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Sitting On Another Nomination?

The D.C. Council's vote to block the appointments of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's five recent nominees to the board of trustees at the University of the District of Columbia isn't the only legislative action irking the mayor lately.

Council member Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3), chairman of Public Services and Consumer Affairs, also has not moved on the mayor's nomination of Lori "Missy" Murphy Lee to the Public Services Commission.

Lee, an immigration attorney, is a best friend to the mayor's wife and cousin to his older brother's wife. Lee's husband, Garrett Lee, had been interim deputy general counsel to Fenty until he resigned in June amid his disbarment in connection with malpractice as a private attorney.

"I have concerns," Cheh said, referring to Lori Lee's qualifications, not the familial ties.

By Nikita R Stewart  |  October 22, 2008; 7:00 AM ET
Categories:  D.C. Council  
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