D.C. Council Scandals Disgust Residents
(Washington Informer) — The ethical cloud that envelopes D.C. City Council members has left the public disappointed and disgusted. At the moment, several members are either under investigation or enmeshed in ethical problems. And Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) has been fending off accusations of his own for months. “I’m mad as hell,” said a Ward 5 resident whose gestures punctuated her agitation. “I worked real hard for Vincent Gray and I just threw out all of his T-shirts. It’s embarrassing for the whole city. Thomas, Brown, Gray…” The retired telecommunications employee, who declined to give her name, said the political shenanigans have been going on all along “but they just got caught.” John Walker, a Northern Virginia resident, said the Council members’ woes are nothing new. “I’ve been here a long time and this is consistent with [the District’s] history,” he said. “There is a lack of good governance but I have a feeling they’ll get it right.” Walker, who works for a non-profit which offers services to veterans, said there are larger implications to the Council’s actions.