Vincent Orange gets ethics sanction


Orange’s intervention in a December health inspection garnered him an ethics citation. (Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post)

D.C. Council member Vincent Orange (D-At-Large) has the distinction of becoming the first D.C. public official to be formally admonished by the District’s new ethics board. In a “negotiated disposition,” Orange admitted to breaching the council’s Code of Conduct by intervening in a December health department inspection of a campaign donor, Sam Wang Produce in the Florida Avenue Market. By delaying the business’s closure, Orange abused the “prestige of his office,” the board ruled. To settle the matter, Orange agreed to attend ethics training and refrain from such abuse again. “In the past, this has been clearly acceptable constituent service, but now you have people looking at it a different way,” Orange told the Post’s Tim Craig. To the Examiner, he said, “I don’t think it reflects poorly on me at all.”

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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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Mike DeBonis · May 2, 2013