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D.C. Council Chairman Kwame “Fully Loaded” Brown is calling on Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas to do something, LL’s just not sure what it is, following last week’s news that Thomas had agree to pay the District back $300,000 after the Office of the Attorney General accused him of stealing funds earmarked for a youth sports program.
“I have urged Councilmember Thomas to consider seriously doing what is best for his family and his constituents as he moves forward from the settlement,” Brown says in a statement released by his office.
LL asked Brown’s spokeswoman Karen Sibert if that line that meant Brown was joining his colleagues Councilmembers David Catania and Mary Cheh in calling for Thomas to resign. “That’s not what I got from his statement, no,” says Sibert.
Okay, so what does it mean exactly? Full statement after the jump:
“Last Friday, Councilmember Harry Thomas settled the civil lawsuit brought against him by the District of Columbia, which alleged that he directed and used city charitable funds for his own personal and political use. While I am disappointed with the entire situation, I am pleased that a settlement was reached quickly and that the city will not have to expend valuable resources to pursue this matter further.
Councilmember Thomas has spent a lifetime committed to helping our youngest generations learn life skills through competitive sports. However, as Chairman of the Council, my highest priority is to ensure that the people of this city have faith in their government. I have urged Councilmember Thomas to consider seriously doing what is best for his family and his constituents as he moves forward from the settlement.
The Council’s Code of Ethics demands that members act solely in the public interest and not for any personal gain. Members must keep the public’s trust and the integrity of the District government at the forefront of any decision making. No member is above reproach and my colleagues and I will work to ensure that the Council of the District of Columbia is in a position to continue to work effectively for the people of this city.”
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