Press Release: Harry Thomas, Jr. Must Go

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Robert Turner
June 17, 2011 (202) 253-1830 cell

HARRY THOMAS, JR. MUST GO!

WASHINGTON, DC – The DC Chapter of Log Cabin Republicans echoes the outrage heard across the District when it was learned that Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas, Jr. had been accused of steering hundreds of thousands of dollars from DC earmarks to non-profits in which he personally and politically benefited. As a result, DC Attorney General Irvin Nathan investigated Mr. Thomas due to in part, former challenger Tim Day and the DC GOP’s request. The Attorney General has filed a civil charge against Mr. Thomas for $1 million dollars. Subsequently, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia and the FBI have both confirmed they are investigating Mr. Thomas as well.

“Log Cabin member Tim Day got the ball rolling,” said DC Log Cabin President Robert Turner II. “Thanks to his tenacity and revelations, we’re finally starting to get to the bottom of how Mr. Thomas has used his office to enrich himself at taxpayer expense. It is revolting on many levels,” Turner advises. “First, because Mr. Thomas abused the power of his office. Second, because he claimed that the money going to ‘Team Thomas’ to benefit kids was actually going to the ‘Harry Thomas luxury SUV fund’. Third, because in a time of gaping budget deficits, Harry Thomas, Jr. chose to pick the pockets of taxpayers in order to line his own.

“We join Patrick Mara, State Board of Education member for Ward One, in calling for Thomas’s resignation,” Mr. Turner continued! “The residents of DC will get no respect from Congress so long as we are represented by crooks like Harry Thomas. If he has any common decency left, he’ll resign!

Short of that, the city council has the authority to, and should remove him from office. So long as they let him stay, he tarnishes the reputation of our entire city government. Harry Thomas, Jr. must go!”

Log Cabin Republicans is a national organization started in 1977 that believe in low taxes, limited government, strong defense, free markets, personal responsibility, and individual liberty. The DC Chapter holds monthly meetings, supports local Republican candidates and sponsors monthly social gatherings. For more information, please visit www.dclogcabin.org.

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