She didn’t say much, however.
Councilwoman Jolanda Jones said Monday she believes she “will have acted within the acceptable standards of conduct” once all the facts are out concerning an Office of Inspector General investigation that found she used city resources to benefit her private law practice and then lied to investigators about it.
She did not clarify the phrasing or answer any questions after reading a statement for less than a minute in the lobby of the City Hall Annex. Immediately following the statement, she retreated to her office.
Her aides would not answer questions about whether Jones has an attorney. They also would not say whether she has selected a designee to participate in the three-member panel that must meet by next Monday. That panel will include the mayor and District E Councilman Mike Sullivan, who filed the complaint against Jones that triggered the process that could lead to her impeachment.
You can see a copy of her statement here. At this point, I don’t know what else there is to say. I remain interested in learning who CM Jones will ask to represent her and in seeing how she formally responds to the allegations. I should note, I’ve been curious since I first read about this if the Council member that Jones taps as her advocate is required to stand in for her, or if that person has the option to decline. After making an inquiry, I was informed by the Mayor’s office that the latter is the case. Good to know.
On a tangential note, the number of potential and declared candidates against Jones is now up to four. I won’t be surprised if there are more before all is said and done.