Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity

Votes Lining Up in Fight Over Nickles

D.C. Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) told D.C. Wire that if Peter J. Nickles is not confirmed as the District's Attorney General this afternoon "It will be the equivalent to political nuclear war between the mayor and the D.C. Council."

But Council member Phil Mendelson (D-At-large) rebuffed Graham's dooms day prediction.

"That is a very unfortunate way of looking at this," Mendelson said. "The council's right to confirm or reject a nominee is fundamental. Mr Nickles needs to be viewed in terms of his qualifications and record."

Mendelson and Graham commented during a lunch break of the council where lawmakers, lobbyist and aides to Mayor Adrian M. Fenty were all trying to have a word with the council members about the vote.

At this point, those in support of Nickles include council members Graham, Jack Evans (D-Ward 2), Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4), Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6), David Catania (I-At Large) and Carol Schwartz (R-At- Large). Those opposed are Mendelson, Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3), Harry Thomas Jr. (D-Ward 5), Marion Barry (D-Ward 8), Kwame Brown (D-At Large) and Yvette Alexander (D-Ward 7).

D.C. Council Chairman Vince C. Gray is poised to be the dealmaker, but during the break Gray wouldn't say which way he was leaning. An aide to the mayor, who spoke on the condition that their name not be used because they were speaking without authorization, said the administration is optimistic that Gray would vote for Nickles. If that happens, several council members will likely change their vote and jump on the Nickles bandwagon.

Gray declined to tip his hand about which way he was leaning regarding Nickles.

Hamil R. Harris

By Marcia Davis  |  November 18, 2008; 12:38 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. Council  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz   Previous: Looking for a Summer Job--Again?
Next: Council Gives $50 Million to Housing Program

Comments

The Post should not have printed this, if their intent was to support the Mayor, as they always do.

The Mayor has been none too kind to Gray or this council. If Gray were to support this nominee, in the face of the conflict of interest that he clearly represents between the Mayor and his policies and government of the District of Columbia (The Attorney General's one and ONLY client), then he makes himself look not only weak, but more, "for sale".

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | November 18, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

I have a prediction....with the level of crime going up steadily in the city and with Mendelson as the chair of the Safety committee, and if Nickles (who is doing way more for saftey in the city then the chair of the saftey committe) is defeatd....Mendelson will not be re-elected in two yrs. Watch.

Posted by: ccppcsharp | November 18, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Barry just needs an envelope for enlightenment.

Posted by: mdpilot | November 18, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

I have a prediction....with the level of crime going up steadily in the city and with Mendelson as the chair of the Safety committee, and if Nickles (who is doing way more for saftey in the city then the chair of the saftey committe) is defeatd....Mendelson will not be re-elected in two yrs. Watch.


Posted by: ccppcsharp | November 18, 2008 2:55 PM

______________________________________________

You can leave your rose colored glasses on if you like, I will vote again for Mendleson, because he is no "rubber stamp".

If you appreciate the a dictatorial Mayor, so be it, move to Saudi Arabia.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | November 18, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Phil why should Mayor Fenty's Pick be rubberstamped. Its not like he has picked all winners. I am actually counting very few.

Posted by: scrappyc20001 | November 18, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

"with the level of crime going up steadily in the city and with Mendelson as the chair of the Safety committee"

Yeah, because it is the Safety Committee out there committing all the crimes. Not the actual criminals. C'mon. All Nickles has done on that front is come up with traffic stops that mostly catch innocent people pursuing lawful activities.

Posted by: epjd | November 18, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Though it's sort oif a nothing posistion Nickles epitomizes the old downtown DC guard. And what a shocker, it's his cronies--including Adrian "I Can't Make My Own Decisions" Fenty-- vs. the east side of town. Nothing will change in this city until Graham and Evans get voted out. They don't give a hoot about the rest of the city. Term limits now!

Posted by: thadude33 | November 18, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

It looks like he was approved :(

Posted by: philip_s | November 18, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Nickles has foolishly wasted taxpayer money defending this idiotic administrations blatantly unconstitutional legal positions (gun ownership regs), pursued what can at most be seen as a quixotic lawsuit against the largest banking concern in the nation (costing more taxpayer money in addition to the $50 million already stolen under their noses), and the louse doesn't even live within the jurisdiction (his tax dollars are paid to VA).

Reject him without reservation!

Posted by: dipazzo | November 18, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

The comments to this entry are closed.

 
 
RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2010 The Washington Post Company