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Nickles and Gray Meet About Tickets

Attorney General Peter J. Nickles, the mayor's troubleshooter, said he met with Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) last night and one of the topics was, of course, tickets to the Washington Nationals' baseball games.

The council is again wrestling with Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) over tickets to a suite. Nickles swooped in last year and resolved the stalemate. So last night's meeting appeared to kick off the new round of negotiations.

Will the council get tickets to tonight's game against the Phillies?

"I'm doing all I can," Nickles said.

Then, Nickles quipped, "It'll probably get rained out."

By Nikita R Stewart  |  April 15, 2009; 12:54 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. Council  
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The Mayor and Council should fight it out in a boxing ring.

The loser gets the tickets.

Posted by: IHeartDC | April 15, 2009 5:05 PM | Report abuse

It's pretty sad that Gray is having trouble scoring free tickets to a weeknight Nats game. I guess he has no friends?

Posted by: Southeasterner | April 16, 2009 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Just a reminder, Vince Gray and councilmembers rarely use the baseball suite tickets.

Last summer, I rarely ever saw any councilmembers at any games in the suites.

I did however (here and there) have conversations with DC public schools youth, employees of nonprofit organizations and a couple of residents from the Mitch Snyder shelter that told me such and such councilmember gave them tickets.

Unfortunately, more of my conversations were with people who told me that they got tickets because "my uncle went to school with the mayor" or "my cousin that works for the mayor gave them to me."

Posted by: bullpen2010 | April 16, 2009 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Does it bother anyone just a little bit that the Mayor is playing this girly game with baseball tickets during an economic recession.

He and only he could have kept this from becoming an issue by giving the council their normal distribution of tickets. They, too, were elected to office. They, too, have constituents to please.

Instead, Fenty, with a false sense of bestowed royalty smugly withholds the tickets to dole them out among his favored subjects.

This mayor has watched one too many episodes of The Tudors, he seems to think he is King Henry VIII. However, we all know King Henry was a ladies man, and the Mayor, well, I'll let you do the math.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | April 16, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse

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