Some councilmembers these days are feeling a wee bit anxious over which committee chairmanships Almost Council Chairman Kwame Brown will assign them.
Brown’s kept mum on who will get what, but it’s clear there’s some changes in the air that’ll likely leave at least some CMs feeling unhappy.
At-Large Councilmember David Catania has not been shy about letting folks know that he would like to head to likely-to-be formed committee on education, which the rumor mill says Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh wants too. Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells probably dreams of taking a bus or using ride a bike to the Wilson building to chair his very own transportation committee, a prospect Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham probably isn’t too keen on. Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry wants back in the game, but just scolded LL yesterday for writing a piece speculating that Barry may want the human services committee.
But there’s one councilmember who isn’t worried. At-Large CM Phil Mendelson says he met with Brown a week or two ago and is feeling confident that he’ll keep his beloved Committee on Public Safety and the Judiciary. Or, put in Mendo’s politispeak: “My impression was that he would honor my interest.”
LL never got the sense that there was ever much jeopardy of Mendo losing his committee chairmanship, but one theory LL heard lately is that if Brown could give the judiciary committee to Cheh as a consolation prize if she doesn’t head the education committee. Guess that’s off the table. Or is it…
Update: Fraternal Order of Police union president Kris Baumann calls LL to voice “concern” that Brown hadn’t consulted with stakeholders like the FOP before promising Mendo the committee. Baumann said he thinks time “to have some fresh eyes” chairing the judiciary. Baumann’s preferred picks: Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans and Cheh.
LL should have also mentioned in the original post that Brown’s spokeswoman Traci Hughes said the almost chairman hasn’t made any final decisions on committee picks.
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