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Cheh Approves Council's Decision To Select Mendelson

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D.C. Council member Mary Cheh at the council dais in January.
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D.C. Council member Mary Cheh at the council dais in January.

Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh says the council made the right decision selecting At-large Councilman Phil Mendelson to serve as interim council chairman until a special election this fall. Speaking on WAMU's Morning Edition, Cheh says Mendelson would be able to move the council forward.

"He's a hard worker, and people feel comfortable that he'll put us back on a steady course," Cheh says.

But she was less enthusiastic when asked about her support for the new chairman pro temp Michael Brown. Brown pleaded guilty in 1997 to misdemeanor campaign finance violations, and some people have raised questions about his integrity.

You know there's that expression, you have to play the cards that you're dealt. And if you had Mr. Mendelson as chair, he would have sitting next to him someone with whom he could work and have confidence.

The other candidate was Councilmember Vincent Orange, who may challenge Mendelson in the special election. Cheh says that could have meant two council leaders undercutting each other.

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