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Posted at 7:55 PM ET, 03/10/2011

Howard Brooks hires former Prince George's state's attorney

By Mike DeBonis

A campaign consultant to Mayor Vincent C. Gray accused of involvement in a deal alleged by former mayoral candidate Sulaimon Brown has hired former Prince George's County State's Attorney Glenn F. Ivey to represent him.

Howard L. Brooks today hired Ivey, now a partner at D.C.'s Venable law firm. Ivey left the State's Attorney's Office in January after eight years in the elected post.

Ivey said he did not know Brooks, a Silver Spring resident, before Brooks retained him today through a referral.

Brown told The Washington Post that Brooks, with Gray campaign chairwoman Lorraine A. Green, was involved in an arrangement struck over the summer to reward attacks on incumbent Adrian M. Fenty with a city job. Brown was hired earlier this year as a special assistant in the Department of Health Care Finance; he was dismissed after his hiring was publicized. Brown also alleged that Brooks gave him several cash payments during the campaign, though the Post could not independently verify those payments.

Brooks, Green and Mayor Gray deny the allegations.

The D.C. Office of Campaign Finance said Monday that it is investigating Brown's claims, while Inspector General Charles Willoughby has declined to probe the claims, because Brown had interviewed for a job in his office. A spokesman for U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen said Wednesday that his office is working to "assess" the matter. Ivey worked as an assistant U.S. attorney in the District in the early 1990s.

Ivey's hiring comes a day after Gray retained as his personal counsel Hogan & Hartson partner Robert S. Bennett, famous for his representation of President Bill Clinton during the Monica Lewinsky affair.

By Mike DeBonis  | March 10, 2011; 7:55 PM ET
Categories:  The District, Vincent Gray  
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Wow!

This is getting good. I hope that VG has learned a valuable lesson here. Some of the people with closest access to him have caused too many problems and solved too few!

Bob McCartney is right on this one. Time to cut bait and look for new untainted players to join your team.

VG you had your chance during the transition to select from many volunteers that helped you in so many areas from November, 2010 through early January, 2011.

Guess those individuals never bubbled up. Who do you have to thank for making that happent.

It's never too late to learn.

Posted by: dcchamp1 | March 10, 2011 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Wow!

This is getting good. I hope that VG has learned a valuable lesson here. Some of the people with closest access to him have caused too many problems and solved too few!

Bob McCartney is right on this one. Time to cut bait and look for new untainted players to join your team.

VG you had your chance during the transition to select from many volunteers that helped you in so many areas from November, 2010 through early January, 2011.

Guess those individuals never bubbled up. Who do you have to thank for making that happent.

It's never too late to learn.

Posted by: dcchamp1 | March 10, 2011 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Those Who Know, Know...

Ivey said he did not know Brooks, a Silver Spring resident, before Brooks retained him today through a referral.

How ironic...no one in this scandal knows NOTHING and NOBODY.

Vince Gray didn't know Sulaimon Brown would 'cry' foul. He didn't know Howard Brooks or his son working in the Deputy Mayor's Office of Economic Development either. I guess he's never met any of his friends' children he hired.

Before his request for an attorney, Howard Brooks didn't know Sulaimon Brown was high tech.

Lorraine Green didn't know Sulaimon Brown knew the contact information for the House Oversight Committee, FOX5, News4, TBD, and the FBI. By the way, it seems he's got her number too.

But I'd be willing to bet Cherita Whiting knows them all 'cause sistergirl "socializes." Madame Butterfingers, sorry, that's Stickyfly, Stickyfingers - no, no, Butterfly (whew!) has a ton of friends in high places and many a federal Bureau of Prisons cellblocks.

Tonight's award for not knowing the most goes to the voters in DC who didn't know, were astoundingly clueless, blind to the fact, that Vince Gray was a 30-year fast forward AARP version of guess who? You still don't know? Adrian Fenty!

I "know" one thing for sure...if you don't know Vince Gray by now, you'll never, never know him, oooohhhh...'cause he's one and done.

Vince, so long, we hardly 'knew' ye!

(Playing in the background - Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne!)

Come on y'all, sing with me, I 'know' you know this swan song.

Posted by: itsjustamess | March 10, 2011 10:19 PM | Report abuse


Jolene Ivey got Vince Gray elected to DISTRACT from the misery that is Prince Gorgeous ... and Leslie Johnson managed the cash flow.

Posted by: polecatx1 | March 10, 2011 11:10 PM | Report abuse

Within 6 months, everyone in the Gray administration will have retained the services of an attorney.

Posted by: randysbailin | March 11, 2011 9:48 AM | Report abuse

What does Jolene Ivey have to do with this and do you mention her because Vince Gray has hired her husband to represent him?

Posted by: gordonj1 | March 11, 2011 12:18 PM | Report abuse


gordonj1:

Jolene Ivey has to do with this and I mention her because Vince Gray has hired her husband to represent him.

Posted by: polecatx1 | March 11, 2011 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Wait...Brooks does not even live in DC! Awww, heck no! And I see Vincent Gray hired the absolute best. Too late, buddy. We all know now what you really are.

Posted by: forgetthis | March 11, 2011 2:57 PM | Report abuse

gordonj1 and polecatx1, you're both wrong. Jolene Ivey's husband, Glenn Ivey, was hired by HOWARD BROOKS--not Vincent Gray.

Posted by: forgetthis | March 11, 2011 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Scrambling like rats on a sinking ship!!!

Posted by: skinfreak | March 11, 2011 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Sad pathetic smear of Gray.

It's a shame Brooks must waste personal time and resources to deal with this Post-inspired fake controversy. Sad that the Post (and the interests it represents) just cannot accept that Gray beat their frontman for the Plan, Mr. Fenty.

The Post has admitted upfront it has NO evidence whatsoever that Gray's campaign paid street hustler Brown anything to do anything. But why let absence of proof get in the way of a (seemingly) politically inspired smear.

Do you think even one DC resident who voted for Gray gives a hoot whether Gray's people gave some street dude some po' chop money during the campaign? For sure, every Gray voter sees through this smear and work hardly for him next time.

BTW, we missed the Post articles condemning wealthy fundraisers who get rewarded with cushy Ambassadorships. Oh, wait, the Post didn't write any.

Sad.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | March 11, 2011 6:52 PM | Report abuse

What's the best guess for how many anti-Gray fake controversies the Post will drum up by October 1.

Our guess-timate: 4.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | March 11, 2011 7:44 PM | Report abuse

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