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Kwame Brown Prepares To Lead D.C. Council

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Now that Vincent Gray is preparing to take over as mayor in D.C., his replacement on the city council is getting ready to pick up the reins.

Moments after his first press conference as council chair-elect ended, Kwame Brown faced his first real test -- a so-called 3 a.m. call politicians like to talk about.

An angry crowd of more than 100 people was gathering outside the Wilson building -- they wanted answers about a recent death, and they wanted to speak to someone in charge.

Brown was whisked out outside and handed a megaphone.

"Anytime that someone loses their life, that's a problem. And we need a full investigation, and I call...for a full investigation immediately," Brown told the crowd.

There will be little on-the-job training for Brown as council chair, and with the city's bleak budget picture, Brown has his work cut out for him. He says he looks forward to working with Gray, a former colleague on the council, but adds that the council will be not become a rubber stamp for the new mayor.

"We are going to be holding the executive accountable, making sure we have an independent council that makes sure that it represents the residents of the District of Columbia, who come first," Brown says.

Brown takes over in January.

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