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Brown wants Nickles to apologize to Cheh

Did D.C. Attorney General Peter Nickles take his political battle with the D.C. Council a bit too far when he referred to council member Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3) as an "angry woman?"

Council member Kwame R. Brown (D-At Large) thinks so. Brown, a potential candidate for mayor next year, issued a statement this morning demanding that Nickles publicly apologize to Cheh.

"This is just another example of how the Attorney General has stepped over the line and stooped to the lowest levels," Brown said. "Council member Cheh is a respected lawyer and professor whose opinion about the law I have the utmost respect."

Nickles made his comments in response to Cheh's assertion that Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) was overseeing an "almost lawless administration."

Nickles was unavailable to comment this morning. But his staff said he probably would have something to say about Brown's statement later today.

By Tim Craig  |  October 26, 2009; 12:06 PM ET
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I apologize for being an early Fenty supporter. I won't make that mistake again.

Posted by: VIPaar | October 26, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

What does Cheh's gender have to do with the fact that she may have been angry.

The District's Attorney General, on top as being an affront to sound legal principles, is also sexist.

That should serve the Mayor well with our female residents in his re-election bid.

The Mayor needs to muzzle this pip-squeak.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | October 26, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Nickles is behaving like someone who has lost his rational way.

No one in his right mind would make such a sexist, wrong-headed comment about any person, especially a colleague, another member of the Bar.
Not anyone living in the here and now.

Sounds like the man is up against the ropes and is punching wildly hoping something will land for a TKO.

What a silly little man.

Posted by: 2belinda | October 26, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

I would prefer that you not waste time getting that pompous a$$ to apologize. I would prefer that you use the law to make him sorry and the citizens whole. I would prefer that you go to the out of touch 5 and convince them that legislation needs to be created to stop this racketeering, which includes bringing in the IG and the FBI.

Who knows? She might announce! Wouldn't that be interesting?

Posted by: candycane1 | October 26, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Now it's Kwame to the rescue to save the day. Stepping up to the plate with Nickles is a day late and a dollar short, "Mr. Present". Cheh can handle herself. She voted no for Nickles when you couldn't.

Posted by: candycane1 | October 26, 2009 2:06 PM | Report abuse

candycane1: yes Cheh can - she is more than able to defend self. She was on Fox-5 early this AM.

The best revenge is success and I am looking for success to any official willing to enforce the laws of DC and bring to justice any who have betrayed the public trust by engaging in criminal acts.

Who knew what and who did what and when. I want justice for the taxpayers of the District of Columbia. Apologies can be given at sentencing hearings.

Posted by: 2belinda | October 26, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse


You're right on the money. Now Kwane trying to step's a little to late for that now,,,,My family and I will not be voting for Kwane Brown in 2010,,,,,,

Posted by: dcynnep | October 26, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

From $400 million to $80 million for CBEs under Kwame Brown's watch as Chairman of Economic Development Committee. Please don't crowd the mayor's campaign with finger pointing at Nickles. He will self distruct in time. Running for what? Mayor who?

Did anyone say convention center?

Posted by: gordonbundy | October 26, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Councilwoman Cheh is "an angry woman?" In Peter Nickels own words, BALONEY!

He spoke in a characteristically rude, sexist way. However, if she is angry she has every right to be at the arrogance, hostility, lack of morals and ethics, lawlessness, corruption, collusion, bribery, intimidation, blackmail, coercion, illegal contract steering,racketeering, illegal hiring and firing practices, perjury, lying, cowardice, thieving, bullying, race and age discrimination and ridiculous posturing that has been going on throughout the FENTY administration with all of his key people who function as if they are his minions and imps.

Why has no one at the federal level done anything as this situation continues to implode? This is our nation's capital and change needs to come in some form other than Fenty. It should have been long ago!!

Posted by: southyrndiva | October 26, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

And technically if apologies are being given, Councilman K. Brown is due one since Nickles took it upon himself to say that what happened to Hartsock was racist and sexist. So Councilwoman Cheh couldn't be the victim of anything sexist? Double standards at their best with different treatment for Hartsock and Cheh and double standards on racism by feeling Hartsock is such a victim while publicly accusing a Black city councilman of being racist because he voted the way he did. I believe both statements were highly inappropriate for any attorney, particularly an attorney general. Wow ... each day DC amazes even more.

Posted by: southyrndiva | October 26, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

I know one night she wasn't angry. That was the night she was just smart. She voted no to Nickles with a strong argument to support her decision. She was not only smart about it, she was right.

Posted by: candycane1 | October 26, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Hey everybody: Check out city paper. Crazy Pete is at it again. He has declared that the law was not broken. Why? That applies to future contracts, not those already awarded. Retroactivity of the law is not favored in court. Talk about insane!

Posted by: candycane1 | October 26, 2009 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Fenty and Nickles. What a pair. Like Snyder and Cerrato. Except that there's a lot more at stake here.

Posted by: lydgate | October 26, 2009 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Mary Cheh is tough enough to handle tricky
Peter Nickles. I see crooked Kwame Brown wants to help some one without getting paid. I see Kwame is coming to the rescue of Cheh because he thinks the Ward-3 voters will cast a vote for dreamy Kwame Brown ( Mayor 2010 what a joke)!!!! I wish Kwame Brown would apologize to the suffering DC contractors and businesses that he has let outer state companies come to DC and take opportunities away from DC firms. Apologize about that Kwame( NO SPINE ) Brown.

Posted by: dcminorityreport | October 26, 2009 6:43 PM | Report abuse

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