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Posted at 1:05 PM ET, 02/28/2011

Fenty friend Skinner takes aim at D.C. Council, Graham

By Tim Craig

Sinclair Skinner, one of former mayor Adrian M. Fenty's friends at the center of the investigation into parks and recreation contracts handed out under the previous administration, issued a biting statement Monday accusing District government leaders of being "synonymous with corruption, scandal and mismanagement."

In a an open letter to "fellow Washingtonians," Skinner takes aim at council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1), and his former chief of staff, Ted G. Loza, who pleaded guilty Feb. 18 to charges of accepting an illegal gratuity from leaders of the city's taxicab industry.

Skinner implies that the media should be more focused on Graham's potential involvement in the matter. Graham has never been accused of wrongdoing in the Loza scandal, which federal prosecutors have spent more than two years investigating.

But Skinner is calling for a criminal probe of Graham.

"If ending the age of corruption in D.C. is something we want to be serious about, we must look into this situation thoroughly," wrote Skinner, who council members have accused of being uncooperative in their investigation into parks and recreation contracts. "The 24-hour news cycle has disregarded an issue that could be detrimental to curing the dysfunction of (the) city council."

Skinner continues, "Wake up ... we can do better D.C."

"Cash for policy is a slap in the face of the democratic process, and every citizen deserves to know the truth behind this story."

Graham declined comment.

"I don't want to dignify this outlandish statement with a comment," Graham said.

It's unclear why Skinner, through a spokesman, decided to go public today with his harsh assessment of Graham and the current state of the political process.

At the council's request, attorney Robert P. Trout is continuing an outside probe of the contracts issued by the Fenty administration to Banneker Ventures, a firm owned by Fenty friend and fraternity brother Omar Karim. Skinner was a subcontractor on that deal.

Skinner was not immediately available to comment, but his spokesman, Frederick Butler, said his boss decided to go public with his concerns because he "was tired of the bickering"

In 2005, Skinner and Graham got into a dispute over Graham's push to revoke the liquor license for Club U in the Reeves Municipal Center after a spate of violence. Skinner was also linked to posters depicting Graham as ''Grahamzilla," which were widely condemned for their racial overtones.

But Butler said Skinner's open letter is "nothing personal."

"Everything on this end is coming to a close and the food fight that happened last week with (D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown) and Mayor Gray, we feel like that is a red herring to what is really going on here, corruption in the government," Butler said.

By Tim Craig  | February 28, 2011; 1:05 PM ET
Categories:  City Life, D.C. Council, Jim Graham, Mayor Fenty, Tim Craig, Vincent C. Gray  
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@ DrCliffThomas

They might as well bring back the Whites. Your peeps diffinately don't know how to act. To busy trying to look important with their big salaries, luxury cars, big homes (with no furniture) in it by the way. Then on top of that they still claim that racism still exists and start yelling and crying whenever someone uses the N-word. I'm sorry but the Whites are now the majority and if it wasn't for your beloved Al Sharpton being an ambulance chaser during the isolated times someone says something inappropriate about the Blacks you wouldn't have a problem with racism. Its your peeps that keeps the issue in the media. Maybe if your peeps weren't standing on the street corner holding themselves and walking around like their a pimp maybe your peeps wouldn't have the stereo-type that exists. BTW,please tell me what african american in today's society was affected by slavery. The answer is none. It affected your relatives not you. Each and everyone of you had the same opportunity as every other race in america(so get over it). Back to the city council and the mayor; all of them are a bunch of crooks. I work my @ss off to get the small amount of money I get. I would love to get the big salary that these criminals and friends of the criminals receive. I do hope the Federal Government takes over. I hope each of these BAMAs get investigated. Until next time, I'm out. For DrCliffThomas: Right on my brother! Give me some skin! Can you dig it!

Posted by: GovInformant | February 28, 2011 4:14 PM | Report abuse

I guess there is no need for white robs and hoods anymore.

Posted by: thelildiva4u | February 28, 2011 5:21 PM | Report abuse

This soap opera is getting more attention in the news than CBS's Charlie Sheen. We are living in perilous times and politicians (Republicans & Democrats) are continuing to 'PIMP' the people.

Posted by: DaddyGraceFishSandwich | February 28, 2011 5:21 PM | Report abuse

thelildiva4u wrote: "I guess there is no need for white robs and hoods anymore."

Agreed. The anonymity of the internet is all the cover that's needed for cowards who hurl racist insults to make their point.

Posted by: logosdesigns | February 28, 2011 5:32 PM | Report abuse

thelildiva4u, sometimes the truth hurts. Blacks need to stop blaming the white man for all the ills in their lives. Black politicians should know to be on guard because they are being looked at carefully by whites in America. Two wrongs don't make it right.

Posted by: CaptainKangaroo | February 28, 2011 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Let's not forget taxpayer-subsidized, baby-fenty frat buddie, skinner-the-sinner's "Grahamzilla" posters posted in Petworth were overtly homophobic as well. Hand drawn, Jim Graham's head was placed on the body of Godzilla hugging two nubile young men, one in each of Godzilla's arms. I forget if the young men were nude or shirtless; but the poster's intent was clearly homophobic, as well as racist.

What surprises me most about skinner-the-sinner's current self-centered rant is that Jim "you don't need a weather man to know which way the wind blows" Graham was such a spineless, baby-fenty stooge for four years; in spite of baby-fenty's close ties to alleged racist and homophobe skinner-the-sinner. Jimmy G. played no part what-so-ever in either the Council's Firetruck for Beachfront Condominiums investigation or the Parks & Rec. investigation.

Posted by: bob_dylan_rocks | February 28, 2011 8:27 PM | Report abuse

@CaptainKangaroo Please stop!

@bob_dylan_rocks thanks...the rules change for some but not all.

Posted by: thelildiva4u | March 1, 2011 12:40 PM | Report abuse

thelildiva4u, don't tell me to stop or to shut up.

I regret voting for both Gray and Kwame Brown. They both will end up like former PG County Executive Jack Johnson and former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.

Posted by: CaptainKangaroo | March 2, 2011 1:14 AM | Report abuse

CaptainKangaroo...where did I say shut up?

What I was referring to is your comment which undervalued, underestimated or marginalized ALL black people and our history.

Please! You wouldn't say "All Jews" need to stop blaming Hitler or Germens would you? Nope!

Posted by: thelildiva4u | March 2, 2011 1:51 PM | Report abuse

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