Tommy Wells Issues Statement on Guilty Plea by Former Councilmember Brown on Pay-to-Play and Bribery Charges

June 11, 2013

(Washington, DC) - Councilmember Tommy Wells issued the following statement after yesterday's guilty plea by former Councilmember Michael Brown on bribery charges and last evening's presentation of facts by U.S. Attorney Ron Machen.

To listen to Councilmember Wells full statement click here: 2013-06-11-TWells-on-MBrownPlea.mp3

Councilmember Wells' statement:

"This is pay-to-play laid bare.

"The culture of corruption appears deep and pervasive -- and it has broken the public trust with our city's elected leaders.

"This is why I continue to call for tougher medicine for DC elected officials. The Council passed the buck on meaningful ethics reform and it must be fixed. This Council voted 12-1 to defeat every effort to curb pay-to-play that I put forward and instead chose to protect business as usual, and protect their privilege. Nothing can stop our communities' progress faster than a continued culture of corruption.

"This is the time for leadership. This Council must move forward with strong and aggressive reforms that have real teeth to fill the gaps where so-called reform left the city coming up short."