Jim Graham is reprimanded


Graham said voters will deliver the ultimate judgment on his alleged ethics breach. (The Washington Post)

The D.C. Council made relatively quick work of their unusual business of rebuking a colleague Monday. After a few nods to the council’s “ethical crisis” and a lengthy soliloquy on due process from Marion Barry, the council voted 11-2 to reprimand Jim Graham (D-Ward 1). Then, after another lengthy soliloquy from Barry and Graham himself mounting a measured but vigorous defense of his record, a second vote went 10-2-1 to end Graham’s eight years of alcohol licensing oversight. (Vincent Orange, the new overseer, voted present.) As it all went down, businessman Warren Williams Jr. — whose 2008 pursuit of a pair of public contracts started events in motion — watched from a front-row seat in the council chamber. Afterward, Graham said voters will render the ultimate judgment: “People know my dedication to constituent services, quality-of-life issues and human services, and all that work I can continue now,” he said. More from Loose LipsWaTimesBladeDCistWJLA-TV, and WTTG-TV.

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Sky gondolas from Georgetown to Rosslyn? (G’town Metropolitan)

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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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