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Posted at 6:13 PM ET, 02/24/2011
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Kwame Brown, driving D.C. into embarrassment

By Dan Fishkin, Washington

Regarding the Feb. 23 Metro article "Brown giving up lease of SUV":

It's ironic that the embarrassment over D.C. Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown's luxury sport-utility vehicle hit the same week parents were informed that student transportation would not be provided for special-education students on Feb. 21 because of furlough days for most D.C. government employees. Perhaps some of the high-level people involved in the SUV fiasco could have taken the second SUV and provided rides for the kids who had school that day. I'm sure all the D.C. government staff who are working hard to implement cuts to the budget will now be reporting to work with a renewed sense of mission after reading about the SUV procurement.

If the bigwigs need transportation, give them a $500 monthly lease budget and tell them to find a car. In this case, the extra $1,400 a month savings could easily house a homeless individual.

The writer is chief financial officer of the Community Council for the Homeless.

By Dan Fishkin, Washington  | February 24, 2011; 6:13 PM ET
Categories:  D.C., D.C. politics, HotTopic  
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Comments

I agree. Why does the chairperson of the City's Council need a car whose lease is $1,900?? Or even the Mayor. I feel a leasing budget of $500 is sufficienct given the budget crisis the City is facing. In addition, I'm not surprise since Kwame Brown is known to live beyond his means - credit card debit and buying a boat he can't afford. Where I work, if you can't manage your personal financial business how can you manage the financial business of the company?

Vincent Gray maybe you need to distance yourself from Kwame, he being your man and all. The reception Brown received from the audiance last night at the Kenndey Center. The City booed Brown during the presentation of the Keys to City to Earth, Wind and Fire. This should tell you how the District residents feeling about Brown.

And what's up with giving Earth, Wind and Fire Keys to the City? How much did that cost?

Posted by: sickofu | February 25, 2011 1:05 PM | Report abuse

I agree. Why does the chairperson of the City's Council need a car whose lease is $1,900?? Or even the Mayor. I feel a leasing budget of $500 is sufficienct given the budget crisis the City is facing. In addition, I'm not surprise since Kwame Brown is known to live beyond his means - credit card debit and buying a boat he can't afford. Where I work, if you can't manage your personal financial business how can you manage the financial business of the company?

Vincent Gray maybe you need to distance yourself from Kwame, he being your man and all. The reception Brown received from the audiance last night at the Kenndey Center. The City booed Brown during the presentation of the Keys to City to Earth, Wind and Fire. This should tell you how the District residents feeling about Brown.

And what's up with giving Earth, Wind and Fire Keys to the City? How much did that cost?

Posted by: sickofu | February 25, 2011 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Disgraceful. This is the upshot of the incompetence and greed of Brown and other council members. No money for special needs transportation but he pimps around in a luxury SUV. He should be removed from office immediately.

Posted by: dbunkr | February 26, 2011 1:32 PM | Report abuse

I voted for Fenty and Vincient Orange having said that. Kwame you need to tightened up your back-stroke that is an old saying in the hood. With all the bagage you already are dragging with you already you really made yourself look stupid and shallow.Its like you are more interested in the perks of being the city council chair than doing the job.Hate to say it but isn't that what happened to the other Kwame about 500 miles north-west of here.

Posted by: slivin500 | February 27, 2011 11:32 AM | Report abuse

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