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Norton Dismayed by Charges Against Brown, but Gratified After Speaking With D.C. Committee Chairmen


Location: Washington, DC

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today released the following statement following the resignation of Kwame Brown as Chairman of the City Council of the District of Columbia.

"I know that my own sadness and disappointment about the charges facing Kwame Brown are shared by my fellow D.C. residents. Kwame Brown has done the right thing by resigning quickly. Now, it is up to elected leaders and residents to lose no time moving ahead. Council member Mary Cheh, the council president pro tempore, is quickly taking the first steps to stabilize the council and to prepare for the election of an interim chair. The Council has just passed another balanced budget and can be expected to keep the city on sound footing.

"I had very gratifying conversations today with Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), chairmen of the House committee and subcommittee, respectively, with jurisdiction over the District of Columbia, concerning Kwame Brown's resignation. The city is fortunate to have chairmen who have continued to work with us on vital matters affecting the District throughout this unprecedented period of investigations involving the city's elected leaders. I very much appreciate the continuing willingness of Chairmen Issa and Gowdy to discuss matters where Congress can be helpful to the District."

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