• Feb 22, 2011
Washington D.C. Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown finds himself in hot water over his choice of a work vehicle. According to The Washington Post, Brown ordered up a fully-loaded Lincoln Navigator L on the district's dime ahead of his January 2 inauguration, and more than a few eyebrows have been raised at the luxury SUV's $1,900 per month lease payment. Like most localities, our nation's capital is facing a sizeable budget shortfall this year – currently hovering at around $400 million.
But it gets worse from there. Brown reportedly demanded a black-on-black Navigator L for his personal use, and when the first vehicle showed up with a gray interior, he insisted the problem be rectified. As a result, Washington D.C. is currently paying to lease two Navigator L models at $1,900 month each, and the one with the gray cabin apparently can't be returned until October. Additionally, a dealer had to drive the inauguration vehicle from Coldwater, Michigan to Washington, D.C. at a cost of $1,500.

Brown, meanwhile, says that he never intended for the vehicle to be a fully loaded luxury SUV, and that he merely requested a black-on-black model. But The Washington Post reports that emails acquired via Freedom of Information Act requests show that the fully-loaded vehicle was sought per Brown's specifications. Thanks for the tip, Brady!

[Source: Washington Post | Image: Kris Connor/Getty Images]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      That $1900 has to be some kind of kick back. But does this whole thing really surprise you??

      And for what its worth the federal government is not broke and will probably never be broke.
      • 3 Years Ago
      We need to bring sensibility back to Washington.

      For far to long Politicians have squandered the American people's money on things just like this!

      Out goes the old in comes the new.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Brian,

        I never said that holding a political position required didn't "accountability and integrity". You simply assumed a statement that gave a limited insight into my opinion.

        Just remember - power corrupts.

        As so, power is the difference between old and "rookie" politicians.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I totally agree. The American public should expect more from our public servants. Negotiating a contract like that is just plain redicilous. For $1900 a month he should have gotten himself a Panamera, that would have made it a much better situation. Porsche was running a special on the base Panamera's for $1880 per month with no money down, and that's an $85,000 car, that's not bad if you ask me.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I think he actually was the 'new'. It's about accountability and integrity, whether seasoned or rookie politician.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Balla be ballin yo, don't hate...
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think there is a two year old chevy cobalt in the motor pool with this guys name written all over it.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The article forgot to mention the 22" DUBs, tinted windows and air bag suspension. Basically, he is emulating the drug dealers of the city. Coincidence?
      • 3 Years Ago
      You think that's a lot for a Navigator? The article also states:

      The D.C. police ordered a "fully loaded" 2011 Navigator L for Gray, at $1,941 a month. Gray's office ordered a new Lincoln Town Car for staff use, at $1,785 a month.

      $1785 a month for a Town Car?!?! I certainly hope that's a one-year finance deal!
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love how these politicians act like they're entitled to squander taxpayer money as part of their job. I'm sure if anyone did a little digging they would find much bigger abuses by much more prominent politicians.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Heh heh heh...you don't have to look far across the DC line to PG County to see arguably the most corrupt black-dominated government in the nation.

        But let's not bash PG County...they're just sitting back whistling Dixie (well, maybe not Dixie...) that it's not PG's new county executive under the magnifying glass of public opinion this time.
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is exactly the kind of government spending and waste that needs to stop. It's happening at all levels of government. Time and time again we hear these kinds of stories.

      A public servant should never get a $1900/month lease vehicle. How can something this extravagant ever get approved? Spending at all levels of government is so out of control it's criminal.

      I'm a "teabagger" -- I don't want to see my children's future destroyed because this country is bankrupted.

        • 3 Years Ago
        That is the name the people on the left who hate the tea party keep calling us. My point is, call us names or not -- I don't care what you call me as long as it isn't a citizen from a bankrupt country.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I almost spit out my coffee on my monitor, did you just say you are a teabagger?
        • 3 Years Ago
        You're Greg Paulus?
        • 3 Years Ago
        I agree such a govt.official shouldn't get a car, much less this one. But, "teabagger", seriously?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Navigator? Nice. All the Wisconsin Teachers want is to continue getting $90k a year, Free Viagra, and free health care coverage for life on the taxpayers dime! What's the fuss?

        They've gotta get some tips from Kwame! All that free viagra AND all that room in the back of the Navigator could go a long way!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like Navigator is the troublesome brand for all Kwames in government positions: Detroit's former mayor Kwame Kilpatrick also leased loaded Navigator for his family members for $24,995 in taxpayer's funds. Well, at least I applaud their choices siding with the American made products.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Kwame Brown? He probably bought it with all the money he stole from MJ and the Wizards
        • 3 Years Ago
        Not the same Kwame Brown.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The monthly payment sounds like a house payment. But are any of us suprised a concil man would be corrupted in D.C.? I was in D.C. for a week last year, with horrible roads with potholes that could break a axle, and cops with speed traps and HOV traps everywhere.
      • 3 Years Ago
      What in the hell is he thinking? Does he need a vehicle that can carry seven?! or fourteen in his case. This idiot must be fired.!! Period. Send him back to wherever he came from and find a real job!
      They need to run D.C. like a corporation and just hand out chevy cruze/fusion choice and be done with it. If they want some stupid car like that, then go buy one on their own dime.
        • 3 Years Ago
        IF DC was run as a corporation Kwame would have whatever dang car he wanted. And the only people he would answer to would be the board of directors.

        Sort of like being an elected official. The only people Kwame answers to are the people of his district and the other members of the city council who elected him among themselves as the council chairman.

        If Kwame's constituents (who let it not be said are not above klepping a little for themselves here and there) think he's over the top he won't get reelected and won't be council chairman in awhile. And if he's really bad the rest of the council may have to elect a new chairman. If he's unethical, they can slap his wrist...God knows they've had enough experience slapping the sheet out of Marion Barry.
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