But Orange may have gained more in losing than he would have had he won the support of the majority of the council.

During the debate that took place at this morning’s legislative meeting, Orange played to widespread public frustration with the repeated scandals that have plagued the government, saying that “the public has lost faith in our ability to address ethical improprieties.” His proposed task force, he argued, would serve as the “precise ethics enforcement tool” needed.

But his pleas fell on deaf ears, as a number of council members argued that the task force would merely get in the way of work being done by the Council member Muriel Bowser’s (D-Ward 4) Committee on Government Operations, which has scheduled an Oct. 26 hearing to consider nine proposals for everything from stricter campaign finance reporting standards to term limits. (The latter was introduced by Orange two weeks ago.)

Bowser, who circulated a memo yesterday in which she criticized Orange’s proposal, said that for any reform to be effective, it had to be deliberately conceived.

[Continue reading Martin Austermuhle’s post at DCist.com.]

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