Before appointment, Anita Bonds takes a radio bow

December 7, 2012

In 72 hours, members of the D.C. Democratic State Committee will choose the next D.C. Council member — an at-large member to fill the seat Phil Mendelson vacated upon being elected chairman. As you know if you read today’s Post, that person is likely to be Anita Bonds, the party’s chairwoman.

In an appearance today on WAMU-FM’s Politics Hour, Bonds discussed among other things her distaste for corporate campaign donations — in principle, not necessarily in practice.

Whoever is elected, that person would be eligible to be sworn in as soon as Tuesday, meaning they could vote in the final council legislative meeting of the session on Dec. 18. But in a conversation on Wednesday, D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson suggested, as a practical matter, it might not be such a good idea for a member who has not been involved in the legislative process to be voting. 

“How much can they participate knowledgeably, given the dozens of matters coming up for second reading?” he asked.

But Mendelson acknowledged the member will be legally entitled to be sworn in. So while he prefers to wait till all the new members are sworn on Jan. 2, if the appointed member insists on an earlier swearing, he’ll do it.

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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