Bowser to VO: Quit Your “Political Pandering”

Orange expected to introduce emergency ethics legislation Tuesday

By Alan Suderman - Loose Lips
|  Monday, Oct 3, 2011  |  Updated 6:43 PM EDT
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Bowser to Orange: Quit “Pandering”

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Ward 4 Council member Muriel Bowser just sent letter to her colleagues (but mostly to at-large Council member Vincent Orange) asking them not to support any emergency legislation having to do with ethics and good government.

Bowser is holding a committee hearing later this month on the multitude of ethics-related legislation and has promised to introduce a comprehensive ethics package by the end of this year. The hearing is a "critical step" that shouldn't be skipped over, Bowser said.

Orange apparently has other ideas. He's indicated he's going to introduce emergency legislation at tomorrow's council session to set up an ethics "task force" to study the city's ethics laws and recommend changes.

"Now is the time for a serious, deliberate discussion of the nine bills that sit in my committee, not for knee-jerk solutions or political pandering," Bowser said.

Orange couldn't immediately be reached for comment, but Bowser's indirect dig isn't the first time someone's accused him of pandering.

Bowser to VO: Quit Your “Political Pandering” was originally published by Washington City Paper on Oct 3, 2011

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