Paid for by Committee to Recall Jim Graham
627 Columbia Road, NW
Washington, DC 20001
RECALL OF: Jim Graham, Ward 1 Councilmember
Proposer(s) of Recall: Lenwood 0. Johnson 627 Columbia
Road, NW, Washington, DC 20001
We, the undersigned, being qualified registered voters in
the District of Columbia, request that the District of Columbia Board of
Elections and Ethics hold a recall election, as prescribed in Charter
Amendment No. 2, to Title IV of the District of Columbia Self-Government
and Governmental Reorganization Act (D.C. Official Code §§ 1-204.111
STATEMENT OF GROUNDS FOR RECALL OF:
Jim Graham, Ward 1 Councilmember
I seek to recall Jim Graham, Ward One Councilmember, for
the following reasons:
After being involved in an argument
and a physical fight with a driver that ended with a friend of Graham's
being locked up on a misdemeanor assault charge, Graham tried to
intimidate the police by filing an unfounded complaint against them.
On March 5, 2003, Graham gave false testimony to the
D.C. Alcohol Beverage Control Board in a misguided effort to close down
a legally operating African-American business on Georgia Avenue.
Graham voted to deny free textbooks
to D.C. Public School students.
As a member of the Metro Board, Graham voted to
increase bus fares without adequate justification and without requesting
the Federal Government to pay its fair share of the costs of running
Graham refused to help Ward One
senior citizens who requested his help in securing sand bags in
anticipation of Hurricane Isabel.
Graham co-sponsored legislation to
ban the sale of a single container of beer.
In 2002, Graham organized an illegal
group who unlawfully used the name "Ward One Democrats", and
he placed a member of his council staff as the chairman of the illegal
ANSWER BY: Jim Graham. Ward I Councilmember
TO NOTICE OF INTENT TO RECALL
Response of Councilmember Jim Graham to the false and
misleading statements of Lenwood Johnson.
Lie #1: I work closely with the police. The police
complaint I filed involved only concerns relating to how I was treated
on this occasion.
Lie #2: Lenwood Johnson supports a strip club on Georgia
Avenue. I do not. There is no false testimony.
Lie #3: Children in DC Public Schools have had free
textbooks for more than 100 years. There has never been an effort to
deny textbooks by me or anyone else.
Lie #4: I voted to increase Metro fares after extensive
public hearings and discussion. The Metro Board is working to get the
federal government to pay its fair share.
Lie #5: We did not refuse to help. Instead we tried to
get the sandbags but there were none available.
Lie #6: The singles sale bill applied only to Ward Four.
I believe this action should be taken neighborhood by neighborhood.
Lie #7: The Ward One Democratic Party election was the
legal election, formally organized and run by the DC Democratic Party.