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Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 03/ 4/2011

Evans puts Gray, Brown on notice; fears 'late-night' jokes

By Tim Craig

D.C. Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) has issued a biting critique of recent controversies involving Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) and D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown, telling his constituents that "everyone in the city" has been "taken aback by the events."

In regular e-mail update titled "Jack's Newsletter," the chairman of the Committee on Finance and Revenue wrote "it has not been a good two weeks for the District."

"At a time when the city is struggling to balance its budget and show Wall Street and the new Republican Congress that we are acting responsibly, these revelations have done nothing to bolster the District's image," wrote Evans, who represents Shaw, Dupont Circle, Downtown, Foggy Bottom and Georgetown.

Evans details in his letter Brown's decision to request a "fully loaded" Lincoln Navigator SUV as well as recent stories about the high salaries Gray is paying some top staffers. Evans also rehashes the Fox 5 (WTTG) story about the expensive trips being taken by Allen Sessoms, the president of the University of the District of Columbia.

After The Washington Post reported on Brown's leased SUV, he asked the Department of Public Works to return it. But it remains unclear whether the city will be able to get out of its lease. According to the Washington Examiner, the city has already paid $17,000 on the SUV, as well as a prior car that Brown asked to be sent back because he did not like the color or its interior . 

In his e-mail, Evans challenges Brown to reimburse the city for all costs associated with the car.

"Whatever cost the city incurs must be paid by Kwame Brown and not the taxpayers," Evans wrote. "If it means paying the city $17,000, so be it."

Speaking to reporters Thursday, Brown pledged to reimburse the city for costs associated with the time he had the vehicle. But he declined to commit to paying the city $17,000, saying he wasn't sure whether the Examiner story was true.

Last year, Evans supported former mayor Adrian M. Fenty over Gray in the mayor's race. But Evans has maintained a cordial relationship with both Gray and Brown, even though Brown removed him as chairman pro tem of the council this year and replaced him with council member Mary M. Cheh (D).

Evans's letter, however, signals a new, more aggressive posture in speaking out against the chairman and the mayor.

"Let's hope that the events are one time lapses in judgment and are not repeated," Evans wrote in his concluding paragraph. "The District cannot afford to once again become the butt of late night television jokes.  It took many of us too long to undo the damage the last time this happened."

By Tim Craig  | March 4, 2011; 12:42 PM ET
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Comments

Speaking of "lapses in judgment," what about that $610 million baseball stadium that Evans pushed through Council against the DC taxpayers' wishes?

Posted by: dcdenizen17 | March 4, 2011 1:49 PM | Report abuse

"The District cannot afford to once again become the butt of late night television jokes. It took many of us too long to undo the damage the last time this happened."

Does anyone really believe that the District has ever undone the damage from its long history of stupid behavior by elected (and appointed) officials? This is just more of the same, and is not surprising to any who reside outside the beltway and have noted such behavior in the District for decades.

Posted by: kbwalker1 | March 4, 2011 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Jack Evans you are truly a hypocrite!

Does the term "Jack Pac" mean anything to you.

I thought that might ring a bell!

Posted by: RealTalkDC | March 4, 2011 4:29 PM | Report abuse

D.C. = Dumbest City ..in the world.

No voting rights? No wonder! DC residents elect garbage like Gray, Brown, and Marion Barry. You need to have your local voting rights rescinded as well.

Posted by: flintston | March 4, 2011 5:46 PM | Report abuse

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Hey Democrats,

Statistical Analysis 101:

Replacing the bottom 5-8 percent of dumb teachers:

A teacher one standard deviation above the mean effectiveness annually generates marginal gains of over $400,000 in present value of student future earnings with a class size of 20 and proportionately higher with larger class sizes.

Alternatively, replacing the bottom 5-8 percent of teachers with average teachers could move the U.S. near the top of international math and science rankings with a present value of $100 trillion.

giving mu = sum x P(x)

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Posted by: kstobbe1 | March 4, 2011 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Someone beat me to the punch, but Jack Evans needs to keep his mouth shut because he never fully explained how he was flying his family around using money from "Jack Pack" if you remembered, he did not know that the pack existed. Come clean Jack!

Posted by: oscar6 | March 4, 2011 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Someone beat me to the punch, but Jack Evans needs to keep his mouth shut because he never fully explained how he was flying his family around using money from "Jack Pack" if you remembered, he did not know that the pack existed. Come clean Jack!

Posted by: oscar6 | March 4, 2011 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Personally, I am glad to see at least one Councilmember stand up to these idiots. Everyone else is a rubber stamp for the Mayor and Council.

Evans is 100% right on to come out swinging on this one and as a Ward 2 resident, am happy to see him doing so.

Posted by: onthecontrary | March 5, 2011 1:42 PM | Report abuse

At least their is ONE councilmember who has the fortitude to come out against this Lorraine Green/Vince Gray/Kwame Brown/UDC foolishness.

I am truly concerned about this upcoming At-Large election.

Posted by: DeRailedGrayTrain1 | March 6, 2011 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Flintson, by your logic the voting rights of every "red state" should be rescinded as well.

Posted by: ultrapop101 | March 6, 2011 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Are you serious, Jack? Your worry is about DC becoming the butt of jokes, rather than Gray and Brown violating city laws and, in the case of Gray, possibly more (see front page in today's WaPo)? And as others have pointed out here, you're not squeaky clean yourself.

Posted by: cozmot | March 6, 2011 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Jack, you old gas bag. Just shut up with self-righteous comments.
Yeah, that would be a good way to govern, going with what's popular on the late night talk shows....
Every council member does not have FT lobbyist job that pays them not to be there.

Posted by: dropem95 | March 7, 2011 10:49 PM | Report abuse

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