Reaction to today’s interview with former DC government auditor Sulaimon Brown was mixed.
Some of the people who offered comments online or via e-mail thought it was riveting television. Others think Brown is so lacking in credibility he doesn’t deserve to be on TV.
His central claim continues to be that his job, at the DC Dept. of Health Care Finance, was a “thank you” from Mayor Vince Gray for the harsh criticism then-candidate Brown would fling at Mayor Fenty during the 2010 campaign. He accuses city officials of manufacturing documents to discredit him. And although many have questioned his credentials, Brown insists he was qualified for the job – and that it was wrong for city officials to get security guards to usher him from the building when he was abruptly fired last week (something one official admitted last week was a mistake).
Brown used harsh terms to describe Gray, who just last week he referred to as “a great mayor.” He says he’s retained a lawyer, and he appears inclined to sue the city over his dismissal.
We’re awaiting response to these explosive charges from the mayor’s office, and we’ll update this post as we get them.
Councilman David Catania (I-At Large) has rejected Brown’s claim, repeated today, that the lawmaker threatened to interfere with HCF administrator Wayne Turnage’s confirmation unless the burgeoning Brown controversy was dealt with.
You can hear Brown’s comments in full. Part one of our Q&A re-airs today at 4pm, 6pm and 8:30pm on NewsChannel 8. Segment 2 is here:
We also talked today with Dr. Morton Sherman, the Alexandria Schools Superintendent who has proposed lengthening the school day and the school year. He made the case for his proposal, discussed the impact it would have on teachers, and acknowledged mistakes in how his proposal was unveiled. We also talked at length about how teachers are evaluated, and whether they should have tenure. The first segment of our Q&A with Dr. Sherman re-airs at the times listed above.
Tuesday at 10am: Dels. Tim Hugo (R) and Adam Ebbin (D) recap the just-completed Va. General Assembly session. Also: Prince George’s Executive Rushern Baker.