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Nickles open to four more years with Fenty

Ann Marimow

Attorney General Peter Nickles took to the airwaves on Mayor Adrian Fenty's behalf Thursday, talking politics, policy and his future with radio host Jonetta Rose-Barras.

In a DC Politics interview on WPFW 89.3 FM, Rose-Barras told the city's top lawyer that there are some residents who will not vote to re-elect Fenty because of Nickles, his strained relations with the council and the view that he is a "cantankerous old man," who is to blame for "a lot that has happened in this administration is bad."

"I don't know if I'm cantankerous," Nickles said, joking about his age, 71. "I'm ready to take it on as long as the mayor wants me to take it on."

Nickles acknowledged that he has long had a cantankerous relationship with former mayor Marion Barry (D-Ward 8).

But Nickles said he has had "very good relations" with council members Jack Evans (D-Ward 2), Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4), David Catania (I-At Large), Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6), Jim Graham (D-Ward 1), and at times, Chairman Vincent Gray.

But, he said, "I have found these other council members - particularly Barry, Michael Brown (I-At Large), Kwame Brown (D-At Large) and Harry Thomas Jr. (D-Ward 5) - completely unwilling to listen. No matter what the issue is, they are instinctively against the mayor."

Nickles went on to say that he has "no political aspirations" when it comes to running for attorney general, if voters decide in November that the city's chief lawyer should be elected.

When asked about his future if Fenty is re-elected, Nickles suggested that his wife would prefer that he not serve another four years. Nickles said it "all depends on (a) whether the mayor wants me and (b) whether my wife is more persuasive than my mayor."

By Ann Marimow  |  June 24, 2010; 5:31 PM ET
Categories:  2010 District Election , Ann E. Marimow , D.C. Council , Mayor Fenty  
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Comments

Nickles is a redneck from Virginia and the day he passes away, I could careless about this monster.

Posted by: Ward4DC | June 24, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Nickles has an ego that knows no boundaries. You can bet your bottom dollar that if Fenty were to be reelected, Nickles would stay on. His wife's reservations - assuming such really exist - don't stand a chance.

I strongly suspect that Nickles's professed ambivalence, as expressed in this interview, is strategic, and stems from the knowledge that he is considered a liability for Fenty among many voters. At this juncture, the Fenty campaign is more than willing to allow folks to believe that another Fenty term does not necessarily mean another Nickles term... whether that is true or not.

Posted by: nan_lynn | June 24, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

You mean another possible four years of predatory practises and huge lawsuits against the District in the making? Forget about it!!!

Posted by: starclimber9 | June 25, 2010 12:09 AM | Report abuse

I supported Fenty and Nickles before they became intoxicated and impaired by the drug of mayoral power. Nickles is clearly the brain behind dismantling the city agency by agency, incident by incident, person by person, all under the power of DC attorney general and mayor. Fenty simply does not possess the acument to strategize alone. Nickles had a great record civil rights record, once a champion of class action lawsuits for people's rights. Fenty, although always inarticulate with the most annoying monotone voice, used to be a man of the people when he was a Ward Four councilperson. Now he is little more than a athletic sham who takes many secret trips.

At present I categorize both as power hungry animalistic mongrels who trample anyone they can and then vindictively pursue them by any means necessary. Thank God I live in Virginia and will not have to pay the toll of these "predatory practices and huge lawsuits," to quote Starclimber9 as he or she put it so eloquently. However, it is tragic our nation's capital and the people have been held hostage by their daily mercenary activities.

No one can argue DC didn't need to be improved. However, with this roughshod reform approach, all of the bastardized improvements that could have taken place legitimately will likely be overshadowed by the millions of dollars that will be paid out in lawsuits and settlements as a result. No one will win. It is a sad day when taxes are constantly increased, even to the point of taxing soft drinks and charging fees for grocery bags, at the very expense of the people the majority of the sitting City Council has failed to protect and serve.

Who is Peter Nickles to label anyone as unwilling to listen when he acts like a person who is unwilling to act as an attorney general for the interests of the city and when he accepts pay to perform as Fenty's personal attorney on a daily basis? If he categorizes certain council members as "completely unwilling to listen" and "categorically against the mayor," he is out of line. As DC attorney general, he is supposed to serve everyone for the common interests of DC. What kind of attorney general would speak and cause a rift among the very people he is supposed to protect and serve under the law and his job description?

Do his statements pose a potential violation of the Hatch Act? Is it an ethics violation? Clearly it is inappropriate and unethical for him to publicly take hits at some council members while supporting others. What is ironic is that the very person who voted present and caused Nickles to be confirmed -- Kwame Brown -- was on his hit list. Perhaps Kwame Brown should have been more than just present. The fact that all four men he describes as "completely unwilling to listen" and "instinctively against the mayor" is akin to calling them angry black men who are hostile and aggressive. That is a charged view at best.

Posted by: southyrndiva | June 25, 2010 6:03 AM | Report abuse

@southyrndiva, excellent points. You hit the nail on the head. I also agree with @starclimber9. Peter Nickles is the brains behind, the brat, Fenty.

Posted by: fivetogo | June 25, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

southyrndiva well thought out response. All kidding aside, we cannot stand another 4 years from Fenty or Nickles. I was pro Fenty, now I am just embarrased.

Posted by: wkitout | June 25, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Eloquently put southyrndiva!!! Fenty and Nickles should both be investigated for all of their violations - each and every one of them. I'd be front and center to learn the story behind what has hindered such investigations to-date. Someone PLEASE report on that story - it might win you the Nobel Peace Prize for bringing DC residents some level (hell, we're desperate for any level at this point) of freedom from these animals!

And to take cheap shots at certain council members is just low and pathetic - completely unprofessional and unacceptable. Further, could he have had enough respect to name all the council? What about Cheh, Alexander, Mendelson...? I am so disgusted with this administration. Really!!!

And, considering the ego of this jerk, he could care less what his wife thinks or how she feels...and so could Fenty. It's truly sad that these self-endulging, arrogant, egotisitcal jerks have run this city taking prisoners and prepare to continue war on all DC-government employees who haven't joined their forces to-date.

Posted by: bodymagicbykim | June 25, 2010 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Someone needs to file a Hatch Act complaint against Nickles. He has clearly violated the law. www.osc.gov to file the complaint or print out a copy and then file. All you have to do is copy and these Post articles and attach. Violating the Hatch Act means you are removed from office.

Posted by: DCJUSTICE | June 28, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

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