Best Perk

Stadium Tickets for Pols
District councilmembers live the sweet life. There’s the salary, north of $130,000 a year, and the ability to ignore nearly all parking laws. But the best perk of public office for them, the mayor, and anyone tight enough with them has to be the city’s suites at Nationals Park and Verizon Center. The free tickets are so good that former Mayor Adrian Fenty started two fights with the D.C. Council over access to the suites. Along with access to Wizards, Capitals, Nationals, and NCAA games, the suites mean councilmembers can see the likes of Billy Joel perform at Nationals Park. The tickets are so good that Fenty, usually seen globetrotting with Steve Jobs’ widow, still manages to come back to the District every so often to enjoy a freebie.—