Tommy Wells Calls for Ad Hoc Committee To Investigate Jim Graham
Probable mayoral candidate and Ward 6 Councilmartyr Saint Tommy Wells wants to add to Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham's misery.
Wells is asking D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson to establish an ad hoc committee to consider "evidence of a violation of the code of conduct and make recommendations for further action" in regards to l'affaire Graham. Yesterday, the Board of Ethics and Government Accountability found that there was "substantial" evidence that Graham violated the city's code of conduct by trying to shake a developer off a Metro development deal in return for supporting that same developer's bid to win the city's lucrative lottery contract. But the board said it did not have the legal capacity to impose any punishments on Graham and decided not to pursue a more formal investigation, which apparently did not sit well with Wells.
"The crisis of ethics that has faced the Council requires your strong leadership to ensure we restore the public trust and confidence," Wells wrote to Mendelson in a letter very recently delivered to council offices.
Wells wasn't immediately available for comment. Graham says he'll have to call LL back to comment. More as LL gets it.
Update: Sources at the Wilson Building say Wells' ad hoc committee would be the first step in censuring Graham, should the council want to. Here's the letter:
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