Mendelson Wants to Reprimand Graham, Who Is Suing Ethics Board
The current forecast for Monday: 100 percent chance of Grahamstanding.
D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson announced today that he wants the Council to reprimand Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham and strip him of oversight responsibilities of the city's Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration. The move comes weeks after the Board of Ethics and Government Accountability issued a critical report of Graham's behavior on two lucrative public contracts. A vote on whether to reprimand Graham is set for Monday.
Graham says he's not seen Mendelson's news release yet and could not comment on it. But he did say that his lawyers are filing a lawsuit and seeking a temporary restraining order this morning against the ethics board, who Graham says violated his rights to due process by issuing a negative report without having a full hearing.
In his announcement, Mendelson notes that the ethics board's findings mirror those of an independent investigation commissioned by Metro's board of directors and the city's inspector general.
"The Council finds, from two years of controversy, the three investigations, and widespread public comments, that Councilmember Graham's actions have adversely affected the confidence of the public in the integrity of the District government," says Mendelson's proposed resolution.
Update: Here's a copy of Graham's lawsuit and request for a temporary restraining order:
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