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Kwame Brown disavows aggressive tweets from his account

Whoever was tweeting from @KwameBrownDC got some good jabs in. (Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)

Today was a bittersweet day for the Brown family. In federal court this morning, Che Brown pleaded guilty to a felony bank fraud charge, but afterward prosecutors acknowledged the plea would bring a two-year-long investigation of brother Kwame R. Brown’s 2008 D.C. Council campaign to a close.

Kwame Brown, for about seven minutes, appeared to celebrate with a bout of feisty tweeting:

11:29 a.m.

Annotation: @kcivey (progressive activist Keith Ivey) had just tweeted that @patmara (at-large council candidate Patrick Mara) had detailed what would be his first bill — to allow independents to vote in partisan primaries — on @discussdc (a WPFW-FM politics talk show).

11:30 a.m.

Annotation: @tomsherwood (WRC-TV reporter Tom Sherwood) had just livetweeted from a D.C. Council hearing that David A. Catania (I-At Large) had suggested that Chief Financial Officer Natwar M. Gandhi ought to resign.

11:31 a.m.

Annotation: Ditto. Note that Kwame Brown has been known to refer to himself in the third person.

11:33 a.m.

Annotation: @dizzyluv25 (Fairfax Village activist Veronica Davis) had just mentioned @kinlowdc (Discuss D.C. co-host Eugene Dewitt Kinlow). “Chuck” refers to Chuck Thies, Discuss D.C.’s co-host.

11:35 a.m.

Annotation: Sherwood had just tweeted about Evans telling Gandhi to focus on the “proper management” of his office and referencing Gandhi’s “great reputation.” 

11:36 a.m.

Annotation: @talking_bowtie (construction industry lobbyist and political activist Eric Jones) had just called Discuss D.C. “the best political show in town.” Note that Brown and Thies have been locked in a political blood feud going back years.

Then, at 1 p.m., Brown asked his followers to “disregard all tweets.”

“That was NOT me,” he wrote. “My phone was stolen this a.m. I respect you both. Phone cut off now.”

What remains unclear: How Brown’s phone was stolen, given that he is under home detention pursuant to the sentence for his own bank fraud charge. Also, how his phone could have been stolen by a person familiar enough with District politics to tweet as he did.

I reached out to Brown via Twitter this afternoon; I have not heard back. 

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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