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Despite the fact that Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells recalls Ron Moten calling him “a liar and a double-crosser” at a recent hearing regarding the Peaceaholics, the two men currently find themselves agreeing about something: The D.C. Council has gone too far with its anti-vote-buying legislation.
At a press conference held outside City Paper‘s office earlier today, Moten read some statements Wells made about the council’s effort to make it a crime to give constituents anything of value in exchange for voting or registering to vote. For Moten, the legislation is problematic because it might keep him from throwing go-go concerts to promote Fenty. For Wells, it’s simpler than that.
“I don’t think that the people who are standing for election should be changing the election laws,” he says. Wells says he isn’t taking that stance on behalf of anyone’s campaign. “I have not come out for anyone for mayor, ” he says. Even so, “right before the election is not the time to start mucking around with election law.”
Wells also fears the legislation, which council approved Tuesday night, might get in the way of a city tradition: D.C. has a long history of providing boxed lunches to seniors when they’re bused to the polls, he says.
“I expected more from my colleagues,” Wells says.