"Diehards" rally to support Jack Evans fundraiser

Photo by The Georgetown Dish
Jill Nevious, Jack Evans, Bill Schweitzer and Georgetown's Pat Allen, D.C. Assistant Attorney General
Jill Nevious, Jack Evans, Bill Schweitzer and Georgetown's Pat Allen, D.C. Assistant Attorney General

Ginger and John Laytham graciously hosted a constituent services fundraiser for D.C. Councilmember Jack Evans at the Old Ebbitt Grill Thursday. Evans said the Council recently raised the limit on individual members' constituent services fund to $80,000  from $40,000. The funds are used to help needy constituents pay bills and address community expenses. Councilmember Evans saluted attendees for coming despite the weather. "You are the diehards, braving the weather to come."  Traffic was light and parking was a breeze downtown. Evans complimented the new mayor on handling the weather. "Mayor Gray is doing a great job on the snow, the streets are clean." 

Neighborhood leaders like Mahdi Leroy Thorpe, with his wife Aissatou and daughter Fatima, joined Foggy Bottom's Barbara Kahlow and Jill Nevious, Georgetown's Pat Allen and At-large Council candidate Wayne Dickson. Major League Baseball attorney Bill Schweitzer, a fellow Baker & Hostetler alum of Evans, and ANC Commissioners Alex Padro (Shaw), Will Stephens, Mike Feldstein and Victor Wexler (Dupont Circle) showed their support for Evans at the cocktail-hour event.

Twenty-year-plus incumbent Evans reminded consituents of their relatively easy foul-weather circumstances. "This shows how great it is to live in Washington. I got home in 20 minutes [last night] and turned on the TV and laughed at people stuck in their cars."

Jack Evans (center) with from left Barbara Kahlow, Aissatou Dvame and daughter Fatima and husband Leroy Thorpe and attorney Chip Glasgow (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Jack Evans (center) with from left Barbara Kahlow, Aissatou Dvame and daughter Fatima and husband Leroy Thorpe and attorney Chip Glasgow

ANC Chair Alex Padro signs the petition to get Wayne Dickson of Logan Circle on the ballot for council-at-large (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) ANC Chair Alex Padro signs the petition to get Wayne Dickson of Logan Circle on the ballot for council-at-large
Chip Glasgow of Holland & Knight, Jack Evans, Susan Linsky, Roadside Development, and Will Stephens, chair of ANC 2B (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Chip Glasgow of Holland & Knight, Jack Evans, Susan Linsky, Roadside Development, and Will Stephens, chair of ANC 2B
Evans' staff members, Schannette Grant, Andrew Huff and Sarina Loy (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Evans' staff members, Schannette Grant, Andrew Huff and Sarina Loy
Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners: from ANC 2C, Alex Padro and from 2B, Will Stephens, Mike Feldstein and Victor Wexler (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners: from ANC 2C, Alex Padro and from 2B, Will Stephens, Mike Feldstein and Victor Wexler
Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans with John & Ginger Laytham, owners of Clyde's Restaurant Group, which includes Old Ebbitt Grill. (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans with John & Ginger Laytham, owners of Clyde's Restaurant Group, which includes Old Ebbitt Grill.

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Peter Rosenstein

I am a supporter of Jack Evans. But this does seem a little incongruous. He is opposed to raising taxes to provide needed services to the poor but is fine with asking his wealthier friends to donate to what is in essence a political slush fund so he can provide those services on his own.

I think that these constituent service funds should be totally abolished. Instead of raising private funds to help people who are in such desparate need those people should be able to go to either private charities or to the City for help.

Having each Councilmember set up what is in essence a private political charity makes no sense.

Anonymous

peter: tell that to the hundreds of people who benefit from these funds. who send their kids to camp, pay electric bills, bury their loved ones, etc. easy to criticize from where you sit in dupont.

Anonymous

"[Jack Evans] laughed at people stuck in their cars"

Nice guy.

Sarah Livingston

If I were a Council member, I would be guided by my constitutuents' stated needs to look for where in the DC government those needs are addressed and if they aren't to discuss it with other members as to whether or not they are receiving the same requests and what could the Council as the legislative body do about it if anything? Is a law needed or is it just a matter of better oversight and enforcement of already existing laws and better information to the entire public as to what services the government provides and those it does not.
I would also have a complete list of all non governmental resources available at all times to direct constituents to.
The current approach hides weaknesses in the governing system and enables them to continue. That is not a good thing and therefore, I am inclined to agree with Mr. Rosenstein.
To anonymous-I simply can not imagine how it would work if all of us were to go to our individual Councilmembers for the kinds of things you mentioned and if all of us--the whole public--can't go, then there is exclusion and discrimination going on no matter how much compassion may be brought into play to cloak it.

Martin

Sara Livinstone for DC Council!

Peter Rosenstein

As I said in my comment I am a supporter of Jack Evans and I didn't direct this comment only at Jack. It is an issue which all councilmembers should deal with.

As to you being "anonymous"- why do you think you need to hide who you are to respond. And why do you think you need to disparage people who live in Dupont. I am proud to live in Dupont and proud that I give generously to many charities and donate my time to organizations that do much of what you talk about as I am sure many others in Dupont do as well.

My concern is that personal charities set up with other people's money and lacking real controls, which is what these constituent funds are, often lead many people to think that the charity is done only for political gain even if that is not the case.

Again this isn't directed at Jack. It is a larger issue. Who makes the decisions on who to assist with this money? How do we know that it is going to actual needy individuals? Those are questions that the entire Council should be asked and answering. And why isn't the City or other charities in the City not meeting some of these legitimate needs? Maybe to keep this from being political one idea could be for all Council members could ask their constituents to donate money to a general fund run by the City, openly and transparently, instead of handing out the money themselves.

I would be happy to discuss this issue with anyone who wants to speak openly under their real name to talk about it. When you give opinions and even get nasty as "anonymous" the opinions tend to lose credibility even if you happen to be a credible person.

anonymous

If we had one real reporter in this town s/he would investigate such a bogus fund and find out if it is merely being used to help or otherwise enrich political supporters. Such a reporter wouldn't just swallow everything a politician shoves down her throat.

Why would a politician encourage people to donate to his own personal fund from which he can selectively and secretly help people rather than give to established charities and companies who can be held accountable and have no interest in being discriminatory.

DPR already has programs to help send kids to camp; PEPCO has programs to help people with their utility payments. The politician could at least be transparent about which funerals his sham fund has helped finance and stop pimping folks concern for the dead. Without full transparency nothing separates this fund or the event from fraud.

Thea Daniels

gee, ms. livingston - you are one brilliant lady. a list of ngos around town? wow! im sure none of the council members have ever thought of that!

the reality is our government cant help everyone. the nonprofits cant help everyone either. sometimes people are just really down on their luck and need a hand. hard for georgetown dish readers here to understand, i know.

i am glad these funds exist to help real people with real problems. all yall haters need to spend a little more time doing the same instead of talking trash about mr. evans who does good work in ward2.

Anonymous

Whoa....Jack doesn't do much for people who live in Shaw. But damnit if the Watergate millionaires have a NPS tree blocking their view. He will do everything for the Almighty Wealthy!

M Steele

Were any other Councilmembers at the event to show support for Evans? Was Cheh, who replaced him as Chair Pro Tempore, Chair Brown or Mendelson there? Other CMs seem to flock to events held by their colleagues.

How is it that this sterling LeroyThorpe.com character (the only one who dragged wife and child out through the inclement weather?) was the most prominent African American, aside from well paid staff, at the event?

Franco's example

Here on this site is a better example that any Councilmember might follow: http://www.thegeorgetowndish.com/thelatest/franco-chair-catholic-chariti...

Align him/herself with a reputable charity (in one's own ward perhaps), with oversight by DC's Office of Program Review, Monitoring and Investigation (OPRMI), and help serve constituents and citizens across the city:

Bread for the City, Ward 2
Emmaus Services for the Aging, Ward 2
PEPCO offices, Residential Aid Discount Program, Ward 2
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, Ward 2
etc.

Ms. Robinson

riiiiiight. nothing going on in shaw. dear lord - those people complain no matter what evans or ANYBODY does. no development? blame evans. development? blame evans.

we all would rather sit back and watch moulton and thorpe continue their embarrassing behavior (both communty "leaders" by the way). these guys need to stay on their meds and get a L-I-F-E.

shaw will always be shaw because of the likes of these two fools.

Long Time Rez

How perfect... all the wannabees and queen bees of cronyism together with their benefactor! Here's to another 20 years of finance and revenue oversight as the DC economy swirls around the edges of the toilet bowl.

Anonymous

I live in dc and it took me seven hours to make it home. Maybe it's because I don't live in georgetown or work downtown in the influence peddling industry. What a tool!

Anonymous

Took me about 2.5 hours to go three miles on the bus in the city and had to end up giving up and walking. I guess it's because I don't live in Ward Two and that I have to rely on public transportation to get to and from work...if only I was an overpaid councilmember.

Shaw Gentry

But, you see, this is how a rich white guy buys the votes of poor black people in a crappy neighborhood of Ward 2. This way they will never hassle him for doing nothing to improve their neighborhood and always voting for legislation in the interests of wealthy developers. This is the key to the lovey-dovey atmosphere in Ward 2, transcending race and class, as depicted above.

Lizzie

Evans is pro-development? THANK THE LORD!

Somebody on the council has to make deals with developers. no deals = no developers = no $$$ for roads, schools, libraries, etc. simple!

and it looks like shaw has gotten most of the development $$$ anyway, so god only knows what shaw gentry is talking about.

oh yeah - another shaw complainer! fits right in!

Anonymous

7 hours and you live in dc? you lie like a dog, man.

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