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Before he was D.C. Council chairman, Phil Mendelson urged that D.C. police Sgt. Mark Robinson be regarded as a whistleblower, according to a letter obtained by The Washington Times. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Before he was D.C. Council chairman, Phil Mendelson urged that D.C. police Sgt. Mark Robinson be regarded as a whistleblower, according to a letter obtained by The Washington Times. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier wrote a letter to council Chairman Phil Mendelson urging him not to rush council member David A. Catania’s proposal to increase the privacy of personal email accounts. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, a Democrat, showed resistance to a proposal to cap money-order contributions to campaigns at $25, saying the cap seemed too low and that money orders do leave some record of the purchase. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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**FILE** D.C. Council member Phil Mendelson (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

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D.C. City Council Chairman, Phil Mendelson, takes his seat before the 42nd legislative meeting of City Council period 19 after summer recess. Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, in Washington, DC. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)

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D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson holds a media briefing to discuss topics which may come up during a legislative meeting to be held on Wednesday, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, September 18, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson holds a media briefing to discuss topics which may come up during a legislative meeting to be held on Wednesday, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, September 18, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Witness Carrie Pecover, from Seeds of Tomorrow, Inc., answers questions during Chairman Phil Mendelson Committee of the Whole and the Committee on the Judiciary roundtable on Truancy Reduction in the D.C. Public Oversight Roundtable on Thrusday, July 12, 2012, in Washington D.C.. (Raymond Thompson/The Washington Times)

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Witness Carrie Pecover, from Seeds of Tomorrow, Inc., answers questions during Chairman Phil Mendelson Committee of the Whole and the Committee on the Judiciary roundtable on Truancy Reduction in the D.C. Public Oversight Roundtable on Thrusday, July 12, 2012, in Washington D.C.. (Raymond Thompson/The Washington Times)

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D.C. Council member Tommy Wells (left) talks with acting Chairman Phil Mendelson. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, a Democrat, says the city has gone through a detailed, science-based review of its breath-testing program since it "fell apart" two years ago. On Tuesday, the council will vote on reviving the program as part of "a fairly busy" agenda before the summer recess.

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Interim D.C. Council Chair Phil Mendelson (center) greets people in the crowd before walking in the 46th Annual Palisades Parade and Picnic. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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D.C. Council member Phil Mendelson (The Washington Times)

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Interim D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson makes his way to his new office in the John A. Wilson Building in Washington after being elected on Wednesday, June 13, 2012, to temporarily fill the seat vacated by former council Chairman Kwame R. Brown. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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D.C. Council member Phil Mendelson (The Washington Times)

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**FILE** D.C. Council member Phil Mendelson (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

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**FILE** D.C. Council member Phil Mendelson (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

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D.C. Council members Phil Mendelson (left) and Michael A. Brown (center) listen to American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Executive Director Geo T. Johnson's pitch for compensation for furlough days for city employees. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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D.C. Council members Phil Mendelson (left) and Michael A. Brown (center) listen to American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Executive Director Geo T. Johnson's pitch for compensation for furlough days for city employees. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)