Just when you think DC government and its band of corrupt politicians can’t get any worse, more scandal is unearthed. Attorney General Irvine Nathan filed a lawsuit June 6th in DC Superior Court, alleging Ward 5 Democrat Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. of stealing $300,000 in public funds to buy a $60,000 Audi SUV and fund trips to Las Vegas and the upscale Pebble Beach, CA. The lawsuit demands Thomas repay the money to the city plus damages to the tune of $1 million.
Responding to the Thomas scandal, DC Council Chairman Kwame “Fully-Loaded” Brown vowed to develop “a plan of action” to deal with these allegations. Brown has zero credibility in holding any councilmember accountable for wrong doing when he has been accused of failing to report $250,000 in campaign contributions during his 2008 campaign. The City Paper obtained emails proving three days after he was elected Chairman, Brown demanded the city lease two pimped Lincoln Navigators for him to drive.
Please, Brown promising to take seriously these allegations against Thomas is like Rep. Weiner telling the NYC court he’ll guard Strauss Kahn during his house arrest. If DC residents believe Brown’s pledge, they’ll believe anything.
The Washington Post aptly described DC’s state of affairs pregnant with scandals involving “top elected officials,” as “a government in disarray.” The same day Nathan accused Thomas of graft, Sulaimon Brown testified before the Council about his allegations Mayor Vincent Gray paid him to attack Fenty during the mayoral campaign in exchange for a job in the Gray administration. Sulaimon turned the hearing into a circus act by refusing to remove his dark sunglasses and rather than answer questions , he reminded councilmembers like Barry he never registered his Jaguar in the city and was driving around without tags and chastised Thomas about the city’s recently filed lawsuit against him.
But Sulaimon forgot Councilmember “I want to raise your taxes” Michael Brown’s ethical lapse of not paying his property taxes. And of course the icing on the cake of DC’s disgraced government is after a mere six months in office, Gray has been accused of running a quid pro quo administration, giving jobs to people who worked on his campaign but who weren’t qualified for the positions.
When are DC voters going to hold their elected officials accountable and start voting credible, competent people into office? Voters had a chance to vote Republican Patrick Mara into office for the at-large council seat but instead voted “been there and done that” Vincent Orange back into office. If you keep doing the same thing, you will get the same results.