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Michael Brown, Washington, D.C. Shadow Senator,says District's fight for statehood may lose steam due to corruption probe

10:49 PM, Jul 11, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA)-- The falling house of cards that has become of D.C.'s government has many who are pushing for district statehood concerned. 

With Mayor Vincent Gray staffers pleading guilty to corruption, and questions still surrounding the mayor himself, the public image of the current administration has been tainted.

Now that image may lead the fight for D.C. statehood to lose steam and not be taken seriously, at least in the short term, according to D.C. Shadow Senator Michael Brown. 

Brown said, "I think that we have people on Capitol Hill who work against us, and i'm sure they'll find a way to use it."

Congress controls the District's budget, and until District leaders can prove that their political house, and finances are in order many believe fighting for statehood is a lost cause in the eyes of Congress. 

Ally Schultz, a longtime northwest D.C. resident said, "It just looks really bad with Congress being here. With D.C. voting rights, and everything it isn't going to happen easily."

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