The head of D.C. government has not verbally made his point known, but still has made his feelings known about a recent bill sent to his office.
Mayor Vincent Gray sent the bill back to the D.C. Council unsigned. The unsigned bill would postpone the District's first election for attorney general by four years, until at least 2018. It would also restructure the D.C. Office of the Attorney General.
The mayor's signature is not 100 percent essential because the legislation will still become law, just without the mayor's endorsement.
The D.C. Council voted this month to delay the scheduled 2014 election until at least 2018, the legislation to advance to a congressional review has begun.
Essentially, this all means an elected attorney general would not take office until 2019, some nine years after 640,000 citizens of the District of Columbia would have voted him/her in office. The D.C. Board of Elections is moving forward with plans to hold the city’s first election for attorney general in April, despite the fact the voted to postpone the election by four years.
"Until the law changes, we still have it scheduled for 2014,” Kenneth McGhie, Board of Elections general counsel said.
Via a letter to D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, the mayor says:
"I regret that the Council made this policy choice."
There is a legal challenge to the city council’s legislation also aims to keep the 2014 date on track after D.C. residents overwhelmingly approved the election in a 2010 referendum.
Paul Zukerberg, D.C. lawyer and former D.C. Council candidate, sued the Board of Elections in September seeking to stop both the Board of Elections and the D.C. Council from taking the Attorney General's race from the April primary ballot.
This is the first time in D.C.'s history the position will be decided by the voters.
Quincy Austin supports Zukerberg's fight by noting that D.C. residents should have an opportunity to elect their own Attorney General.
"It makes sense to elect whom we want," he said. "We voted on the referendum and it passed, yet, the Council seems like they are dragging their feet on making sure our political voice is heard."
U.S. District Court Judge James E. Boasberg has set a A Nov. 7th date for a preliminary injunction hearing in Zukerberg's case.