Loose Lips

CYITC to Jim Graham: Go Away

The chairman of the Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation's board of directors as sent letter to Ward 1 Jim Graham asking him to keep his hands off the embattled organization.

Chairman Robert Bobb expressed "great consternation" over the possibility of Graham joining the CYITC's board as a nonvoting advisory member. Bobb says Graham's involvement could "potentially impact" the trust's ability to raise private funds and strengthen its connections with the nonprofit world. (The full letter was first posted by the blog Susie's Budget and Policy Corner.)

In case you are unaware, former Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. used the CYITC to steal more than $350,000 in city funds. Since then, the CYITC has sought to distance itself from political influences.

"I believe that measures must be taken to prevent repeating the problems of the past by erecting a barrier between the trust and elected officials," Bobb writes. "Appointing a councilmember to the board, even in a non-voting capacity, would not only represent a rejection of that idea but would essentially serve to institutionalize the very dynamic we are seeking to avoid."

Bobb tells LL that he was "totally" surprised by Graham's decision to seek appointment to the board. Graham didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Update: Graham has responded with a letter of his own. He says he's needed on the board because Bobb has been "less than forthcoming in providing information" to the D.C. Council about the trust's finances.

Much more to come, undoubtedly.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

  • Drez

    Robert Bobb, the former CA?

  • Truth hurts

    Bobb bitch slaps Graham

  • truth hurts

    A must read: Graham's letter crafted specifically for release to the media.

    Harvard law grad? Wow

  • ward4rez

    LMAO at the headline.

  • Citizen

    And the picture of Teddy Loza speaks volumes, nonetheless Graham seems unwilling to voluntarily go away so I'll say it again.

    Mr. Machen, please put him away!

    BobBob is not much better but he is no Jim Graham.

  • mizwillis

    I don't know (because there hasn't been as much written) about Jim Graham's possible criminal activity, but I do know that the amount of money allegedly involved is peanuts compared to the money Nickles helped Fenty to abscond with. Fenty, Skinner, Lomax, Lottie, Dottie and Ev-er-ybody.

    In the natural order of things, Mr. Machen should be looking into the whole Fenty financial mess before going after relatively speaking small potatoes, Jim Graham.

    Didn't Bob Square just add to the damage in Detroit?
    Makes one wonder why he went there in the first place knowing the situation. Really makes me wonder.

  • NE John

    He's got electric boobs, and mohair pubes, you know I read it in a magazeeeeeene!

  • mizwillis

    As the young folks say:

    NE John, YOU STUPID. LOL

    Isn't that from Bennie & the Jets by Sir Elton?
    Never really paid attention to the lyrics. You give me something to do the next time I look on YouTube.

  • noodlez

    YA'LL NOT SEEING THE FOREST FROM THE TREES!

    MENDO KNOWS GRAHAM IS UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT FOR VARIOUS REASONS WE KNOW ABOUT AND DON'T WANT TO KNOW ABOUT.
    UNLESS GRAHAM WANTS A POLITICAL DEATH SENTENCE HE WOULD HAVE TO BE A DAMN FOOL TO DO ANYTHING OUTSIDE THE NORM. THIS WAS A CALCULATED MOVE!!! THERE ARE PROBABLY FOXES IN THE HEN HOUSE ALREADY. OTHER THAN HARRY THOMAS WHAT OTHER PERSON WOULD YOU WANT TO HAVE A SET EYES IN THE CHICKEN COOP THAN THE GRAHAMCRACKER?

    HE IS A CROOK SO HE KNOWS HOW CROOKS THINK AND OPERATE. SO IF HE WITNESSES ANY IMPROPRIETIES I'M SURE HE WILL POINT THOSE THINGS OUT. YO BOBB. YOU ON NOTICE!!! I DARE YA TO FUCK UP AND TO FIND OUT HOW THEY DO CROOKED BLACK FOLK IN CHARGE OF SHIT IN D.C.!

    ONE CITAY.

  • ward4rez

    J-j-j-jimmy and the Feds!! ( no offense to Elton John)

    Graham=Agent Provocateur

  • newcomer

    @noodlez the hackneyed expression you were going for is "cannot see the forest FOR the trees".

    you're welcome

  • noodlez

    @NEW-PRECIATE THE EDIT BUT THE CORRECT EXPRESSION DOESN'T FLOW RIGHT.

  • newcomer

    @noodlez. well, language is fluid i guess.

  • RealDC

    GrahamKracker is out of line. Why put that clown on any board? Oh, yeah Mendelson is the chair,.... hit it Jack...."this is the worse council"!!

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