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Council gives preliminary nod to elected attorney general plan

The D.C. Council unanimously approved a proposal Tuesday for voters to select the city attorney instead of allowing the mayor to fill the position.

But the decision, which still must reaffirmed with a second vote later this month, does not mean there will be an elected attorney general anytime soon. For the change to be implemented, Congress would have to amend the city's Home Rule charter.

Until then, the bill would also require that attorneys general serve a four-year term upon being appointed by the mayor and by a D.C. Bar member in good standing for at least seven years, with some exceptions.

Before the vote, council members engaged in a lengthy debate about ramifications of their decision.

Council member Phil Mendelson (D-At large), the sponsor of the bill, stressed the legislation was not aimed at undermining the current attorney general, Peter Nickles.

Mendelson noted that 43 states elect their attorney generals.

"This legislation clarifies the law, that the attorney general serves the public interests," Mendelson said.

But it was clear during the debate that Nickles, a close ally of Fenty who has frequently sparred with the council, was helping to drive the issue.

Council member Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3), who frequently clashes with Nickles, said taxpayers need an attorney general who is independent of the mayor.

"The attorney general should not be the attorney for the mayor, the mayor already has an attorney, it's called counselor to the mayor," Cheh said. "This will make it plain, which is already in the law but has not been followed in recent years, that the attorney general represents us, represents the people of the District of Columbia."

Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2), an ally of the mayor, also supported Mendelson's bill even he voted against it in a committee vote last month.

But Evans questioned the need for the change.

"One of my concerns is that by electing an attorney general, we may not get the top quality person in the job that we want," Evans said.

-- Tim Craig

By Anne Bartlett  |  January 5, 2010; 2:19 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. Council , Mayor Fenty , Tim Craig  
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Comments

Evans! LMAO Is that comparable to not getting the top quality person on the council that we want? The citizens took a chance on this sorry lot so why not take a chance on an AG? It can't get any worse than the nut job we have now.

Posted by: candycane1 | January 5, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Councilmember Mendelson For Leading Us In The Right Direction. This Is One Step Closer To Doing Away With The Bad Bureaucrats Of Washington Dc And The Co Conspirators Of The Mayor. Keep Up The Good Work To All The Council Members Who Supported This Legislation.

Boo!!! For Jack Evans Is His Seat At Large. Hopefully We'll Get Him Out The Door Along With The Mayor And Pete Nickles... Jack You Are Such A Butt Boy To The Mayor.

We At Www.publicsafetyworkers.com Understands How This Will Affect The Way The City Handles It Employee Appeals Cases Handled By Oea.

Posted by: pSWdOtCom | January 5, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Councilmember Mendelson For Leading Us In The Right Direction. This Is One Step Closer To Doing Away With The Bad Bureaucrats Of Washington Dc And The Co Conspirators Of The Mayor. Keep Up The Good Work To All The Council Members Who Supported This Legislation.

Boo!!! For Jack Evans Is His Seat At Large. Hopefully We'll Get Him Out The Door Along With The Mayor And Pete Nickles... Jack You Are Such A Butt Boy To The Mayor.

We At www.publicsafetyworkers.com Understands How This Will Affect The Way The City Handles It Employee Appeals Cases Handled By Oea.

Posted by: pSWdOtCom | January 5, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Councilmember Mendelson For Leading Us In The Right Direction. This Is One Step Closer To Doing Away With The Bad Bureaucrats Of Washington Dc And The Co Conspirators Of The Mayor. Keep Up The Good Work To All The Council Members Who Supported This Legislation.

Boo!!! For Jack Evans Is His Seat At Large. Hopefully We'll Get Him Out The Door Along With The Mayor And Pete Nickles... Jack You Are Such A Butt Boy To The Mayor.

We At www.publicsafetyworkers.com Understands How This Will Affect The Way The City Handles It Employee Appeals Cases Handled By Oea.

Posted by: pSWdOtCom | January 5, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

pSWdOtCom: I have to agree with you on the kudos to Mendelson. He is the "only" sitting member of the council that voted against the mayoral takeover. He also led the fight against confirming Nickles.

Posted by: candycane1 | January 6, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

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