D.C. Council Struggling To Subpoena Sulaimon Brown

Tuesday, Apr 26, 2011  |  Updated 3:03 PM EDT
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D.C. Council Struggling to Subpoena Sulaimon

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The allegations made by Sulaimon Brown, the former D.C. mayoral candidate who claims he was paid and promised a job by the campaign of Mayor Vince Gray, have prompted several outside probes.

The D.C. Council also wants to hear Brown's side of the story. There's just one problem: they haven't been able to track him down.

The council's best shot of subpoenaing Brown may have been earlier this month. After telling the press he was boycotting an April 8 hearing on the Gray administration's hiring practices, Brown burst on the scene, held court with reporters for a few minutes, and then exited out the front door -- just moments before council staff could serve him a subpoena.

After that incident, the D.C. Council's Office of the Secretary hired an outside firm to find Brown and serve him the subpoena, but so far it hasn't had any luck.

Council member Mary Cheh, who is leading the council's investigation into the administration's hiring practices, says Brown is clearly playing a game of hide-and-seek.

"If he's maintaining that hes not, let him come forward and we will hand it to him right here," says Cheh. "Let him come here and I'll give it to him right here.

Reached by cell phone, Brown says he is not avoiding the subpoena but has no plans of cooperating with the council. The next hearing on the administration's personnel practices, the one Brown may or may not make, is scheduled for Friday.

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