Harry Thomas, Jr., The ‘King Of Misappropriations’ Is Finally Gone

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Robert Turner
January 5, 2012 (202) 253-1830 cell

Harry Thomas, The ‘King Of Misappropriations’ Is Finally Gone

WASHINGTON, DC – After two calls from DC Log Cabin Republicans last year for him to step down for the good of his constituents, Councilmember Harry Thomas, Jr. has finally agreed to do so. For more than a year, voters of the District of Columbia have been disserved by Ward 5 Councilman Harry Thomas, Jr.’s scandals and corruption charges, having been accused, and now charged with steering hundreds of thousands of dollars from DC earmarks to non-profits from which he personally and politically benefited. His decision to resign, though, has hardly been entirely voluntary. It comes as part of a deal made with Federal prosecutors in settlement of criminal allegations pending against Thomas concerning the same conduct which was the basis for the District’s civil suit settled last summer. The rules that regular citizens live by are finally being applied to Mr. Thomas.

“Today, as a result of research first compiled by DC Log Cabin member Tim Day, a former candidate for DC Council Ward 5 in 2010, the Council has one less ethical issue with which to be concerned. The bad news for the taxpayers is that we now must spend taxpayer dollars on a special election on top of our regularly scheduled elections this year. The good news is that the ‘King of Misappropriations’ is finally gone,” said DC Log Cabin President Robert Turner II.

“The people of Ward 5 deserve someone who will first and foremost tend to their issues and concerns, and not personal gain. It is now incumbent upon Republicans to show the voters of Ward 5 and the rest of the District where we as a Republican Party and our candidates for office stand on the issues that are important to them,” concluded Turner.

Log Cabin Republicans is a national organization started in 1977 that believes 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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