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UPDATE, 5:05 p.m. – It appears that the initial list has shifted such that it’s not obvious to which committees the incoming councilmember would be assigned: Each committee now has five members, with the exceptions of Parks and Recreation and Marion Barry‘s Aging and Community Affairs (which now has just three members, after Muriel Bowser and Tommy Wells left it). Harry Thomas joined Housing and Workforce Development, Phil Mendelson joined Public Services and Consumer Affairs, and Bowser joined Public Works and Transportation.
So Orange could still join Public Services, but doesn’t need to. He told Mike DeBonis it wouldn’t be a problem anyway, since the Public Service Commission is the one that does the regulating…but the committee also oversees the Public Services Commission.
A couple weeks ago, David Alpert observed that the incoming at-large councilmember would sit on four rather important committees: Housing and Workforce Development, Public Works and Transportation, Economic Development, and Public Services and Consumer Affairs.
That last committee is the interesting one, at least as far as repeat candidate Vincent Orange is concerned.
Although it hardly seems likely, with the pace at which insurgent Sekou Biddle has been picking up endorsements, a spot on the Public Services committee would give Orange a vote on issues concerning Pepco, where he served as a vice president for government affairs (read: Lobbyist) from 2007 to 2010.
Which would seem like something of a conflict of interest, no?