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Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown plans to stay in office

Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown declined to comment a day after the feds charged her ex-campaign manager with wire fraud, but said she intends to remain in office.

Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown plans to stay in office

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Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown in her City Hall office Feb. 5, 2013. (Clem Muray / Staff Photographer)
Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown in her City Hall office Feb. 5, 2013. (Clem Muray / Staff Photographer)

Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown declined to comment a day after the feds charged her ex-campaign manager with wire fraud, but said she intends to remain in office.

“We all know that anytime there is a federal investigation going on it is quite inappropriate to comment. So my response to that is no comment,” Reynolds Brown said.

John McDaniel is accused of stealing about $100,000 from Reynolds Brown’s political action committee. McDaniel was also sighted in a report released by the Ethics Board which slapped Reynolds Brown with a record $48,834 fine for a series of campaign finance violations. (Read today’s Daily News story here.)

Reynolds Brown would not answer questions as to whether the feds have contacted her.

“I’m looking forward to moving forward and getting back to the work I was elected to do,” said Reynolds Brown, adding that she has no plans to step down and will continue to serve as an at-large Councilwoman and majority whip. “I’ve continued to be in quite a lot of contact with my colleagues and I'm encouraged by the level of support I have received and continue to receive.”

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