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D.C. public officials fight over Nats suite

Apr 18, 2012, 5:44 PM EDT

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Things that happen when publicly-funded stadiums are built: elected officials fight over the freebies:

In what’s become a spring tradition, some D.C. Council members are suspicious of how council Chairman Kwame R. Brown (D) has been distributing the free tickets that the Washington Nationals hand out to local elected officials for each home game.

Seems this year, the problems stem from the Washington Nationals’ scaling back the number of suites that elected officials can use at Nationals Park.

Seems the mayor doesn’t like to share with city council. Also seems the Nats give out free tickets elsewhere in the park, along with free parking passes.  I presume it’s hard to figure out how all of that works, especially when the team is doing better like it is now.

I criticize public stadiums a lot, but usually I resist throwing in “the elected officials just want free tickets” argument because it seems kinda petty and irrelevant. But I do sorta think that they like getting those freebies. The fact that people get all grumpy about it like this tends to underscore it.

  1. seanb20124 - Apr 18, 2012 at 6:20 PM

    Washington DC is a well run city!

    • Old Gator - Apr 18, 2012 at 7:43 PM

      Where’s Marion Barry when you really need him?

      • jimbo1949 - Apr 18, 2012 at 7:50 PM

        The Mayor for Life is now a Councilman for Life. Still being set up.

  2. mybrunoblog - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:23 PM

    Why are these douche bags getting free tickets? F them. Give out some free tix to school kids who excel or some hard up for $ little league teams.
    In Washington D.C. city politics is a sad joke. No wonder half the city looks like Berlin in 1945.

    • jaguar0413 - Apr 19, 2012 at 5:06 PM

      um they are getting free tickets because they paid $600 million for a new stadium. duh.

      Also, half of DC doesn’t look like Berlin in 1945. Why don’t you try visiting the city before you say things that are patently untrue? Crime is low and the economy is much better than in other parts of the country.

  3. dcfan262 - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:56 PM

    I have meet the mayor of DC and can say that the district of Columbia is being ran by idiots with no clue. All this will change in the next years when there will be some competent people in charge. This might come sooner then later with half the city leader being ringed up on corruption charges. They are a bunch of animals milking the system.

    • skids003 - Apr 19, 2012 at 8:23 AM

      They is what they is.

  4. dagnats - Apr 19, 2012 at 12:50 AM

    As a dc resident I can say with confidence the city council is a joke….our mayor is a crook too, I miss tony williams and adrian fenty…on a side note, go gnats!

  5. kingbuccaneer - Apr 19, 2012 at 1:18 AM

    Ah damn, that means that actually have to spend their OWN money, like the rest of us schmucks…

    • jaguar0413 - Apr 19, 2012 at 5:08 PM

      uh they already spent $600 million of everyone else’s money. haha

  6. nolanwiffle - Apr 19, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    Home rule has failed the residents of DC for close to 40 years now.

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