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Washington’s federal status makes the city a magnet for every asphalt lobbyist, sweatshop defender, and James Carville wannabe in the country. Now, according to D.C. Councilmember Harold Brazil, our local government is attracting an even creepier strain: A federally mandated local version of Megan’s Law has been in place since 1997, but according to Brazil spokesperson Scott Gastel, the city has so far registered only 117 of the several thousand sex offenders estimated to live or work here—leading his boss to conclude that D.C. could soon become a predators’ Club Med. “If the District is the only jurisdiction in the country without [a registry], sex offenders may be encouraged to move here,” declared a Brazil press release. It didn’t work: Brazil’s effort to fix the controversial law failed to gain the necessary nine emergency-legislation votes at the Council’s Tuesday legislative session.