A new term, a new day?


David Grosso was the only new D.C. Council member to be sworn in Wednesday. (Matt McClain/The Washington Post)

The 20th term of the Council of the District of Columbia is now underway. At Wednesday’s swearing-in ceremony, there were acknowledgments — some more direct than others — that the body needs to turn a new page after a tumultuous two years that saw two resignations and lots of raw feelings. There was less discussion of how precisely to do so. New member David Grosso (I-At Large) called for a “new day” and cited the need to establish an “ethical framework,” while Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) said after the festivities that he wants legislators to take up his campaign finance reform package quickly. But Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) noted that laws can only go so far: “The solution to someone breaking the law is not to pass a new one, rather it is to hold your elected representatives accountable,” he said. “Probe our ethical and moral character on the campaign trail. Study our ethical and moral character on the job. Encourage and support the ethical candidate.” More from ExaminerWUSA-TVDCistWBJ, and WRC-TV.

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Mike DeBonis covers Congress and national politics for The Washington Post. He previously covered D.C. politics and government from 2007 to 2015.

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