Navigatorgate Likely Headed to Court, AG Spokesman Says

City still at odds with leasing company

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    A Lincoln Navigator leased for D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown.

    The saga of D.C. Council Chairman Kwame "Fully Loaded" Brown's love affair with taxpayer-funded luxury SUVs is likely headed to court. That, at least, is the word from Ted Gest, spokesman for Attorney General Irv Nathan.

    Yesterday LL provided an update on the long-running Navigatorgate affair, which blew up exactly one year and four days ago after the Washington Post published internal city emails showing that Brown put the city on the hook for not one, but two pricey Lincoln Navigators because he was particular about the vehicle's color scheme.

    After the public uproar caused by the Post article, Brown returned the Navigator he was driving and the attorney general set about extricating the District from the leases it had for both vehicles. The District has already settled with one of the leasing companies that provided the Navigator Brown actually drove. But the city is still apparently at odds with the leasing company that provided the other Navigator that Brown rejected.

    Brown has pledged to pay the city back for his use of the nearly $2,000-a-month Navigator that he drove for a short period, but so far hasn't done so.

    As for the contract dispute, Gest writes in an email to LL: "I’m told this will likely end up in court, timing uncertain."

    Rest assured that LL will keep you posted if/when this drama winds up in the legal system.

    Navigatorgate Likely Headed to Court, AG Spox Says was originally published by Washington City Paper on Feb 24, 2012