Loose Lips

Jim Graham: Tommy Wells is Grandstanding for the Post

Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham does not think highly of his colleague Ward 6 Councilmartyr Saint Tommy Wells' proposal to form an ad hoc committee to consider whether Graham ought to be punished by his colleagues. Late Friday, Wells called on D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson to form such a committee, after the Board of Ethics issued a scathing report saying Graham had violated the city's code of conduct five years ago when he tried to help a campaign contributor get part of a Metro development deal.

"I think you know that Wells is running for mayor and he's got one eye on the Washington Post editorial board," says Graham, referencing the fact that the Post called on him to resign Friday. Graham has denied any wrondgoing and says the Board of Ethics came to a conclusion without giving him a proper chance to defend himself.

Forming an ad hoc committee would be the first step toward the Council censuring Graham. The Council could also take the less severe and formal step of passing a resolution reprimanding Graham. Mendelson was out of town last week and has not returned calls seeking comment.

Wells, who has not formally announced a mayoral run but has said it's likely he'll do so, said the Council "could not ignore" the Board of Ethics' report, as well as a report commissioned by Metro's board that also found wrongdoing on Graham's part.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

  • Truth hurts

    Eye on WaPo, huh? How many op-eds and letters to wapo's editors have Graham and his lawyers submitted? Lots.

  • RealDC

    LMAO!

    Graham's lawyers are sending letters to the Post. Graham is delusional and an embarrassment to DC!

    Graham needs to GO!! Sooner than later.

    Oh, where is the Council Chair?

  • Bryan Danielson

    Jim Graham is approaching Hosni Mubarak levels of delusion thinking that he doesn't need to resign or at least indicate that he won't run again.

  • DC=DistrictofCorruption

    Graham is right. Wells is no saint. He is deflecting attention from his own shortcomings. Graham should repay the favor and tell all he knows about the Council's most ambitious hypocrite.

  • anons

    Thankfully a few people are already lined up to run against him next election. Graham is in his last term.

  • ToTheContrary

    Everyone knows that a WP/CityPaper endorsement is the kiss of death in this town. Is Wells grandstanding, yes, does it matter, no. Graham should be met with the same fate as Marion Barry.

  • Drez

    Who cares if Wells is Grahamstanding?
    He's still doing the right thing and (all alone) risking Graham's infamously vicious retribution.
    Credit where credit due.
    Phil needs to step up and treat Graham the same way the council treated Barry.

  • Art

    ToTheContrary, you wrote, "Graham should be met with the same fate as Marion Barry." Are you suggesting that Graham's fate should be to become a council member who is love so much by his constitutents that the only way he could lose his seat is to die or not run??

  • IAmNotALiberalDemocrat

    The pot calling the kettle black. Everyone knows, Jim Graham is the 'Queen' of all media.

  • michaeliceman

    @Art. Not the poster you are talking to. But yes, Graham should meet the same fate as Barry with regard to Council action. He should be censured and stripped of his Committee.

    Now, if the citizens of Ward 1 want to continue to vote for him, that is a different matter.

  • Alf

    I guess we'd better pay attention since, if grandstanding were an Olympic sport, Jim Graham would be world champion.

  • noodlez

    WOULD BE NICE TO KNOW WHERE THE OTHER COUNCIL MEMBERS STAND?
    ESPECIALLY GAYTANIA!!! HAVENT READ ANYWHERE OF ANY RANTING OR RAVING FROM THIS KNOWN WACKADOODLE!

    I BELIEVE GRAHAM WILL NOT RESIGN.
    WOULD BE INTERESTING TO SEE IF ALL THOSE MYOPIC LIL TWITS WHO FLOCKED TO DC ESPECIALLY THE WHITE ONES ARE GOING TO VOTE HIM BACK INTO OFFICE KNOWING HIS CORRUPT GOVERNMENTAL BACKGROUND.

  • Typical DC BS

    Graham knows that the more people that run against him, the better chance he has of winning reelection. The opposition needs to rally around ONE candidate and sweep this MF OUT.

  • Ward-8

    Graham should be treated like fully Loaded Brown, Dang, my bad, being handed a bribe by his convicted Chief of staff and forgetting to notifying the Po Po and that small thingy with the land swap lottery thing don't count and clearly exibit Ms Graham is above reproach with intact inte

  • Ward-8

    Graham continued- Intergerty, and all those in agreement, I have this small bridge near the potomac river for sale at Bank loan price.

  • Calvin H. Gurley

    Will Phil Mendelson man-up and answer CM Tommy Wells request with a yes?

    The citizens are emotional and they want blood.

    But... wait a minute. Wise man CM Graham is as cunning as any vintage politician within the beltway. Who knows what dirt he [Graham] has on the various members of the council. Perhaps, that is why only Tommy Wells and just another (who requested anonymity) are speaking up.

    As long a Phil has the other 10 council members mum – Graham does not give…a care about Tommy Wells’ echoes.

    This sure is revealing, that Graham is a sound politician...second to the Teflon Mayor… Marion Barry. You have to hand it to Graham...he is more than just - an average elected official.

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