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Posted at 11:26 AM ET, 11/19/2010

Pr. Geo.'s leaders: Johnsons should quit

By Washington Post Editors

Miranda Spivack reports on the Maryland Politics blog that three Prince George's County officials are calling for County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D) to step aside before his term expires Dec. 6. They also said his wife, Leslie Johnson, newly elected to the council, should decline to be sworn in.

"I would do it, I would step down," said Del. Jay Walker (D-Prince George's), whose views were seconded by County Council member-elect Mel Franklin, and Del. Justin Ross, both Democrats, on WTOP radio's “Politics Hour.”

Both Johnsons were arrested Nov. 12 after they were overheard on a wiretap plotting to flush a $100,000 check from a developer down a toilet and conceal $79,600 in Leslie Johnson's bra.

The lawmakers acknowledged that the Johnsons are entitled to a presumption of innocence but that the cases are a major distraction and are damaging the county's reputation.

Read the full post on Maryland Politics.

By Washington Post Editors  | November 19, 2010; 11:26 AM ET
Categories:  Maryland  
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Comments

Stop embarrassing yourself Ms Johnson and resign before you go to jail!

Posted by: 10bestfan | November 19, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Thankful some politicians are thinking straight, have the decency to speak out. Most have their heads in the sand and this makes me wonder if maybe they have something to hide. Jack & Leslie are corrupt, was caught red-handed, and because they are not only a distraction but a total embarrassment, you would think it would be a no brainer that they would step-down.

Posted by: honkytonky1 | November 19, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

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