FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 20, 2019
Contact: Marina Streznewski, firstname.lastname@example.org
Statement From Patrick Kennedy in Response to Latest Developments in Jack Evans Ethics Scandal
Washington, DC - In response to news that Councilmember Jack Evans announced his resignation from the Metro Board in the wake of evidence that he used his public position for personal gain, Ward 2 Council candidate Patrick Kennedy released the following statement:
"I called for Councilmember Evans to step down from the Metro Board a month ago, and what has been revealed this week about the exact nature of his unethical conduct at WMATA is even more disturbing than I had imagined. His resignation from the Board is necessary, but not sufficient.
"Councilmember Evans needs to present compelling exculpatory evidence to refute the findings made by the law firm in the WMATA report, or he needs to resign from his Council seat. His actions as a Metro Board member bear directly on his Council duties, since he is the Council's principal representative on that body.
"In any event, it's very unlikely that the pattern of unethical behavior described in the memo was isolated to his role at WMATA, which is why at minimum it is imperative that the Council investigate his actions more generally -- something it should have initiated months ago.
"Separately, I find the actions taken by Corbett Price to attempt to cover up and whitewash the WMATA investigation to be completely unacceptable. He should no longer be on the Board.
"Metro is too important to the District of Columbia and Ward 2 specifically for our elected leaders to tolerate the shocking display of governance breakdown, venality, and incompetence on display with its Board of Directors."