The Wilson Building viewed from Freedom Plaza
The Wilson Building viewed from Freedom Plaza Credit: Darrow Montgomery

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This week in the wacky world of D.C. politico speak:

  • “Because of all we learned this school year, we are better positioned than ever to take on long-standing challenges in our schools.” —Mayor Muriel Bowser spins public school failures with launch of search for new chancellor. [Twitter]
  • “Sensationalism.” —D.C. Department of General Services Director Greer Gillis on City Paper reporting about construction delays for new homeless shelters in Wards 7 and 8. [WCP]
  • “We do not vet subcontractors, nope.” —Gillis admitting that her agency did not vet the subcontractor that was supposed to deliver finished units for those projects. [DC Line]
  • “This is just the kind of situation that breeds mistrust of our police officers. … It is imperative that we foster a better relationship between our officers and our communities, especially on the east end of the city.” —Ward 7 Councilmember Vince Gray on an incident in which D.C. police officers allegedly planted a suspect to search black bystanders. [Informer, Post]
  • “By denying patrons the ability to use cash as a form of payment, businesses are effectively telling lower-income and young patrons that they are not welcome.” —At-Large D.C. Councilmember David Grosso on his new bill to require restaurants to accept cash. [WCP]
  • “It’s good to see you, sir.” —Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh to her former colleague, Harry Thomas Jr., who testified about a controversial redevelopment project in Ward 5. [Twitter, DC Line]
  • “A scarlet letter.” —Cheh describing the impact an eviction can have on a resident’s life. [Twitter]