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Back in October, LL took Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser gently to task for failing to sign on to the Frank Harris Jr. Offset Justice Amendment Act when it was introduced.
Harris, to refresh some memories, is the St. Elizabeths patient who had gouged his eyes out in March 2003, and his family responded by suing the city over the incident. The Fenty administration then billed Harris for a $2.2 million “offset” to cover medical costs he’d incurred over the years. The legislation, introduced by At-Large Councilmember Phil Mendelson, aimed to stop Fenty from sending out such bills in the future.
LL took Bowser’s failure to sign up as a cosponsor as evidence of her oft-remarked Fenty fealty. Bowser protested such insinuations, claiming a failure to cosponsor did not necessarily indicate opposition to the bill.
Well, the bill is now in front of the full council, and today Bowser voted for it on first reading. Carol Schwartz, the only other member not to cosponsor, voted present, making her the only member not to vote in favor.
Mea culpa, Madame Councilmember! Advice: To keep LL off your ass, you might want to tell your patron to screw off a little earlier in the process next time.