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Gray Wants His Tickets; Says Fenty Took Them

One month after Opening Day, Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) is renewing his hunt for those missing baseball tickets.

Gray sent Mayor Adrian M. Fenty a letter yesterday asking him to turn over the Council's allotment of tickets.

"You have 67 tickets for your use. The Council has just 19 tickets that are then divided among 13 members," Gray wrote. "Our constituents look forward to the an opportunity to attend games, and many members also give them to non-profits...We look forward to you putting an end to this unnecessary distraction."

Fenty has never publicly admitted he has the Council's tickets, but has said he and his staff would look into the matter.

Gray says the searching has gone on long enough.

"It has now been one month since the Nationals home-opener," Gray wrote. "You have never communicated to us explaining why you chose to take the tickets and then keep them."

Meanwhile, Council member Kwame Brown (D-At large) said today he plans to move ahead with his proposal to auction off both the mayor's and the Council's tickets to raise money for other city services.

--Tim Craig

By Tim Craig  |  May 14, 2009; 2:45 PM ET
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The longer Fenty holds on to those tickets, the more foolish he looks.

Posted by: starclimber9 | May 14, 2009 8:53 PM | Report abuse

PLEASE add the Mayor's house to the auction, since it's vacant more than it’s occupied. And, according to Fenty’s vacuous administration all vacant properties are nuisance; therefore, impose the same $10 per $100 tax rate on the Mayor’s property that he levies on the constituents’ “unoccupied” homes. Councilmember Brown, don’t fret yourself with organizing the event; add the Mayor’s home to the Office of Tax and Revenue upcoming racket of auctioning constituents’ homes who can’t afford Fenty’s predatory property tax heist.

Posted by: dcnatives | May 14, 2009 11:07 PM | Report abuse

Auction these tickets off NOW!!! It is clear that this is going to go on year after year. The Mayor has made what would be a simple issue to resolve a major distraction.

It is as if he is holding the tickets hostage until he gets his legislation and budget approved. It just looks darn bad.

Kwame, I am holding you and the rest of the Council to this. Auction them off. If you need to get tickets from the Nat's for your constituents, solicit them from the team on an 'as-needed' basis. It is a write-off and good pub for them at the ball park.


Posted by: concernedaboutdc | May 15, 2009 7:44 AM | Report abuse

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