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Posted at 1:08 PM ET, 11/18/2010

Push for Leslie Johnson to forgo council

By Miranda S. Spivack, Ovetta Wiggins and Hamil R. Harris

At least four members of the Prince George's County Council want Leslie Johnson to forgo the District 6 seat she won earlier this month, several sources told The Washington Post.

The members have not spoken publicly because they are hoping to get more of the council's nine members to join in the effort, the sources said. Johnson is expected to take the oath of office on Dec. 6.

Johnson and her husband, County Executive Jack B. Johnson, were charged last week with evidence tampering and destruction of evidence in an ongoing federal corruption investigation.

In addition to the council members' efforts, an online petition is underway to also prevent Johnson from being sworn in.

It's unclear when the online campaign began, but it was part of an e-mail discussion group on Wednesday. Some residents within Council District 6, which Johnson is to represent, launched the drive, saying "Leslie Johnson Must Resign Now!"

"Mrs. Leslie Johnson cannot represent us proudly and honestly on the [Prince George's] County Council," says the petition. "The first order of business for all of us should be to get Mrs. Leslie Johnson off the Council and start a clean slate."

A man who would not open the door at the Johnsons's Mitchellville home on Wednesday evening said, "She has nothing to say."

This post has been updated since it was first published.

By Miranda S. Spivack, Ovetta Wiggins and Hamil R. Harris  | November 18, 2010; 1:08 PM ET
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Please resign now Ms Johnson to save yourself and the county any further embarrassment!

Posted by: 10bestfan | November 18, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

We need everybody to speak up and confront Ms. Johnson about resigning. If she won't open her door and comment on it to the Washington Post, then we as a community should organize in front of her home by the thousands to ask for her resignation personally. A petition is nice, but she needs to personally address the people she will represent about what her intentions are on December 6. We deserve that, at least. Read here for more commentary

Posted by: marylandpolitico | November 18, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

No one should HAVE to ask Mrs. Johnson to resign. That should have been one of her first orders of business!! Resigning is not an admission of guilt. Having $79,000.00 in cash on you tucked away in your underwear is. Resign and let the county move on with it's business.

Posted by: heygriff | November 18, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Kinda makes one wonder, WHO VOTED FOR THIS WOMAN!

Posted by: blueleadermike | November 18, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

i think Mrs Jonhson only won becuase of her husband namesake and to keep Mr Johnson in the county money loop somehow but I think she should resign its not right for her to serve the people of P.G. county when she is face serious actusations

Posted by: JeroRobson1 | November 18, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Do this theives have any pride....she knows that she needs to resign and take the beef for what she has done...can't blame her husband she has her own mind...and please stop putting the Lord in this; he saw what you where doing, remember the public could not!!!

Posted by: shadon1 | November 18, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

I think Leslie Johnson should resign.

Posted by: dbarnes1 | November 18, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

In the article's title, "forgo" is spelled correctly. In the home-page link, it's not; there we find the homophone, "forego." I hope this misspelling gets corrected.

Posted by: PaulinMaryland | November 18, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Well, despite how awful it looks to me too, she is innocent until proven guilty. But yeah, I wish she would opt out/forgo.

Posted by: Skowronek | November 18, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

When you have done the wrong thing(s), you need to learn to do the right thing(s), think about it Ms. Johnson, you know right from wrong.

Posted by: snitchonmurder | November 18, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Yes, she is innocent until proven guilty. But even if she is acquited of all charges, she is still going to be remembered as the woman who tried to stuff $80,000 in her bra. Let's face it -- her reputation is completely ruined. This woman is a lawyer -- how did she ever manage to get into this mess?!? Moreover, she will be tied up in legal proceedings for months, if not years, that will be tremendously distracting and time-consuming. There is no way she can adequately represent her district.

If she really cares about Prince Georges County, she will resign now and let county residents get on with repairing the damage that has been done.

Posted by: mydog2 | November 18, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Jack Johnson. Leslie Johnson. Charlie Rangel. Maxine Waters. What is the common factor?
And all the stupid people keep voting in scum like this. You get what you asked for and for some reason it is still the Republicans fault. Just don't understand this childlike reasoning.

Posted by: LarryinMD | November 18, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Her sense of dignity will not allow her to resign, it is still bruised by the flailing under the garage door routine she performed upon her return from her arraignment.

Plus, its either this job or the graveyard at Denny's. It will take awhile for her to get her head around the fact that being MRS. Jack Johnson doesn't have the currency it once did.

Perhaps she cold do a specialty act at Hooters.

Posted by: SoCali | November 18, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

In this country, the accused is allowed a day in court and a trial by his/her peers. Did we hear the full recording or did we hear an edited version of the recording? Council member elected Johnson was elected by the people of that district and should be afforded all the rights as any elected official of the county.

The Johnsons have made a huge impact on PG county. I may not agree with their tactics but is this the norm of during business in PG county. I watched the governor of Virginia win several businesses relocating out side of the county. What did he do to win the contracts?

I do not know the full story. I see the Washington Post and the news media putting their own twist on the stories. Until all the evidence has been presented - then I believe none of what I hear and 50% of what I see.

Let the evidence speak for itself!

Posted by: sun52shine | November 18, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Jack Johnson. Leslie Johnson. Charlie Rangel. Maxine Waters. What is the common factor?
Knee Grow!

Posted by: BoonyTunes | November 18, 2010 7:56 PM | Report abuse

If Mrs. Johnson refuses to give up her recent elected position as District 6 County Council member,


Her Council Member salary (Prince Georges County Tax Payer Dollars) MUST be held in escrow until finality of investigation and court decision made.

Our hard earned tax dollars should not pay litigation costs of these two individuals.

Mr. & Mrs. Johnson, along with the rest of your ilk, have created a disaster that citizens will have to live with for YEARS.

So please...just go and focus on what you need to do to survive

while citizens learn to live, and move foward with your alleged destructive actions.

You're both killing the survival of the county.

So, Ms. Johnson, if you cared ANYTHING about the future of Prince George's County, its Citizens, especially our Children you would stand down, effective immediately.

Posted by: PGCResident1 | November 18, 2010 10:42 PM | Report abuse

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