Brown denies shakeup is payback; Kastles win again; Birth of a nation

July 13, 2011 - 04:19 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, DC Council Chairman Kwame Brown denied that his decision to reassign keep committee posts was payback for a hard-hitting report on his pursuit of a “fully loaded” SUV. Brown defended the moves, announced yesterday, saying they were part of a long-promised reorganization and that the new arrangement would result in more cohesive oversight. The decision to oust Ward 6 Democrat Tommy Wells from the WMATA board has been widely perceived as a punishment for his report on Brown’s desire for a taxpayer-funded SUV as nice as the mayor’s.

The first segment of the show with Chairman Brown is here:

Brown also denied that he misled reporters about the investigating his 2008 campaign, and he downplayed comments from the chairman of the Board of Elections and Ethics, Togo West, who referred the inquiry to the U.S. Attorney because he thinks there may have been criminal wrongdoing. And he sought to distance himself from his own campaign, saying the Committee to Re-Elect Kwame Brown is different from Kwame Brown the man. He said that the committee (who he didn’t identify) is paying attorney/lobbyist Fred Cooke Jr. his normal fee, though he didn’t say what that rate is. Cooke represents firms that do business with the DC government.

Full video and more, after the jump...

We also talked today with Washington Kastles coach Murphy Jensen and the team’s owner, Mark Ein, about the team’s 7-0 start. Last night the Kastles defeated Eastern Conference rival New York before a packed house at the club’s new stadium in Southwest DC.

Lastly, Sirius/XM host Joe Madison talked about his recent trip to Africa, during which he witnessed ceremonies marking the birth of the Republic of South Sudan.

Thursday at 10am: DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier

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