More highlights from the 'Kwamemobile' e-mails
A lot of good details made it into my Sunday story on D.C. Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown's Lincoln Navigators. A few did not. Here are some various tidbits from government e-mails (which you can read in full) that didn't make the cut:
-- The first mention of "Fully Loaded Required" is in a request for quotes distributed by the Department of Public Works in November. The specifications, an accompanying e-mail reads, are "for the Chairman's request."
-- DPW Director William Howland e-mailed Brown directly on Dec. 20 to schedule the exchange of the Chevy Tahoe he had initially been given for the first Navigator. After the car is delivered late the next day, Howland e-mails outgoing City Administrator Neil Albert to let him know Brown has his car.
-- On Dec. 22, incoming Council Secretary Nyasha Smith writes the e-mail laying out the necessity of a black-on-black interior, GPS, moon roof, aluminum wheels and rear entertainment system -- which she refers to having been requested in October. That night, Howland provides a personal update to incoming City Administrator Allen Lew, then updates him again the next morning, after Howland speaks to Brown.
-- On Dec. 23, while there's controversy about the interior color of Brown's car, a DPW procurement official checks with Howland to check that the color of the Town Car intended for Mayor Vincent Gray's security detail is also black. Howland responds: "I guess so. Vincent said 'I have been "Gray" all his life so I don't mind gray'."
-- Later than week, Howland directly informs Smith, Lew and Albert that the second Navigator is being driven from Michigan. Various DPW officials track its progress across the country while working to get license plates for the car. Howland personally contacts Department of Motor Vehicles Director Lucinda Babers about the tags -- meaning two cabinet members plus two city administrators are now involved in procuring Brown's vehicle. The original paperwork necessary to issue a license doesn't arrive in time for the inauguration, but DMV agrees to accept a copy until the original comes and issues the plates anyway.
-- The morning after the second Navigator is delivered, DPW officials are clearly incredulous that it has tan seats, given the hullabaloo over the interior of the first one. One official writes: "Has anybody asked if that 2011 model Navigator even comes with a black interior?"
-- On New Year's Day, two days after the car is delivered, Smith e-mails Howland to thank him for his "personal involvement in making sure that Chair-Elect Brown received a vehicle in time for his swearing in." She had one more request, however: "I noticed there are tvs in the headrests and since we didn't request that, is there a way to send those back? Please advise."
| February 22, 2011; 3:52 PM ET
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