Former D.C. Council chairman Kwame R. Brown sent a holiday note to a list of supporters this afternoon, thanking them for their support.
Two recipients shared the notes for publication on condition of anonymity. It is Brown’s first public (or quasi-public) statement since being sentenced on a felony bank fraud charge last month. It also is his first comment to address his brother’s own bank fraud charge, which wrapped up a two-year federal probe into the finances of his 2008 campaign with the two fraud felonies and a single misdemeanor campaign finance charge.
“It is important to me that you know that I did not violate your public trust,” Brown said, echoing his previous comments.
There has been some idle chatter about Brown attempting a political comeback — perhaps as soon as April’s special election. Consider that speculation quashed: “I plan to spend the next few months dealing with my legal matters and establishing a base of financial support for my family, which at the end of the day, is my number one responsibility and priority.”
The note in full:
Message from Kwame Brown
Dear [name withheld],
Season’s Greetings. I want to take this time to thank you so very much for your love and support over the past seven years. I am especially appreciative for your prayers and positive messages over the last year. I have been blessed to have been allowed the honor and privilege of serving this great City that I call my home.
As you know, these are difficult times for me. I overstated my income on a loan application and this resulted in my having to leave public service. It is hard to find words to describe how remorseful I am in bringing so much disappointment to you. Never in a million years would I have imagined this would have created such a situation.
When the allegations of campaign finance abuse were raised, I called for an investigation by the U.S. Attorney. I knew that neither my brother Che nor I had improperly misused any campaign funds. After a prolonged and thorough investigation, the U.S. Attorney has not found that my campaign, my brother or myself, engaged in any crime related to campaign finance abuse, or misuse of my elected office. It is important to me that you know that I did not violate your public trust.
Thank you for working side by side with me as both an At-Large Member, and as Chairman of the Council of the District of Columbia. We achieved an outstanding record of accomplishment. We participated in educational reform (middle and vocational trades schools), passed legislation to lessen domestic violence, increased neighborhood development, achieved reform of the District’s tax codes, improved the climate for locally owned businesses, as well as balancing the District’s budget while increasing funding for our most vulnerable residents.
I plan to spend the next few months dealing with my legal matters and establishing a base of financial support for my family, which at the end of the day, is my number one responsibility and priority.
As a native Washingtonian, I am proud to call the District my home. Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to be in public service.
All the best to you and your family in the coming year!