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Good morning Georgetown, here’s the latest:
Filed under The Morning Metropolitan
Tagged as Hyde-Addison, Jack Evans
Explain one thing to me – it is legit for Tommy Wells (your boy, I know) and Mary Cheh to spend countless evenings in the taxpayer funded suites at Verizon and Nats Park, but Evans can’t buy tickets to then give away to schools, seniors, etc. in his ward? Seems a bit inconsistent, dontcha think?
Regardless of whether Evans’s purchases are considered legitimate (and reasonable minds can disagree), it seems like this is a good opportunity for the Council to define what constituent services are intended for, and to put in real transparency measures so that we can find out where this constituency services money is going (as well as where it’s coming from). You don’t have to be a conspiracy theorist to feel uncomfortable about large slush funds being used for most unknown purposes.
While we’re at it, I’m all for scrapping the Mayor/Council boxes at each of the local stadiums/arenas.
A couple things:
-I don’t think I’d call Tommy Wells “my boy”. I support him, but it’s not like I’ve ever even met the guy.
-I actually do think the Council’s Verizon center box seats are a huge problem. They gave Pollin $50 million in the form of bonds to buy a new scoreboard. In exchange, he gave the council the tickets. That’s a pretty blatant pay off if you ask me. So yeah, I think every one of those tickets should go to charitable organizations to either be used or sold. I don’t think any of the councilmembers should attend the games or even get credit for donating the tickets. If Wells or Cheh or whoever are using the tickets, they should be criticized.
-Finally, where did I say Evans shouldn’t be able to use his constituent services fund this way? I just joked that he’s a good person to ask for tickets, which sure seems to be the case.
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