February 23, 2011, - 12:47 pm

Pimp My Ride: Liberal Politician Soaks America Edition

By Debbie Schlussel

Perhaps the title of this entry shouldn’t be “Pimp My Ride,” but “Pimp You Out for My Ride.”  That’s exactly what City Councilmen of the People’s Republic of Washington, DC are doing.  I guess poverty in Notheast and Southeast DC has already been cured.  And Washington needs to get rid of the extra money somehow . . . like on some pimped out, fully loaded luxury SUVs.

Wash, DC Councilman Kwame Brown Pimps Taxpayers Out For His Ride

Is Washington, DC’s City Council running the District of Columbia .  .  . or is it stocking up for a hip-hop video shoot?  Hard to tell. But what is very easy to tell is that, ultimately, American taxpayers–who subsidize Washington, DC big-time–are the ones actually footing the bill. You really have to read this to believe the utter chutzpah of Washington City Councilman Kwame Brown.  And you have to ask yourself why the poor of Washington, DC are not rioting and demonstrating over this the way liberals in Wisconsin and elsewhere are rioting against Governors who want to balance budgets?

Taxpayers in the District of Columbia, which faces a budget shortfall of $400 million, have paid to lease two deluxe Lincoln Navigators for the head of the City Council at a cost of about $3800 a month.

After getting elected chairman of the D.C. City Council in November, Kwame Brown asked for a black Lincoln Navigator L, with a DVD player for the back seat, a power moonroof, polished aluminum wheels and an all-black interior.

When the Public Works Department delivered a black Navigator with a gray interior, Mr. Brown’s office told the city to send it back.

“He was just very clear he wanted black on black,” said Brown spokeswoman Traci Hughes. “It doesn’t show as much dirt and wear and tear.”

Public Works’ employees found a second Navigator in Coldwater, Mich. But Mr. Brown was disappointed to learn on delivery that the SUV had a tan-and-black interior. He decided to keep the car anyway and return the first one to the city.

And, of course, after he got caught, Brown is suddenly a friend of the taxpayer:

Mr. Brown said in a statement Tuesday that the cost of the two vehicles was “unacceptable.”

He returned the Navigator with the tan-and-black interior to the city on Tuesday. The city council chairman said he would reimburse the city for use of the vehicle, but not the first Navigator, which was returned to Public Works in December.

Mr. Brown, who was first elected to the council in 2004, said he would reimburse the city for use of the second Navigator after the city attorney general’s office completed a renegotiation of the lease agreement. . . .

His spokeswoman said Mr. Brown would use his personal car from now on.

Isn’t it interesting how Kwame Brown suddenly will live like everyone else and pay for his own car . . . now that he’s been exposed? Whatta saint.

Typical liberal. They whine about the poor and the homeless. But when it comes to actually helping the less fortunate, well . . . they’re too busy helping themselves to the money and perks that might have helped the poor and the homeless, etc. This dude isn’t even a “limousine liberal.” He’s a tax-funded-limousine liberal.

The Washington Post first reported the two Lincolns, citing city emails obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.

Traditionally, both the mayor and the council chairman receive their own leased vehicles. Other elected council members are allowed to use vehicles from a city motor pool.

Mayor Vincent Gray, a Democrat, stood by Mr. Brown as some city Republicans demanded the council chairman reimburse the city for both vehicles.

Mr. Gray, according to The Washington Post, has a city-leased Navigator, as well as a Lincoln Town Car leased for his security detail.

The Detroit City Council members have tax-paid free cars, too. The thing is, they’re already handsomely paid, at over $80,000 a year. Why should any City Council members of any city have taxpayer-funded cars?

If you want to go somewhere and/or drive to work, buy and pay for your own damn car. . . like everybody else. You are not royalty. You are elected officials.

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Some politicians, including – or perhaps especially – those from allegedly “aggrieved” backgrounds, enter office with a sense of entitlement. “It’s my turn now. And I’m getting what’s due me” seems to be the mindset. It’s what allows our current President to enjoy a night on the town (Broadway) which, after considering the security detail, the use of Air Force One, helicopters and limos, had to cost a million dollars at least. All paid for courtesy of the taxpayers. Or a week’s getaway with friends and family to the coast of Spain. (Yep. We paid for that too.)

Raymond in DC on February 23, 2011 at 1:31 pm

I heard the mayor trying to explain this away. He blamed his security team for ordering the vehicles. “It done be someone’s elses fault” is always the excuse given.

But that is not all. The mayor appointed several of his cronies who worked on his campaign to $100,000+/yr jobs. In fact, he expanded the number of $100,000+/yr jobs to accomodate them. It gets better. He also appointed (or got jobs) for the children of theses same cronies in the DC government. They, too, are getting high pay. The mayor’s response? “They should be discriminated against because of who their parents are!”

In the same interview, the mayor says that he wants statehood (two senators and a voting congressman) for DC.

Jonathan Grant on February 23, 2011 at 1:33 pm

He says he’ll repay the city for the expenses? That’ll be the day. And the mayor blames the security team? What? No oversight? Problem is that the citizens of D.C. will forget about this in a week.

BobOnStatenIsland on February 23, 2011 at 1:39 pm


You’re assuming they actually read their newspaper. Based on what little I know about the DC school system they probably can’t read it.

Steve on February 23, 2011 at 1:53 pm

To fair, all of our politicians get taxpayer-funded cars. They’re supposed to be used only for official business. But the line gets blurred when they use them for personal or family functions.

Stories like this in the Wall Street Journal feed into the sense the political class lives in a different world – and they do, insulated from all the concerns, stresses and demands of life most people face. That’s exactly why government can’t seem to address our most urgent problems because politicians never have to face them.

NormanF on February 23, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    Actually, only those in leadership positions are supposed to get cars. The average congressman and senators do not get cars; they have to resort to kickbacks to pay for their wheels. Councilman are not entitled to cars as they are not leadership. Of course, here in DC “everyman be a king!”

    Jonathan Grant on February 23, 2011 at 2:33 pm

Black vs grey vs tan-and-black? Are you sure he didn’t have problems w/ fabric vs leather seats, the latter which could be heated? Maybe he didn’t like the woodgrain deck in the front.

He’s concerned about the dirt, & wear & tear? How much does it cost to visit a carwash, even every day? Just assuming that he gets it thoroughly cleaned daily, it would be ~$600 a month – far less than $3800.

And I thought women were picky about these things!

Infidel Pride on February 23, 2011 at 2:39 pm

What is the power in the name” Kwame”?/ does it mean something in Swaheli like” I’s gonna get fat offa this hog”??

bobby99 on February 23, 2011 at 8:23 pm

Debbie you hit it the nail on the head about this travesty. The councilman got caught with both hands in two cookie jars and now he is doing what liberals do best, PR damage control. Not that this really matters since the people of DC will vote this guy no matter what he does unless he kills someone popular or rapes someone. Just is sad that these areas of large government subsidies, will always ask for more money, not know the people to manage their money is robbing them right under their feet.

Mario on February 23, 2011 at 9:41 pm

Of course they aren’t rioting. I am certain that many of his constituents consider it “cool” to blow taxpayer money on pimped out rides.

DonkeyDonk on February 24, 2011 at 9:41 am

Also, that is $45,600 a year on SVU leases. That is the salary of a good teacher, but of course none want to teach in that hell hole.

DonkeyDonk on February 24, 2011 at 9:41 am

The new swearing-in oath: ” I do solemnly swear to uphold the duties of my BLING! and protect the citizens of BLING! using the powers vested in this BLING! so help me, BLING! BLING!”

DS_Rocks! on February 24, 2011 at 12:40 pm

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