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Mayor Withdraws Nomination of Lee to Head PSC

UPDATE: 7:40 Mayor Adrian M. Fenty just released the following statement:

The Administration is pleased to announce that current Public Service Commission member Betty Ann Kane has been nominated to serve as Chair of the PSC and long time regulatory lawyer and District resident Lori Lee has been submitted to council as a member only.

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D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) has withdrawn family friend Lori M. Lee from consideration to head the Public Service Commission after citizens complained that she is not qualified for the nearly $150,000 position.

Though she has worked as an attorney in the Justice Department, she has no experience in public utilities.

Lee is a close friend of Michelle Fenty, the mayor's wife, and a cousin of the wife of the mayor's brother.

Fenty's brief letter to Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) simply says he is withdrawing the nomination. It is time-stamped Feb. 11.

Council member Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3) previously headed the council committee that oversaw Lee's nomination and refused to move the resolution to the full legislative body after Fenty submitted the proposal in June.

Last month, a new legislative period began, and Council member Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4), a political ally of Fenty, became chairman of the Committee on Public Services and Consumer Affairs.

The scuttlebutt among some council members is that the mayor is withdrawing the nomination of Lee to head the commission but that he would still try to nominate her as a member.

Bowser said concerns about Lee's lack of experience are countered by her legal skills.

"She brings legal expertise to bear on serious issues that come before the commission," the councilmember continued.

By Nikita R Stewart  |  February 12, 2009; 6:05 PM ET
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Comments

Typical Bowser comment...she herself can't stand on a record of public service to the constituents she represented as an ANC, so it seems fitting that she'd support a Fenty protege being foisted onto the citizens.

Posted by: logosdesigns | February 13, 2009 8:03 AM | Report abuse

Muriel Bowser, what do you plan to do with yourself when Fenty is (God willing) NOT reelected???

Will you then actually serve and represent the residents of Ward 4 and not the special interests of Adrian Fenty?

Posted by: TheMadnessShop | February 13, 2009 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Bowser is so incredibly in the hip pocket of the Mayor.

She is either incapable formulating her own political roadmap or just plain incompetant.

However, to her defense, Ward 4 elected her, to their own demise.

Instead of just shutting up and letting her rubber stamp do the talking for her, she has to put voice to her actions, leaving for all to see her nose dirtied by the Mayor's dung.

How sad.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | February 13, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

I live in Ward4 and I damn sure didn't vote for her. She's elitist and ineffectual.

Posted by: logosdesigns | February 13, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Muriel Bowser, Lori Lee ... sound a lot alike in terms of having jobs they're not qualified for. Clearly when you consider the current regime there are many others who need to be looked at as well. Could they be family members of his wife too? Could they be "close to the family" too? Looking at the current administration and the state of our nation's capitol, something is very wrong. Sounds like time to look at everyone.

Posted by: southyrndiva | February 14, 2009 6:02 PM | Report abuse

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