WASHINGTON – Sulaimon Brown, who accused Mayor Vincent Gray (D) and his administration of pay-to-play practices, refused to testify before the D.C Council April 7.

Brown left the government operations hearing led by Councilmember Mary Cheh, who called a five-minute recess.

The former special assistant in the Department of Health Care Finance and mayoral candidate was the key witness in a Council probe into possible hiring improprieties in the new administration.

“She’s the friend of a man who’s a crook,” Brown said in reference to Cheh and Gray.

Right after, Cheh spoke with the press and signed a subpoena to mandate Brown’s testimony.

The probe came when Brown, after he was fired from his $115,000 salary job, accused Gray and members of his campaign team of paying him to attack then-incumbent Mayor Adrian Fenty in the 2010 mayoral primary. He also said he was promised a job for his efforts.

Thursday’s hearing was the second installment in the investigation led by Cheh. Witnesses included Linda Wharton-Boyd, who works in the executive office of the mayor, and Gerri Mason Hall, Gray’s recently fired chief of staff who was responsible for the administration’s hires.


Erica Butler

AFRO Staff Writer