The D.C. Council voted to confirm Peter J. Nickles as the attorney general today in a 7 to 5 vote. Chairman Vincent C. Gray supported Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's nominee, and Democratic At-Large member Kwame Brown voted present.
The battle over Nickles's future began with a dramatic development in the judiciary committee yesterday, when the panel voted 3 to 2 against confirming him. Headed by At-Large Council member Phil Mendelson, the panel's opponents to Nickles said he was too close to Fenty to properly serve as the attorney general for District residents.
The decision today rested with Gray, who did not reveal his intent until the last hours of the debate. A source close to the chairman said he had not made up his mind until late.
Mendelson, who led the fight against Nickles and published a highly critical report about his role, released the following statement after today's vote:
"It was important that the full Council discuss and decide the Mayor's nominee for Attorney General. The Council has now expressed its support for Mr. Nickles. I know Mr. Nickles is a professional and will continue to support a positive working relationship with the Council. I will do all I can to work cooperatively with Mr. Nickles. Working together is in the best interest of our clients: the residents of the District of Columbia."
Hamil R. Harris and Nikita Stewart