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Bulletin: Nickles Is Confirmed

The D.C. Council voted to confirm Peter J. Nickles as the attorney general today in a 7 to 5 vote. Chairman Vincent C. Gray supported Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's nominee, and Democratic At-Large member Kwame Brown voted present.

The battle over Nickles's future began with a dramatic development in the judiciary committee yesterday, when the panel voted 3 to 2 against confirming him. Headed by At-Large Council member Phil Mendelson, the panel's opponents to Nickles said he was too close to Fenty to properly serve as the attorney general for District residents.

The decision today rested with Gray, who did not reveal his intent until the last hours of the debate. A source close to the chairman said he had not made up his mind until late.

Mendelson, who led the fight against Nickles and published a highly critical report about his role, released the following statement after today's vote:

"It was important that the full Council discuss and decide the Mayor's nominee for Attorney General. The Council has now expressed its support for Mr. Nickles. I know Mr. Nickles is a professional and will continue to support a positive working relationship with the Council. I will do all I can to work cooperatively with Mr. Nickles. Working together is in the best interest of our clients: the residents of the District of Columbia."

Hamil R. Harris and Nikita Stewart

By Marcia Davis  |  November 18, 2008; 5:19 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. Council , Mayor Fenty  
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My phone is ringing off the hook voicing disappointment towards Gray's YES vote, and Brown's PRESENT vote to confirm Nickles as AG for DC. This confirmation will be analyzed heavily by dc voters in future elections for the council....

Posted by: winston61 | November 18, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

The DC Council. What a bunch of losers.

Posted by: dipazzo | November 18, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

So glad I moved to Md. DC deserves everything it gets.

Posted by: epjd | November 18, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Just dayumn...

Posted by: logosdesigns | November 18, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Nickels' confirmation will not be the end of his saga.

Mark my words: the Post, Times and Examiner will run stories in late May 2009 that hints that Nickels isnt in compliance with the DC residency requirement for these types of positions (the law requires the AG to become a DC resident within 180 days after appointment). So he'll buy a condo, but will still spend most nights at his estate in Great Falls. The papers will then start an investigation that concludes that he's evading the residency requirement. The council will convene a hearing and Nickels will swear under oath that he's really a DC resident and show them his condo deed, utility payments, DC pay stub showing deduction of DC taxes, and his brand new DC driver's license. And the Council will do nothing.

It's clear he thinks he's still an equity partner at a private law firm. Why else would he fire a bunch of assistant attorney generals without due process?
He is either unaware of or chooses to ignore laws applicable to civil service employees... but I digress. Oh, and this is the guy who followed up his illegal act by making a moronic statement (which likely violates the Age Discrimination in Employment Act) by stating he wants YOUNG, hard-working attorneys on his staff. Curious how much the District will pay those fired lawyer's in attorneys fees and costs -- the government picks up the employees' tab when it loses these types of cases. Betcha it's tens of thousands of dollars. Post story here me thinks...

Fenty (and Nickles and Rhee) have no respect for the Council (sounds similar to the lack of respect that Bush's DoD and EPA appointees have for Congress, huh?).

The District deserves what it gets for electing these spineless councilmembers.

Shame on you Mr. Gray and Mr. Brown.

Posted by: Lawyerman | November 18, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Council members must be able to make a decision. A vote of 'present' does not reflect that responsibility.

Posted by: kirk2 | November 18, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

cowardice cowards...let's just say at least 1 at large member best be glad his re-election has already taken place...lost much respect 4 kwame (kilpatrick) brown...hate michael brown wasn't on the dais to represent the people cause at least he wouldn't cowtow to hisoner...and mister chairman while you're playing nice hisoner is gone use it 2 his advantage and continue to run rogue over the weakest council i've witnessed...can u say we have the male version of sarah palin as our mayor...and i didn't vote 4 her just as i didn't vote 4 hisoner...their actions were cleary politically calculated hopefully that means that hisoner is gone get tapped by the obama administration to be the ambassador to zamunda and rid the district of hisoner and his foolishness but the cowards who wouldn't stand up 4 the people shouldn't expect a vote of confidence as his replacement...hell he'll probably pick that 2...

Posted by: courage_under_fire | November 18, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Washingtonians complain about the way things are in our city, but as soon as anyone comes along to attempt change, the old guard and naysayers rally round, pounce and renounce. The council did the right thing.

Posted by: logan303 | November 18, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Instead of blogging here, we should be flooding the E-mails of the council. What is it now that they can't vote according to what the constituents want? Inaugural tickets? What is up with these folks who are so stuck on stupid? KWAME BROWN should have just stayed home-coward. A vote as important as this and his best is present?Is SCHWARTZ such a sore loser that she would sit there consistently contradict herself and then turn around and vote for him? She is in charge of workforce development, cannnot get PERB to be a legal body and votes for the man who thinks he is above the law. Good riddens! GRAHAM and CATANIA wouldn't even support their main constituents, The gay and lesbian community. WELLS- simpleton! But that VINCENT GRAY A chairman? a leader? Voting against the people of DC for a jack-a$$ that can't even vote in this town but can cause constant turmoil? How do you stand up man? No balls or spine!

Posted by: candycane1 | November 18, 2008 7:35 PM | Report abuse

I forgot one more! BOWSER! BOW WOW! Just roll over and play dead for the mayor. You stink!!!

Posted by: candycane1 | November 18, 2008 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Following this important vote from the City Council, I believe that Mr. Nickles may be a good Dc Attorney General. Why?

As Schizoid as the entire DC govt is, Mr. Nickles deserves applause for efforts; DC statehood (with-in his previous law firm). Being truly, against DC Statehood (Snorin' Norton's gotta go!), yet terminating the past (DC Corp Council) deceitful lying lawyers was par excellent! Moreover, although arguing for DC Gun Ban and it’s lost was inevitable.

Yet, the Mayor has much more cutting to do with-in the DC criminal govt, and my opinion is - he will perform tough tasks the "politico's will not do because of the crony govt entrenched under (felon) Barryites (Marion Barry).

I support the Mayor' efforts and Mr. Nickles vociferousness.

A change is a comin' and this favoring is inevitable.

Not side-lined, but in belief "Yes we can."

An "Audacity of Hope."

Eying the good, the bad, and, the ugly.

Congratulations Mr. Fenty and Mr. Nickles!

Look forward to favorable trials against past City intransigence ... Mr. Nickles, I respect a reasonable respectful govt argument!


Posted by: eglobegus | November 18, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

While I absolutely am behind change, I am not so drunk with the idea that I like change for the sake of change.

Fenty is new and fresh, yet he, himself ordered the removal of fiscal parameters of the Summer Jobs for Youth program that ran it overbudget 30 million dollars. I suppose his "change" fans will pat him on the back for that.

Peter Nickles has in reaction to government mismanaged, for the papers, fired employees, outside of the parameters of the law forcing the eventual settlement with many of those employees and the rehiring of others. Yet, the Post doesn't give the public those details.

He doesn't live here, he doesn't pay taxes here yet he brazenly suggests those who challenge his faulty legal manauvers, he says "so, sue me", better that he say "what do I care, it is not my tax dollars, sue us".

I am, by the grace of a loving God, a temp-citizen in this town posturing as a city.

D.C. will never, ever get statehood if I can help it. It doesn't deserve it.

Gray proved he can be bought, and Kwame proved to be a spineless nothing with a small voice of "present".

If 2/3 of the nation must approve to give this city statehood, then I'll contact my homestate Congressperson and make clear the case that the District is the seat of democracy and belongs to the nation. Give them a vote but CERTAINLY not statehood.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | November 18, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

we (and I say that with hesitation) the residents of the District voted for these people who only represent their own personal will. it says alot when the council vote against the will of a committee chair. don't we all wish the election for these members was tomorrow. i know how i'm voting the next time.

Posted by: blacksheepanp | November 19, 2008 10:45 AM | Report abuse

"Fenty (and Nickles and Rhee) have no respect for the Council (sounds similar to the lack of respect that Bush's DoD and EPA appointees have for Congress, huh?)."

Hmmm...does the Council really deserve respect? All I see is Fenty, Nickles, and Rhee finally getting stuff done and making improvements in this city. And, Council trying to thwart them at every turn. As for the Summer Youth Employment problem last year...better to try hard and stumble than to never try at all, right?

Posted by: Tunafish2 | November 19, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

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