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Screwing D.C.: the one thing all of Congress can agree on.™

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray and several members of the D.C. Council were arrested Monday at a protest on Capitol Hill, as city officials turned up the volume on their complaints about a federal spending deal that imposes controversial riders on the District.

Apparently Gray couldn’t stack the Capitol Police with his friends’ kids?

All that spoils stuff is fine though. At least he doesn’t employ Michelle Rhee. [WP]

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  • Barbara_i

    “I’m tired of being a pawn in a political game,” Gray said
    You've been upgraded to a Queen during your jail stint.

    • poncho_pilot

      a fellow inmate riding him hard in the saddle does not make them a Knight or him a horse.

  • nounverb911

    Couldn't Mayor Gray simply arrange for all of the DC garbage trucks to empty their loads on Boehners front yard and leave it at that?

    • WinterOuthouse

      Garbage men emptying their loads on Da Boner. Sounds…. slippery

      • nounverb911

        And satisfying.

      • Negropolis

        Sounds…like a typical Saturday night for duh Speaker.

      • LowProfileinGA

        Moar Santorum!

        • Andrew Drinker

          Soooo frothy…

          • horsedreamer_1

            Like a triple thick shake at my 11th grade job!

    • Cicada

      Since one of the riders affects D.C. abortion access, I vote for dumping a truckload of fetuses.

      • poncho_pilot

        and unlike a truckload of bowling balls…

  • DownFist Troll

    DC mayor arrested? No hookers? No Blow? What is this country coming to…

    • Texan_Bulldog

      Marion Barry, where hast thou gone? We miss you…at least until Kwame Kilpatrick gets out of the joint.

      • Negropolis

        Oh, Barry's still very much involved in the District. He's currently on the council.

  • WinterOuthouse

    Soon to be a prison pincushion

  • GregComlish

    I'm with Gray on this one. Those riders are total bullshit. DC sovereignty should not be used a bargaining chip in budget negotiations. If Republicans want to dictate DC politics then they should win an election for DC office or STFU.

    • MadBrahms

      What is it with these "minimal government" teabagger types stipulating what lower levels of government can / can't do? In WI, it was Walker telling cities they couldn't raise property taxes (thus forcing them to fuck unions); in DC, it's dictating where education funding and reproductive health money goes.

      This isn't "less" government, it's just "less local" government.

      • NorthStarSpanx

        Taxation without Representation in D.C., Representation without Taxation with the fetus demographic and Mat-Su residents able to testify against sexual orientation discrimination in Anchorage. . .

        I think the GOP has things very confused.

        There is no True North as long as Sarah keeps re-purposing the North Star for her insupportable ambition.

  • trampndirtdown

    That 's what happens when you get outside of the official protest cages.

    • Negropolis

      God, that sounds Orwellian.

  • ThankYouJeebus

    "The bitch set me up!"

    Ahh, how we long for the halcyon days Marion Barry.

    • Radio_______

      I wonder if they checked Mayor Gray's blood pressure this time around.

    • natl_indecency_cmdr

      for the young uns: "halcyon days" = "coked up"

  • SayItWithWookies

    What a historic day — sovereignty has just been elevated to the same level as hookers and crack on the list of great American values that DC mayors are willing to go to jail for. It's gettin' all respectable up in here.

    • NorthStarSpanx

      I'm impressed with the Mayor and the Council, good for them.

  • OC_LEVEL 7!!!_Serf

    Hell, Detroit could teach D.C. a thing or three about mayors and slammer-time…

    • PuckStopsHere

      Fucking A.

    • Negropolis

      Funny enough, I think Kwame Kilpatrick is the only sitting Detroit mayor to ever be indicted while in office. The last mayor of Detroit to be convicted of a felony was also Detroit's last Republican mayor, Louis Miriani, who was convicted of federal tax evasion after leaving office back in the 60's. The bastard only served 10 months.

      Kilpatrick's is really a sad story. This guy went from the only African American to ever lead a party in the Michigan legislature (house minority leader in 2001 before running for mayor), and one of the youngest, to a total Third World dictator in the matter of a few years. And, he did a really good job of hiding shit until he was caught, too.

      • horsedreamer_1

        Isn't his mother the former U.S. House member from Detroit? If so, all we need say — "Political families are like that; Bush, Kennedy, Romney, etc., etc., etc." Aristocracy!

        (Also: has the Congressional Black Caucus admitted the Afro-Bangladeshi who unseated Kwame's mother? (I still cannot get over the xenophobia of a fair number of blacks… They are, sometimes, just as much children of the South as any Teabagger.))

        • Negropolis

          Of course they did; his mom was black. I'm not sure I agree with you completely about the CBC. I think there is a difference between minority organizations and general populace organizations in almost every case.

  • Callyson

    From the WaPo article:
    Wayne Turnage, D.C. Department of Health Care Finance director, said the city has been billed for 117 elective abortions, totaling about $62,000…that figure includes abortions billed by two of the three managed-care organizations that have contracts with the city. The third, he said, has yet to submit billings for the period since abortions became covered.
    Unless that third organization has a near – monopoly on abortion coverage, this measure will save the taxpayers about the same amount of money as John Ensign paid in hush money to cover up his affair. How very…

    • finallyhappy

      NO, it must be billlions and billions of dollars being saved and hundreds of thousands of jobs created by that rider. Because that is what the teabagger GOP is about- job creation and the budget- I heard Boner say so.

  • pinkocommi

    As long as whatever stuff Gray is into does not involve diapers or men's bathrooms, he can rest assured he qualifies for more respect than David Vitter and Larry Craig combined.

  • GuyClinch

    Snark-off. You know what? I lived in DC for 20 years; now, due to my shitty financial situation, I live in suburban MD in a terrible group house in Wheaton. That said, I still have fealty to DC and get as pissed as ever by both Dems and Repblicunts who have no scruple about trampling on US Citizen rights just because they live in a constitutionally ambiguous plot of land known as the District of Columbia. I went to a free concert at the Library of Congress tonight, which I had been afraid would be cancelled in the event of a gov't shutdown. It was a gorgeous evening and I enjoyed many tall drinks at the Tune Inn on Capitol Hill, surveying how lovely our nation's capital is. For those of you haven't spent any length of time in DC neighborhoods (disregard the tourist spots, nice as they are–go hang out in Brightwood, or River Terrace, where real Americans live), you really don't know how sublime a city it can be. (I'm told my comment is too long by Intense Debate, so indulge while I finish in a follow-up)

  • GuyClinch

    Lovely night and all, I still, knowing that DC had once again been pissed on by the White House and both congressional parties, had a hard time fully enjoying myself, because while some fat Montanan still got his agriculture subsidy in this budget deal, and some spavined teabagger in Texas still got her underwritten grazing rights (free market, my ass), a hugely successful needle-exchange program was being undermined; local money could not be used for local, democratically endorsed purposes; and DC's money was once again being mandated for some social-experiment bullshit dictated by the GOP (mostly). Good for Vincent Gray to get arrested. I think an ongoing protest is more than called for. Thanks for your patience while I spouted off on parochial shit.

    Snark-on/ So which $2K/month Navigator did Council Chairman Kwame Brown send to bail out Mayor Gray?

    • emmelemm

      The irony of "taxation without representation" is not lost on everybody…

      • GuyClinch

        No shit. Now my voting representative is Chris van Hollen for what that's worth, plus two Dem senators. But still, there was something to being a taxpaying chump. Well, we're all chumps in the end any way you cut it.

  • CrankyLttlCamperette

    Nitpick: The Capitol Police are a federal agency and Lord knows, while Mayor Gray is having enough troubles with his friends on the DC payroll, there is no way he could get anyone on the Fed Payroll.

    • finallyhappy

      Not all that hard- people in not very high level jobs can get their kids into their agencies(not like the drunk in WI) at low level jobs and the kids can work their way up. Of course, the kids I know who got in had college degrees or were student employees while in college and started as clerks. Somehow, I never managed it for my own kids though.

  • GuyClinch

    Not dissing Wheaton, just the horrowshow group house I live in

  • hagajim

    He may have been fine if he just sat outside the Capitol and smoked crack.

  • MinAgain

    Bad boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna do?

    • horsedreamer_1

      Toastmaster Donny Trump on the mic!

  • ttommyunger

    You know how they are: anything for three hots and a cot.

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