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LL only caught the tail end of Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham’s interview on Newstalk with Bruce DePuyt, but it was an interesting few minutes.
DePuyt showed Graham a clip of Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans saying last week on the show that the District’s elected officials who are facing questions of unethical behavior need to do better jobs of moving past their respective problems.
Graham responded to the clip by first saying that he’s done nothing wrong and has not been charged with any wrongdoing in connection with the corruption case against his former chief of staff Ted Loza.
Graham said he needed to get that “essential fact” on the table early in any ethics discussion.
Graham then brought up Evans’ old political action committee, Jack PAC, and noted that that it wasn’t too long ago when Evan was subjected to plenty of attention for his own ethical issues. (Evans shut down the PAC in 2006 after coming under scrutiny about how he spent its money.)
LL is sure that Evans is pleased that Graham brought that up.
Anyway, Graham said he’s not sure how the District is going to move past the current crop of scandals, which he likened to a “mist” with no beginning, middle or end. But he did say that he thought some personnel changes were needed at the Office of Campaign Finance, which he said moved too slow.
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