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Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 02/24/2011

Police escort Sulaimon Brown from office

By Nikita Stewart

Former mayoral candidate Sulaimon Brown, whose hiring by Mayor Vincent C. Gray's administration caused an uproar this week, was escorted by police out of the office of the Department of Health Care Finance Thursday morning, the Gray administration has confirmed.

The Washington Post reported Sunday that Brown was among new staffers hired by the Gray administration. As late as Wednesday, the mayor was still defending Brown's employment as a special assistant earning $110,000. He said Brown, who has said he is an auditor, approached his administration about getting a job. Gray said he was directed to the health care finance department.

The Washington City Paper detailed Brown's legal troubles, including a 2007 restraining order, and questioned Gray's judgment in hiring him. The city paper tweeted Thursday morning that Brown was led away by police.

Linda Wharton Boyd, the mayor's spokeswoman, said the Gray administration will release details soon.

By Nikita Stewart  | February 24, 2011; 11:40 AM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC  
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What is going on? This is turning into a complete circus!

Posted by: DCJUSTICE | February 24, 2011 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Hey, first it was Kwame with the Navigators, then Mikey decided to rename PA Ave, so now it's Sulaimon's turn to get in the Brown spotlight.

Posted by: blankspace | February 24, 2011 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Will Cherita Whiting be next Mayor Gray?

Posted by: CaptainKangaroo | February 24, 2011 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Send in the clowns.......

Posted by: jckdoors | February 24, 2011 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Gray has shown absolutely awful judgement so far.

Posted by: dbunkr | February 24, 2011 1:42 PM | Report abuse

LMAO..I knew Vince and Kwame aka (Kwince) were going to take us back fast but Damn. We got cronyism, cars, overpaid salaries, and high ranking officials getting locked up ALREADY!! Damn, Vince slow it dowm brah. I'm with you. I miss the old days but this is coming too fast. We need a transition period. We can't go from the all business Fenty straight to the gutter in a month. Ease into Vince. At this rate Vince will be indicted by April. Vince, your ghetto apologists can't even keep up with rationalizations for all this. I mean they were still in "Fenty's a sellout mode"..I think I'm going to print up some "Free Vince" T-shirts. A good entrepaneuar gets in front of his competition.

Posted by: evolvedthinker | February 24, 2011 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Welcome to the 2nd coming of the Marion Barry Administration.

Posted by: johnfchick1 | February 24, 2011 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Is Grays administration really a front for a reality TV series???

Posted by: maddogjts | February 24, 2011 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Congress whould explore cancelling Home Rule for DC.

Posted by: rpcv84 | February 24, 2011 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Vote for Brown, it rhymes with clown!

Posted by: blankspace | February 24, 2011 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Never a dull moment in DC.

Home if. When pigs get their own airplanes.

They'll be screaming for Mayor Gray's head soon.

Posted by: TaxiDriver | February 24, 2011 2:46 PM | Report abuse

That Philly clinic where the Woodbridge woman went was so gross. Who owns those buildings?

Posted by: blasmaic | February 24, 2011 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Fenty was an awful Mayor with absolutely no fiscal discipline squandering away a 1 billion dollar surplus left by former Mayor Anthony Williams, awarding illegal contracts to unqualified friends and cronies, but Vincent Gray is sizing up to be not much better thus far.

Because Gray did a generally good job running the Council, as chair, including sanctioning Barry, I won't equate him to the Barry Administration. But being similar to Fenty is plenty enough for me.

The entire Wilson Building needs to wake up and smell the coffee. It is raining red ink in the District.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | February 24, 2011 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Worst Week in Washington: I think it's a tie between Council Chairman Kwame Brown and Mayor Vincent Gray.

Posted by: JB44 | February 24, 2011 3:52 PM | Report abuse

DC is quickly turning into the place where Clown College Dropouts go to die. SMDH!

Posted by: HowCanIHelp | February 24, 2011 4:17 PM | Report abuse

A Third World banana republic dictator could do just as well.

Posted by: TaxiDriver | February 24, 2011 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Wow, certainly starts to bring into question the ability of DC to self govern.

How many weeks has Mayor Gray been in office and how many miss-steps so far?

You can do better than this DC, you are starting to sound like PG...

Posted by: RandyM1 | February 24, 2011 4:28 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: DaddyGraceFishSandwich | February 24, 2011 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Hey, RandyM1, let's leave PG out of this. You guys are on your own.

Posted by: mbrumble | February 24, 2011 4:42 PM | Report abuse

did we really vote for the wrong man to lead this city he did an outstanding job as chairman, why cant gray keep up the same work pattern

Posted by: JeroRobson1 | February 24, 2011 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Don't doubt that this stuff is good for the clowns in DC. If anything, it keeps their little circus island safe from federal oversight! right now, it's just a playground for a bunch of incompetent men. That tax money pot is in very bad hands. HOW SAD.

Posted by: FiatBooks | February 24, 2011 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Geez, Mayor Grey he hired a person at $110K. Why would it require the police to remove his person from an office? If this person was a professional all someone had to do was quietly tell him to leave and the reason why. Another DC employee who feels entitled.

What does it take to embaress the DC government? Anyone?

Posted by: Jimof1913 | February 24, 2011 5:50 PM | Report abuse

If this isn't like trying to train animals in a zoo.

Posted by: Pete433 | February 24, 2011 5:56 PM | Report abuse

I'm trying to figure out how all of you know so much about what happened when the paper has reported absolutely no details. Do we know whether he acted up in the office? ther was likely a very good reason for him to be escorted out of the office that has nothing to do with anything Mayor Gray knows about this man. It's not like he gave the man a 30 million dollar contract to do construction projects with no engineering license. Ahem.

Posted by: PepperDr | February 24, 2011 6:08 PM | Report abuse

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