Jack Evans will recess tax office hearing to attends Nats game

October 9, 2012

Evans, shown with colleague Vincent Orange, loves those Nats. (Dudley M. Brooks/TWP)

As mentioned in DeMorning, a D.C. Council committee will have a hearing tomorrow on serious questions concerning the city tax office. The plan was to kick things off at 10 a.m. and hear testimony into the afternoon, including from Chief Financial Officer Natwar M. Gandhi and his top deputies.

Alas, fate has intervened: Major League Baseball has scheduled Game 3 of the National League Division Series for 1 p.m.

Jack Evans (D-Ward 2), chairman of the finance and revenue panel, is a consummate sports fan and has thus decided to modify the order of proceedings. Now the hearing will start at 9 a.m. and recess at 12 p.m. Should it be necessary, Evans said he will restart the hearing at 5 p.m.

“It’s the first playoff game in Washington since 1933!” he said this morning, explaining his decision. Note that TV will be an iffy option tomorrow, with the broadcast restricted to the unevenly distributed MLB Network.

Evans, who said he will attend the game, is not alone in seeking to avoid a Nats conflict. Other interested parties — including Post columnist Bob McCartney — beseeched Evans to reschedule.

Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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