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Council targets Fenty's pal Skinner in parks probe

The Council made it crystal clear today that they do not take kindly to those who "thumb their noses" at the government. In this case, the absence of one of their star witnesses -- Sinclair Skinner -- in the ongoing probe into the mayor's parks and recreation contracts.

The council had subpoenaed Skinner, Fenty's friend and former paid campaign worker, who was a subcontractor on the project. But Skinner did not show up.

So council members backed a resolution today to seek help from the courts to compel Skinner to testify, and said they would also try to have him banned from doing business with the city until he does.

Council member Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3) suggested that Skinner is "quite cozy" with people in the mayor's office, "yet when it comes time to answer to the public about his behavior, he thumbs his nose at the council. ... We can insist on his participation."

Skinner's attorney, A. Scott Bolden, has told the Post that Skinner never was served a subpoena. Bolden has called the council's investigation "unnecessary and irrelevant."

By Ann Marimow  |  February 2, 2010; 2:37 PM ET
Categories:  Ann E. Marimow , D.C. Council , Mayor Fenty  
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What do you expect from him if he is friends with Fenty.

Posted by: shadon1 | February 2, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Scott Bolden certainly has an intimate understanding of "unnecessary and irrelevant."

I'll never forget when he was Chair of the DC State Committee and touted blaringly that all the 04 presidential primary candidates would be at the Kennedy/King Dinnner - and indeed they had all promised to be there except for Howard Dean who had the good grace to refuse the invitation due to a prior commitment - but Terry McAuliffe showed up strutting like the cock of the walk so there would be no misunderstanding on Scott's part as to whose @$#^% was up his ^%$@# !
Ah, the good old days!

Posted by: SoCali | February 2, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Incredible! You can actually be a contractor being paid with District money and thumb your nose at the DC Council. We know AG Nickles isn't going to do anything. He doesn't see anything wrong as long as they are FOF (Friends of Fenty).

Posted by: Jimof1913 | February 2, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

As a native "older" and "entrenched"
African American Washingtonian, according to fly boy William Lightfoot, and also a Native American and DC homeowner, who will not leave or be forced out of the District of Columbia or my home and neighborhood under any circumstances, I am more than happy to inform William Lightfoot, Ben Soto, Adrian Fenty, Michelle Rhee, The Washington Post, New York Times, Charlie Rose Show, Time Magazine, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, LA,CA's Charles King, Terrence Howard, J.J. Abrams, Katie McGrath, James Lassiter, Miguel Melendez, Eli and Edythe Broad, Phil Ivey, and whomever else needs to be informed that African American, White, Hispanic, and all other District of Columbia residents will be the ones to decide and vote into office this city's next mayor. If the rich and powerful in DC, MD, DE, NJ, NYC, CA, or Saudi Arabia for that matter want to throw money into Fenty's coffers, have at it. Let every rich non-DC and DC resident that wishes to do so empty out their bank accounts and Washington Post reporters and editorialists keep writing "Oh What A Wonderful World of Fenty DC" articles. None of this will mean a hill of beans in the end come September 14, 2010. Bottom line, District of Columbia residents will decide whether they actually want and can be bought by Fenty's money to make this town exclusively home of the rich and famous. All DC residents be sure to stand up and make your voices heard loud and clear at the ballot box in September. In the meantime, for a breath of fresh air, please seriously look at and consider
DC 2010 Mayoral Candidate Leo Alexander. Visit Leo Alexander's website at www.leoalexanderformayor.com and do read his position on major issues of importance to all DC residents. Peace!

Posted by: debra21756JCG | February 3, 2010 12:00 AM | Report abuse

who the heck is Leo Alexander? I just moved here 4 years ago and won't be buying into the native Washingtonian BS, That's insulting.

Posted by: billthrice | February 3, 2010 8:06 AM | Report abuse

CHECK OUT BARRIS COLUMN ON RACE IN THE EXAMINER TODAY.

YOUNG AFRICAN AMERICAN MOVING TO THE CITY WANT TO BE LIKE FENTY. THEY WANT TO BE LIKE THIR PARENTS AND OBAMA.

IF YOU JUST MOVED TO THIS CITY AND IS WHITE OR BLACK FENTY IS DOING A GOOD JOB. BUT IF BEEN HERE FOR A WHILE (AND THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH LIVING IN DC. TELL BARRIS...THE POWER SHIFT IS WHAT GOT HER ASS KICKED OFF KOJO KNAMDI SHOW. SHE WAS BETTER THAN ALL OF THEM. EVEN KOJO. SHE WAS THE ONLY ONE NOT BOUGHT AND PAID FOR . SPOKE HER MIND)

SOMEBODY TELL HER. HOW SHE CAN NOT UNDERSTAND, AND CONTINUES TO WRITE THESE BOGUS COLUMS NOW. eveybody needs a job.

SOMEBODY TELL BARRIS THAT SHE IS THE BEST WASHINGTON JOURNALSIM REPRESENTS, PLEASE DON'T SELL OUT.

WE ARE HEADED TOWARDS A BUDGET DEFICIT . A RESULT OF POOR MANAGEMENT, LACK OF REPECT FOR THE RULES AND LAWS.

SCANDALS, CHECK OUT SCHOOLS PROCUREMENT SECTION ON THEIR WEBSITE. $200,000. FOR WEB DESIGN.

Posted by: gordonbundy | February 3, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

While they're checking the DPR contracts ,the Council should also check the work that Mr. Skinner's Liberty Engineering and Design is performing for DDOT in Construction Engineering & Management Services and Geotechnical Investigations & Studies on the DDOT Architectural and Engineering Services Schedule.........

Posted by: contrarian4 | February 3, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

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