March 13, 2019 at 8:38 am EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
GLAA calls on Evans to step down as committee chair
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Council member Jack Evans is accused of misusing his public office for personal gain. (Photo by dbking via Wikimedia Commons)

The Gay & Lesbian Activists Alliance, D.C.’s oldest continuously active LGBT rights organization, is calling for D.C. Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) to step down as chair of the Council’s Committee on Finance and Revenue while he remains under investigation for alleged violations of city ethics rules and possible federal conflict of interest charges.

“It is painful to see a longtime ally accused of impropriety and possible criminal behavior,” said GLAA President Bobbi Strang.

“But having followed recent developments, and in light of the evidence that Ward 2 Council member Jack Evans misused his public office for personal gain, we must urge that he step aside as chair of the Committee on Finance and Revenue and abstain from participating as a voting member of the committee,” Strang said.

The Washington Post reported last week that it had obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request copies of emails that Evans or a member of his Council staff sent from his official Council email account soliciting business from law firms for his private consulting firm. The Post reported that Evans apologized for using his Council email account for private business matters but insisted he has done nothing wrong and hasn’t violated any laws or regulations.

GLAA’s request that Evans resign from his committee chair position follows a similar request made one day earlier by the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club, another D.C. LGBT organization.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

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