Seems like every week a corrupt Democrat is arrested, charged, and/or removed from office for breaking the law — and the streak continued this week.
A top Democratic lawmaker and longtime D.C. Council member Jack Evans is stepping down after his own colleagues threatened to remove him from his seat.
Evans, the longest-serving lawmaker announced that he would be resigning from the seat he’s held since 1991 effective Jan. 17.
Evans’ resignation follows a months-long ethics scandal and comes right before the council was set to hold a vote to expel him.
He is resigning weeks after the council voted unanimously 12–0 to recommend his expulsion.
In a brief letter announcing his resignation, Evans noted that he’d served the council for nearly three decades.
“After nearly 30 years of public service in the District of Columbia, I have advised the Board of Elections that I resign my position as the Ward 2 Council member on the Council of the District of Columbia,” he wrote. “I believe Washington D.C. to be the pride of the nation and I am proud of the contributions I have made in helping to create a vibrant city.”
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As reported by Washington’s NBC4, the chairman of the council, Phil Mendelson, said Evans needed to resign amid the serious allegations against him.
“I think it’s a very sad moment,” he said. “I also think it’s the appropriate set of actions that are occurring.”
“I think that this is the right decision for Mr. Evans to have made,” said Mr. Mendelson, at-large Democrat. “It saves the council from going through more time and distraction from the business we ought to be doing. I also think this is an important step in restoring integrity in the institution and the trust of the public.”
The council was set to hold a vote on Jan. 21 to remove Evans from office, weeks after the council voted unanimously 12–0 to recommend his expulsion. It was the first time in D.C.’s history that such a vote was held.
The move came after an independent investigation of Evans by a law firm hired by the council revealed numerous ethical violations by the longtime council member, including violations of the council’s code of conduct and the receipt of outside income from at least 10 different companies — some of which were deemed “prohibited sources” — that reportedly totaled more than $400,000 since 2014.
A federal investigation has since been opened and is ongoing.
In other words, Evans is another corrupt Democrat who resigned in shame just before the council was scheduled to vote in favor of expelling him from office.
While his resignation may have saved Evans from the embarrassment of being expelled from the D.C. council, it won’t make the alleged ethics violations — and the related investigations — go away.
This likely isn’t the end of the bad news for the formerly prominent and powerful Democrat politician.