Sulaimon Brown Allegations - Fact or Fiction?

Barrington M. Salmon | 6/9/2011, 7:33 a.m.
Brown, the Center of a Media Circus...
Former District of Columbia mayoral candidate Sulaimon Brown is sworn-in at a D.C. Council committee investigation hearing. Brown saidMayor Vincent Gray (D), paid him to discredit then-Mayor Adrian Fenty. / Photo by Khalid Naji-Allah.

A defiant Brown questioned Mary Cheh's (D-Ward 3) legal knowledge and qualifications to serve as a law professor; called David A. Ca-tania (I-At Large) a "racist," and challenged the impartiality and integrity of the District's elected officials.

Finally, a clearly exasperated Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) told Brown to "shut up." The bizarre nature of the proceedings prompted Barry, 75, to say he'd "never been in a hearing like this before."

The strange turn of events comes against the backdrop of inappropriate behavior, lapses of judgment and perhaps outright theft by city officials. The new D.C. Council Chairman, Kwame R. Brown, 40, is said to have refused to drive a Chevy Tahoe and instead ordered two fully-loaded SUVs despite the District of Columbia's financial woes.

Publicity surrounding his actions led him to relinquish a fully-loaded black-on-black Chevy Escalade.

In the early days of the administration, Gray was pressured to dismiss his chief of staff, Gerri Mason Hall, after published reports said that the children of top city officials were given District jobs.

And in recent days, the District's attorney general's office has leveled charges against Council member Harry Thomas Jr. (D-Ward 5) of diverting in excess of $300,000 of taxpayer funds for his personal use to travel to Las Vegas and Pebble Beach, Calif., and also to purchase a $59,000 Audi SUV. Thomas has denied any wrongdoing. WI

Former District of Columbia mayoral candidate Sulaimon Brown reviews his notes during his testimony before a D.C. Council commit-tee investigating allegations as to whether Mayor Vincent Gray (D), paid him to discredit then-Mayor Adrian Fenty during the mayoral campaign and promised employment to Brown in exchanged for his support. The hearing took place on Monday, June 6 at the John A. Wilson Building in Northwest. / Photo by Khalid Naji-Allah