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Economic development at play in the council chairman's race

With the rumbling of Metro as a backdrop, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty broke ground Tuesday morning on a mixed-use development at the Rhode Island Avenue-Brentwood station that is expected to bring new life to a gritty stretch of Ward 5.

But there were politics at play as well beneath the hard hats and shovels. Sitting in the front row of the audience was former Ward 5 council member Vincent Orange, who is running for the council's top job.

His successor, Harry Thomas Jr. (D-Ward 5), praised Orange for his role in developing the shopping center next door that is anchored by Home Depot and Giant. He also gave a nod to Orange's rival, council member Kwame Brown (D-At Large).

"Without Kwame, we would not be here," said Thomas, who has endorsed Brown in the council chairman's race.

Brown, who leads the council's economic development committee, was participating in a council meeting and did not attend Tuesday's ceremony.

By Ann Marimow  |  May 18, 2010; 1:01 PM ET
Categories:  2010 District Election , Ann E. Marimow , D.C. Council , Economic Development  
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I agree wholeheartedly with CM Harry Thomas, Jr. CM Kwame Brown deserves a great deal of the credit for bringing this project (and others) to fruition.

Posted by: DCbred | May 18, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

C-O-S-I-G-N dcbred!

Posted by: thelildiva4u | May 18, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Vincent Orange is light years ahead of Councilmembers Brown and Thomas when it comes to economic development in Ward 5.
You would not have a Home Depot or Giant on Brentood Road, NE, if it had not been for the leadership of former Councilmember Vincent Orange. Also, there would not be a McKinley Tech Technology School had he not put in place the foundation for Councilmbers Brown and Thomas to stand on now. Welcome to the 21st century Councilmembers.

Posted by: bill121 | May 18, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

CalvinGurley wrote:
Yikes...lets be more truthful.

Mayor Anthony Williams cut the deal and made Home Depot happen at Rhode Island Ave.N.E.

What Side-Show Bob is light years ahead of is making the average working person and little people pay. Whether it’s in our higher Pepco bills, or the small business owners who are too small to invest in, or the legal construction workers who wouldn’t receive fair wages because they belong to a union.

This whole he is smarter argument is getting really old. He’s not smarter. He just a self serving washed up political whose time has passed. We were sooooo happy to see him leave office in Ward 5.

Now to be fair Side show bob did do some good, but that isn't enough to say he deserves to be head of the council.

Posted by: thelildiva4u | May 19, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

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