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Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 02/ 8/2011

Council candidate Joshua Lopez blasts Gray on spending, GOP's city funding cuts

By Tim Craig

Joshua Lopez is emerging as the first candidate in the race for an at-large D.C. Council seat to come out swinging against Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D), saying that the mayor for not doing enough to control city spending or fight the Republicans on Capitol Hill.

Lopez, who served as a campaign aide to former Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D), issued a statement Monday referring to a recent report that Gray did not confront House Speaker John Boehner (R) in a recent meeting over a GOP proposal to reduce funding for the city.

"It amazes me that a man who on the campaign trail said he would be willing to go to jail for D.C. statehood lacks the fortitude to confront Boehner on a policy that essentially increases the level of injustice behind taxation without representation," Lopez said.

Lopez, 26, is widely viewed as a second-tier contender in the April 26 special election. Interim member Sekou Biddle is running to permanently fill the seat left vacant when Kwame Brown (D) was elected council chairman. More than a dozen candidates could challenge Biddle, including Republican Patrick Mara, former council member Vincent C. Orange (D) and Ward 1 Democratic activist Bryan Weaver.

With so many candidates in the race, many observers believe there is room for a Democratic candidate willing to take on Brown and Gray, who have both endorsed Biddle. Lopez believes he's well suited to position himself as that candidate, highlighting his ties to Fenty. Last year, Lopez headed up the campaign to get voters to write in Fenty's name on their general election ballots.

Lopez, who held his campaign kickoff tonight, is hoping voters will be uneasy about electing another member of the council with ties to the current Democratic establishment. To help him drive that message, he is calling on council members to reduce their pay by 15 percent and change their status to full time from part time.

"Taxpayers are struggling to put food on the table right now," Lopez said. "Meanwhile, city council members, who work part-time and presided over most of the policies that led to the city's debt, are making large sums of money."

In other campaign news, Democratic National Committeewoman Deborah Royster resigned Monday as the chairwoman of Biddle's campaign. In January, Royster helped Biddle secure the interim appointment to the council after the D.C. Democratic State Committee selected him over Orange.

In an interview, Royster said she still supports Biddle but believes it's time for someone else to head up the campaign for the April 26 election.

"I'm very pleased I was able to help Sekou secure the appointment," Royster said. "That was my objective, and I accomplished that."

By Tim Craig  | February 8, 2011; 11:14 AM ET
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I know very little about Lopez but the fact that he supports Fenty and served as a campaign aide speaks volumes.

Lopez says, "Taxpayers are struggling to put food on the table right now..." yet under Fenty's regime, poverty in DC skyrocketed while developers got lucrative deals.

Then Lopez goes on to say, "Meanwhile, city council members, who work part-time and presided over most of the policies that led to the city's debt, are making large sums of money." This is true but his buddy Fenty went on a spending spree as Mayor, pissing away our surplus just to show everyone how he can get things done.

Fenty made a whole bunch of poor financial decisions that Lopez needs to acknowledge. And yes I agree, let's cut the council members salaries!

Posted by: letsbereal2 | February 8, 2011 12:38 PM | Report abuse

I am going to echo the above comment. Adrian Fenty and his team have to be among the worst stewards of DC taxypayer money in the history of the city.

Fenty's team consistently spent down the reserves, consistently hid money from the City Council and otherwise seemed to run a budget that bordered on the corrupt.

I am glad Mr. Lopez is embracing the Team Fenty mentality. It will only bite him in the rear as he learns more about how poorly his boy Adrian administered the city.

Posted by: LukasWP | February 8, 2011 1:03 PM | Report abuse

"Lopez, who served as a campaign aide to former Mayor Adrian M. Fenty..." is criticizing Vincent Gray, who has been in office less than 2 months, on spending? Tim Craig, you couldn't have written this keeping a straight face.

Let's retrace the facts. Adrian M. Fenty inherited a 1 billion dollar surplus from Former-Mayor Anthony Williams. In less than 4 years, he dwindled this down, through recessionary spending on luxury pet projects and kickbacks to friends and frat brothers (like Josh Lopez) to a deficit predicted to rise to 600k by 2012.

Josh Lopez' campaign is funded by the same kickback friends and cronies of Adrian Fenty.

Josh Lopez is the redux of all that was worst about Adrian Fenty. He attempted to sneak into the DC government, through a kickback appointment (outside of competition) by Adrian Fenty after he lost the primary only to leave when the press found out and made it public.

One would be an absolute fool to waste a vote on this wanna-be Fenty parasite.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | February 8, 2011 1:17 PM | Report abuse


Did he use his bullhorn?

Like he did here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewL0-ubE-bI

Posted by: tcs1999 | February 8, 2011 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Does the Fenty administration have a credit left on their Washington Post PR gift card? Is this the reason why a “second tier” candidate such as Lopez continues to get stories written in DC wire?

Geeeze. Let it go washpo…just let it go!

Posted by: thelildiva4u | February 8, 2011 4:22 PM | Report abuse

@tcs1999: Isn't this the guy that got the beat down at one of the town hall meetings? He is a bizarre character.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | February 8, 2011 4:43 PM | Report abuse

tcs1999,
Thank you for the you tube link. How embarrassing!

Posted by: letsbereal2 | February 8, 2011 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Concerned:

Not sure he was "beat down" at the one where police had to respond to his actions, but if you say so...

He was spotted at several town halls, including inside a church - where he wore a baseball hat. Classy kid, eh?

Posted by: tcs1999 | February 8, 2011 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Joshua Lopez has proved to have more backbone and character than the others.

He is young and maybe inexperienced but he was loyal to Fenty and didn't give up on him when everyone else did. He will have the guts to say no when needed and he seems confident enough to not have to make alliances with worms like Thomas and Barry.

We are lucky this kid is running.

Posted by: haters | February 8, 2011 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Let's not white wash the facts:

Fenty gave up on Fenty after he lost fair and square.

What ensued thereafter was a publicity stunt by a narcissitic Lopez to self-promote himself through the veneer of a charade write-in, and even his volunteers were misled into partaking.

I pray for them, that they may see the truth.

Can I get an amen?

Posted by: tcs1999 | February 8, 2011 11:29 PM | Report abuse

@haters: Nice try Joshua, but no cigar.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | February 9, 2011 7:54 AM | Report abuse

These kind of pronouncements and statements again show why Josh Lopez isn't ready for primetime. He is fairly young and will need to do some real work before anyone elects him to office.

Fighting the Fenty campaign again is a waste of Josh's time and everyone elses. Josh is not running for Mayor he is running for Council so let's hear from him what he will do on the Council. What bills will he introduce, what committee does he want to be on, what impact does he think he can have?

As it happens Mayor Gray has had nearly as many meetings on the Hill and one substantial one with the President in the few weeks that he has been Mayor as Fenty had in four years.

It is also the case that the Mayor has yet to submit his budget to the Council so it is hard to tell whether he is doing enough to balance the budget.

I would like to hear from Josh and all the candidates who say the budget has to be cut what they want to cut. Not the pablum about too many Deputy Mayors etc. Even if you got rid of all the Deputy Mayors you would save maybe $1 million out of the potentially $500 million we will have to cut from the budget or raise taxes to pay for.

Like the Republicans on the Hill it is easy fro some of our candidates to say cut when talking in the abstract. It is much harder to do when you have to wield that scalpel which the Mayor and the Council will have to do and present the results to the citizens of the District.


Posted by: peterdc | February 9, 2011 1:41 PM | Report abuse

I think it is the Washington Post who can't get over the loss of Fenty, they are gasping at any straws they can.

Posted by: tacard1 | February 9, 2011 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Amen tcs1999! Thanks Peterdc...I think that your suggestion is great. What does Joshy propose to cut?

Posted by: thelildiva4u | February 9, 2011 4:28 PM | Report abuse

OMG!!! all of you are so full of it!!

You are worried about qualifications????
Marion Barry, Harry Thomas and Ivette Alexander sound qualified to you??

For god sakes people get a grip!

Posted by: DCWard5 | February 9, 2011 10:48 PM | Report abuse

OMG!!! all of you are so full of it!!

You are worried about qualifications????
Marion Barry, Harry Thomas and Ivette Alexander sound qualified to you??

For god sakes people get a grip!

Posted by: DCWard5 | February 9, 2011 10:48 PM | Report abuse

OMG!!! all of you are so full of it!!

You are worried about qualifications????
Marion Barry, Harry Thomas and Ivette Alexander sound qualified to you??

For god sakes people get a grip!

Posted by: DCWard5 | February 9, 2011 10:51 PM | Report abuse

OMG!!! all of you are so full of it!!

You are worried about qualifications????
Marion Barry, Harry Thomas and Ivette Alexander sound qualified to you??

For god sakes people get a grip!

Posted by: DCWard5 | February 9, 2011 10:58 PM | Report abuse

DCWard5 you are aware that Barry was a couple of credits away from a PHD and was in SNCC and was on the school board before he came to the council. Look if you work for Josh fine...but provide some examples on why he deserves to be on the council? What does he plan to cut?

Posted by: thelildiva4u | February 10, 2011 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Josh Lopez is vile scum to say the least.

I am in complete shock that this guy has the audacity to run for public office. Apparently he doesn't realize how he publicly disgraced himself with his reprehensible behavior during the entire Fenty re-election campaign. Lopez has proven himself to be an individual that lacks character, integrity and basic respect for others.

For those who did not experience the displeasure of seeing Lopez in action, let me be the first to share with you some important details.

This guy who Fenty hired as his Ward 4 coordinator was nearly arrested 3 times during the campaign for disorderly conduct at campaign events. He was verbally abusive, regularly using the word "B**ch" and racially derogatory slurs to address older black women and men. He used a bull horn to disrupt a public press conference held by Mayor Vincent Gray and Barbara Lang at 441 4th Street. Police actually had to escort him off of the property.

He famously disregarded the Board of Elections rules and regulations by using Fenty campaign material during the FAILED write in effort. This genius actually decided to cut the required campaign treasurer information off of the bottom of Fenty campaign signs and then turn them inside out. He is now scratching his head as to why he has been fined $18,500.00 by the Board of Elections for his rules violations.

And this person actually believes that he should be elected to public office. What a joke!!!

Reading through these comments and seeing that most people have nothing positive to say about him is a testament to who he is as an individual. The guy is so out of touch with reality it's pathetic.

Fenty was so fiscally irresponsible that this city is nearly broke in just 4 YEARS!!!!!!! Meanwhile all of his cronies were made instant millionaires. Some of which were the first to write contribution checks to Lopez's laughable campaign.

Well, this should be very interesting to watch as reality sets in that he has absolutely ZERO chance of being elected. I'm sure we'll see the true Lopez come out with a bull horn, eyes bloodshot red, reeking of alcohol and disrespecting everyone in sight.

Loser!

Posted by: RealTalkDC | February 10, 2011 1:26 PM | Report abuse

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