The D.C. Council held up the appointment of Lloyd Jordan to the Board of Zoning Adjustment on Monday, saying they need more time to review the nomination after residents voiced concerns.
At Tuesday’s meeting, D.C. Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown (D) said the council was not going to immediately move on the nomination because some residents have told them they didn’t think Jordan had the right experience to sit on the board that rules on land disputes..
Brown’s decision represents the second time in a week that the council has balked at one of Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s appointees. Last week, council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) announced that the Committee of Finance and Revenue was indefinitely delaying a vote on whether to appoint Lorraine Green to the Convention and Sports Authority. Green, who headed up the mayor’s campaign, is at the center of the allegations that Gray campaign officials paid Sulaimon Brown to attack former mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) last year at forums and debates.
Green has denied the allegations and the Washington Post could not independently verify that payments were made.
Jordan, a well-known attorney and consultant, was a key strategist on Gray’s successful primary campaign. But Brown and other council members stressed that their decision to hold up the nomination for at least month had nothing to do with the mayor.
“There was some concern about the speed these matters were moving forward,” said Brown, adding that Evans was particularly concerned.
Evans was not immediately available to comment. But council member Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) said preservationists and other citizen groups recently mounted a letter-writing campaign raising concerns about Jordan’s qualifications.
“We had a bunch of e-mails saying he wasn’t qualified,” Wells said. “I don’t think people were paying much attention until we we got the e-mails.”
Jordan, who has an extensive legal rsum , and was not immediately available to comment. But council member Marion Barry (D) criticized Brown’s decision to hold up Jordan’s nomination until at least April.
“It’s not fair for Mr. Jordan that you take this off with no fault of his own,” Barry said. “If we get into the habit of not moving ... people, then the public loses confidence of not doing this.”
This post has been updated since it was first published.