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Posted at 10:10 AM ET, 03/ 8/2011

Evans indefinitely postpones Lorraine Green's nomination to head Convention and Sports Authority

By Tim Craig

Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2), chairman of the Committee on Finance and Revenue, said he is "indefinitely" postponing the nomination of Lorraine Green as chairman of the Washington Convention and Sports Authority.

Green, a confidant of Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D), has been at the center of allegations by fired employee and former mayoral candidate Sulaimon Brown. Green has denied Brown's claims that she paid him during the campaign and promised him a job in Gray's administration.

Last month, Gray nominated Green, an executive at Amtrak set to retire April 1, to the board that has oversight of management of the Walter E. Washington Center, Nationals Park and RFK Stadium. Green's council confirmation hearing had been scheduled for next week, but Evans said it is being delayed pending the investigations.

"It's being postponed indefinitely until the matter gets resolved one way or the other, " Evans said. "It definitely will not be next week."

By Tim Craig  | March 8, 2011; 10:10 AM ET
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Great decision by Jack Evans.

Posted by: Observant3 | March 8, 2011 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Great decision. Even though I believe Jack Evans is, too, a part of the entrenched entitlement problems with the D.C. Council. He has been there too long and has his own questionale conflicts of interest with public projects and his day job. Yes, he is paid 125k/yr as a part time politician.

Anyhow, Loraine Green is the nucleus of all of the tawdry scandals Gray is facing today. She was his Campaign Manager and remains his chief advisor. There is proof that she was communicating with S. Brown during the primaries and made promises to him in exchange for his "continuing what he was doing".

Since there is allegation of a direct cash exchange between she and Brown, she ought not be considered for any board position until investigations have been resolved. More importantly, because the Justice Department does not confirm nor deny any investigation involving public corruption in this matter, it is not in the best interest of the public to consider Ms. Green for such a position of political influence.

In fact, if Green had ANY class or loyalty to Gray, she would withdraw her nomination to avoid him the embarrassment of withdrawing it or having to fight the council trying to force a vote on her that Evans seems prepared to righteously stall (indefinately). Of course, this is not likely to happen because she quit her day job saying she was just 'retiring' and not entering the 'Gray Administration'. No she was hoping to take over the quasi-independent, influential Convention Board.

Green is a tremendous distraction. Her involvement with public policy should be squashed immediately.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | March 8, 2011 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Mayor Gray should of shown leadership and credibility by withdrawing the nomination himself. Unfortunately, he is disappointing us supporters who went out and worked hard to put him in office to clean up the cronyism and questionable contracts awarded by the Fenty administration.

Mayor Gray needs to reassign his current chief of staff to th e Human Resources Department, which is her experience and expertise base per her resume. You need an experienced and knowledgeable person, politically astute and credible to lead you out of this mess you let Lorraine Green get you into.

The clock is ticking and don't wait another minute to get your house in order.

Posted by: dcgovcorruption1 | March 8, 2011 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Dear dcgovcorruption1:

fyi. vince Gray voted for the Fenty contracts... not Fenty.

To his supporters (gray) and workers:
Enjoy..... its a circus you helped to create.

Posted by: pdv1 | March 8, 2011 12:42 PM | Report abuse

@pdv1: Barnum & Bailey was in town throughout the Fenty Administration. Sadly, it just hasn't left. There is just another ring master and new acts.

I'd, rather, go back to the integrity brought to this government by Mayor Anthony Williams.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | March 8, 2011 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Lorraine Green simply can not get it through her Barbara Bullock wig. The gig is up. Game over! You no longer occupy the honeymoon suite. DC taxpayers are seeking an annulment. Your Gray-V train ride with the Mayor and Amtrak has been derailed but you are more than welcomed to reserve yourself a one-way ticket in the coach section or caboose on the next thing smoking. Accommodations can easily be made for Howard Brooks, your traveling companion, providing he consults his attorney prior to your unscheduled but timely departure. You may leave on the morning train 'cause the evening train may be too late but I definitely wouldn't wait 'til the midnight hour when your love (of power) comes tumbling down. Oh, by the way, Mr. Western Union Man has a message especially for you - "The Feds are coming! The Feds are coming!" Lorraine Green, Uncle Sam Wants You!

Posted by: itsjustamess | March 8, 2011 2:36 PM | Report abuse

If Lorraine doesn't get what she was promised, then she might start flipping on Gray. Uh-oh. Trouble's a-brewing.

Posted by: forgetthis | March 8, 2011 4:09 PM | Report abuse

at Concerned:
the circus might have been in town in your opinion through the Fenty years... but fyi, the cronyism that he was accused of doesn't even ring close to what is going on in the first 2 months of the Gray Administration...

i heard Charlie Sheen was running for Mayor of DC

Posted by: pdv1 | March 9, 2011 2:23 PM | Report abuse

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