Council-imposed deadline for MLB to approve lease is approaching (Monday). Not surprisingly, Williams' plan to use surplus tax revenue to pay for cost overruns stirs up trouble with the council. Now more than ever, we're convinced that this deal will never get done. Vegas in '07.
"If there's one thing I said to the mayor, it's that I didn't want any shenanigans, no side deals like this...If he does this, this stadium is dead again. . . . We wanted a cap that was tight. Everyone was confident, so we went with it. If it's not tight, there will be rebellion." (Marion Barry, via Washington Post, 3/02/2006)
"I don't think the intent was for cost overruns." (Linda Cropp, via Washington Post, 3/02/2006)
"This notion that the mayor, like some dog, went out in the backyard and dug up $20 million and brought it back in the house...People feel betrayed on both sides. There's bad faith on both sides. And I think the only thing everybody agrees on is they don't like me." (Anthony Williams, via WTOP, 3/01/2006)