D.C. Council Chairman Kwame “Fully Loaded” Brown has scheduled a meeting tomorrow to make committee assignments now that Kenyan McDuffie is the official Ward 5 councilmember. The big question: Will McDuffie get a committee of his own?
As of 4 p.m. today, McDuffie says he doesn’t know to which committees he’ll be assigned or whether he’ll be given a chairmanship of a committee, adding that he has “no expectation” of being named chairman.
It’s possible Brown won’t give him one. After all, there aren’t any easy vacancies to fill. When disgraced former Ward 5 Council Harry Thomas Jr. stepped down from his perch as chairman of the economic developm ent committee, Brown took that high profile committee for himself and appears uneager to part with it.
But Brown also made it clear during the 2010 chairman’s race that he thought every councilmember should chair a committee; he was asked about it several times at candidate forums because people wanted to know if he was going to give Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry a committee. So far, Brown’s lived up to that promise when new members join the council. He gave short-term Councilmember Sekou Biddle the chairmanship of a “special” committee on school safety and truancy. And Brown gave his former opponent Councilmember Vincent Orange, who Brown apparently blames for his current troubles with the feds, the reins to the Committee on Small and Local Business Development.
Brown’s office didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment about McDuffie’s potential assignment. And none of LL’s usual wags at the Wilson Building know what Brown’s plans are. Maybe his mind is elsewhere at the moment…
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