"Diehards" rally to support Jack Evans fundraiser
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."