While Sulaimon Brown was taking a bathroom break, LL went with the rest of the press corps to the front of the Wilson Building to watch Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. dig in and defend himself against the lawsuit filed by the attorney general’s office today.
Thomas was first chased around the block by reporters trying to catch a glimpse of him driving in the luxury Audi SUV that’s a key part of the AG’s case.
When things got started, Thomas came out swinging, saying he wasn’t going to even consider taking a settlement, because he has done nothing wrong.
“I’m willing to risk everything I have,” Thomas says.
His attorney, Fred Cooke Jr., says Thomas has no plans on resigning from the council or as head as the economic development committee, meaning Council Chairman Kwame “Fully Loaded” Brown has got some tough decisions ahead.
As for the specific allegations made by the AG’s lawsuit, Thomas says he’s got proof to back up his side of the story and will make those public in good time.
Given the level of detail in the AG’s 27-page complaint, and the fact that politicos are already contemplating a post-Thomas council, and that the feds are already investigating, Thomas better move fast.