Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander was on the Kojo Nnamdi Show today to talk about ethics and possible reforms of the council’s ethics rules.

“As far as ethics goes, I’m a big supporter of ethics,” reassured Alexander.

But, adds Alexander, she says the council shouldn’t be so “reactive” to each crisis that pops up, but councilmembers should just follow the rules that are already in place.

Alexander says the council’s reaction to Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry’s issues over steering city funds to his special lady friend is a perfect example.

“We wiped out earmarks, which really affected my community,” says Alexander.

Alexander was also asked about Wal-Mart, (“Wal-Mart is great.”), Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr.’s recent settlement and lack of explanation over allegations that he improperly steered more than $300,000 in city funds into his own bank accounts (“I’m still waiting for an explanation too.”), and her re-election chances (“I am Ward 7.”).

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