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It’s hard to imagine a more devoted member of Muriel Bowser‘s Green Team than Joshua Lopez. Lopez directed Bowser’s own mayoral field campaign, and remains one of Bowser’s fiercest defenders on Twitter.

Still, commitment to the Green Team apparently isn’t enough to land Lopez a spot on the D.C. Water board. This week, Bowser failed for the second time to place her supporter on the utility’s Board of Directors.

Bowser’s first attempt came last September, only to expire in December without a D.C. Council hearing on Lopez’s qualifications. Bowser’s second attempt would have expired this week, but Bowser withdrew the nomination at the last minute on Wednesday. 

Both Lopez and Bowser spokesman Michael Czin tell LL that Lopez withdrew his nomination. But Wilson Building wags describe this as more of a “you can’t fire me, I quit” situation. That’s because Lopez’s nomination had to go through the Council’s environment committee, run by Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh.

For whatever reason, Cheh proved unwilling to schedule a hearing on either one of the nominations for Lopez. The resume attached to Lopez’s nomination stresses his campaign experience with Bowser and Adrian Fenty, while failing to explain what experience he has with utilities. Lopez’s resume describes him instead as the CEO of “a digital media and business development firm.”

Cheh wouldn’t comment on the end of Lopez’s D.C. Water bid. To LL, it looks like yet another dispute between Cheh and the mayor.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery