I have never accepted any money or bribes in exchange for a legislative vote. All of my votes have been based on what I believe is best for my constituents, not what is best for me. I have served the residents of the District of Columbia with the utmost integrity, and I would never jeopardize my reputation with an outright criminal act.

I also would like to note that as of today, I, and my staff members, have not been contacted by federal investigators regarding these allegations. I will continue to work hard to represent the residents of Ward 7 and the District of Columbia.

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Comments

  1. #1

    I've been seated as a grand juror a time, or two, or three in my lifetime and it is amazing to me that what goes on in that process is bantered about in the media.

    If I remember correctly, each juror was sworn to secrecy under threat of criminal charges for violating that oath.

    Where does this 'information' come from? Surely not from the investigating Feds, themselves. So therefore, how does anyone give credence to these slanderous accusations
    with such impunity?

    And if it comes to pass that someone in the US Attorney's office is discussing what the grand jurors have been sworn to secrecy about, we have surely reached a sad state in this city.

    The collective media should be ashamed of itself for publishing garbage about public officials under the guise of not wanting to be identified. I wouldn't want to be identified either if I was talking to the media about an on-going investigation whether or not it was warranted and resulted in indictments, arrests, and convictions. It is not only about snitching; it is about violating the rights of anybody caught up in the criminal/civil justice system.

  2. #2

    I feel like bustin' out

    Actually, it happens whether I feel it or not

  3. #3

    Gotta love Alexander's statement: "I would never jeopardize my reputation with an OUTRIGHT criminal act."

    Guess what? Most corrupt pols live by that same credo, going to great lengths to disguise their cheating ways.

  4. #4

    I would like to point out that no one in the original wording said "bribes". They just said $20K. That could be "in campaign donations, CSF's, etc...". So it may behoove LL, or other press to follow up with "...but did you or staff request $20k or so in campaign donations, CSF's, etc..." . You could be getting played on a legal parsing of words.

  5. #5

    Hey John: As the saying goes: "Who's Zoomin' Who?"

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