Done City? Mayor Vince Gray tries to pretend the federal investigation is no big deal, but he's already a lame duck.

Photograph by Darrow Montgomery

Mayor Vince Gray is hard at work letting you know he’s hard at work

“I work hard everyday,” Gray tells reporters. It’s Thursday morning in an office conference room near Dupont Circle, and the mayor is cruising through one of a dozen public events of the week. “I probably work, and many of you know that, I work 14, 16, 18 hours.”

A few minutes later, asked whether he is thinking at all about running for re-election in two years, Gray stays on message. “I’m thinking about doing my job every day,” he says. “I spend 16, 18 hours every day doing that.”

The reminder that Gray is working first-year law associate hours came the same morning that a Washington Post poll showed that more than half the city thinks he should resign, and only one in five residents think the mayor is trustworthy. It was only a week after an associate, Jeanne Clarke Harris, pleaded guilty to helping run a vast off-the-books “shadow campaign,” allegedly funded by one of the city’s biggest contractors, to help Gray get elected in 2010. She is the third person to plead guilty to a federal felony in connection with the campaign. The plea was the biggest score yet for prosecutors who have been investigating Gray ever since nuisance candidate Sulaimon Brown started spouting off with accusations of secret cash payments and promises of a job in March 2011. Back then, Brown was the laughingstock of the D.C. political world; these days, no one’s laughing much about any of what he set in motion. After Harris pleaded guilty, three members of the D.C. Council—David Catania, Mary Cheh, and Muriel Bowser—called on Gray to resign.

The big question—what did Gray know about the illegal activity?—remains unanswered, as Gray sticks to his lawyer’s advice not to comment on anything related to the investigation. (His lawyer, Robert Bennett, issued a statement last week saying the media was treating Gray “very unfairly.”) Instead, day after day, the mayor powers through his packed public schedule to demonstrate that he’s doing his job, no matter what the folks in the U.S. Attorney’s office are up to while doing their own.

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Take last Thursday, a typical enough day for the mayor. Things start off with a news conference at an advocacy group’s office touting improvements the city’s made combating the spread of HIV/AIDS. The fruits of Gray’s wonky work are evident: He rattles off long strings of statistics about the city’s HIV-positive population by heart, and AIDS advocates praise his high level of involvement in a thorny issue. But when it’s time for questions from the press, NBC 4’s Tom Sherwood kicks off by asking the mayor why he slunk in through the back door rather than face the group of reporters who had gathered to get his reaction to the Washington Post poll.

“That’s a clown question,” Gray’s spokesman, Pedro Ribeiro, mutters loud enough for the whole conference room to hear.

Gray just looks annoyed: “It was a convenient way to get in.”

Next up: a bill-signing ceremony at the downtown headquarters of LivingSocial, the online coupon company. The mayor recently pushed a $32 million tax break through the D.C. Council, saying it was needed to keep the city’s biggest homegrown tech company local. At a small ceremony to make the deal law, Tim O’Shaughnessy, the company’s 30-something CEO, and councilmembers Jack Evans and Michael Brown praise Gray for his vision and leadership in trying to nurture the city’s nascent tech scene. It’s not just idle talk from two politicians and a guy about to benefit from a giant tax break: Gray has put in plenty of face time with the city’s techies, earning the title “our tech mayor” from one admirer. Afterward, Gray walks around the headquarters, which looks like a cross between a call center and a community college’s computer lab, making small talk with some of the workers. “Thank you for living in the city,” Gray tells a young blonde who lives near U Street NW.

The day ends at the D.C. jail, where the city is touting its new “state of the art” video-visitation center. Gray waxes about how much easier it’ll be for friends and family to visit with inmates through video conferencing rather than the old plexiglass-and-phone combo. “This is a lot more convenient. I think, eventually, people will be able to do it from their home or from their recreation center or library,” he says. “So I think this is a wonderful step forward.” If scheduling an event at the jail doesn’t send a “business as usual” message in the face of a federal criminal investigation, nothing will.

Such is life these days for Vincent C. Gray: carrying on as if nothing is wrong. Touting the small and medium successes that are happening under his watch, while ignoring the fact that U.S. Attorney Ron Machen has called his victory a fraud, a conclusion the recent poll suggests many others in the city share.

No matter how hard the mayor tries, though—no matter how many times he reminds the press he’s working extra long days, how many small-bore policy announcements he makes, or how much he insists the investigation hasn’t fazed him—it’s too late. Barely a year and a half into his term, Gray is already a lame duck, his political power sapped, his image damaged, and the fundamental legitimacy of his administration called into question. These are problems Gray can’t outwork, even if he spends 14, 16, 18 hours a day pretending otherwise.


The slogan was emblazoned on virtually every piece of Gray campaign literature or merchandise in 2010, whether paid for with legal donations or by the illicit shadow operation: “Character. Integrity. Leadership.”

By the time Gray decided to run for mayor, in the spring of 2010, it didn’t take a political genius to see where the incumbent, Adrian Fenty, was vulnerable. Sure, city agencies were running well, and the District’s population was growing noticeably for the first time in decades, but the guy in charge seemed like a jerk. Questioned about contracts for fraternity brothers, he stonewalled. Asked why he was hoarding baseball tickets earmarked for the D.C. Council, he said it didn’t matter. Politeness, traditions, and laws didn’t matter; results and accomplishments did. In single-minded pursuit of making D.C. a “world-class city” as “fast as humanly possible,” Fenty had gone out of his way to alienate virtually all the entrenched interests in District politics, and many voters simply no longer trusted him.

So Gray, who’d built a reputation as a fastidious devotee of procedure as chairman of the D.C. Council, promised to change all that. On policy, he said things would stay more or less the same; Gray liked streetcars and bike lanes just as much as Fenty did, he said, and he wouldn’t even say whether or not he’d keep Fenty’s acrimonious schools chief, Michelle Rhee, if he won. (She bolted soon after Fenty lost, but Gray hired her deputy.) The only real difference would be that Gray would follow all the rules.

“There are some who say, ‘Who cares if the mayor ruffles some feathers? He’s getting results.’ To them, I have a simple message: That ain’t good enough,” Gray told supporters at the beginning of his campaign.

Which is precisely why the mess Gray’s in now will be so hard to escape: The illegal actions on his behalf during the campaign directly undermine everything he ran on. Court records filed in connection with Harris’ guilty plea show a shocking number of rules being willfully disregarded: Donations funneled through third parties who then got reimbursed, in order to avoid campaign finance limits; contractor Jeff Thompson allegedly pouring in $653,000—almost a third of what Gray wound up raising before the 2010 primary—on his behalf without any disclosure at all; a suggestion that Thompson might cover up the violations and throw federal investigators off the trail by stashing Harris away in Bahia, Brazil, until the statute of limitations on the crime expired.

“This scandal will forever hang over and shape his legacy, even if, and hopefully when, he’s exonerated,” says the mayor’s old campaign communications guru, Mo Elleithee. Cheh, who endorsed Gray in 2010 even though her upper Northwest Ward 3 constituents overwhelmingly voted for Fenty, says Gray’s responsible for the shadow campaign, whether he knew about it or not. “During the four years that we served together, I did not know of a single person with more integrity and commitment to the people of the District of Columbia,” Cheh said in her statement calling on Gray to resign. “Indeed, that is why I endorsed him when he ran for mayor. But the facts cannot be ignored, and what has happened since has caused incalculable harm to the District.”

Gray now seems to be hoping he can make the political problems go away by pretending he doesn’t see them. Early on in his administration, when Gray faced questions about why children of senior campaign aides wound up with $100,000-a-year government jobs or what Sulaimon Brown was talking about, he tried to push back. He made clear that the kiddie hiring wasn’t his idea and said in no uncertain terms that he didn’t know anything about the payoffs or job promises to Brown. When Brown’s accusations first appeared on the front page of the Sunday Post, Gray held a news conference that night to address the story.

But as the Sulaimon scandal dragged on and grew into a much larger investigation, Gray’s strategy of vociferous denials of any wrongdoing shifted into his present mode: no-comments and nonanswers. When I ask Gray while he’s waiting for the elevator at the Thursday HIV/AIDS event what he can do to turn his poll numbers around, he sarcastically puts his fingers to his chin, like he’s deep in thought: “Let’s see. I think you continue to do the job, hopefully the investigation will be concluded, and you move on from there.”

At the press conference after the HIV/AIDS event, Gray tries to tell reporters that the Post poll reflects a negative “perception” of his administration that isn’t based in reality. “I don’t know if there was even an issue raised in the poll about fiscal stability,” Gray says, before touting the city’s fiscal health, the District’s booming economy, and the fact that credit card readers will soon be put in taxicabs.

“I think it would be helpful if you put the facts out there,” he says.

The Gray administration line now comes straight from the Fenty school of politics: Results matter, not process.


Bring up the specter of a federal indictment of a District mayor, and see how long you can avoid thinking of Marion Barry.

During the 2010 campaign, of course, Fenty allies wanted voters to look at Gray and see Barry. (Fenty aides gleefully circulated photos of Barry wearing Gray stickers or the two men campaigning together.) But for the most part, the Barry comparison falls flat. Gray, who doesn’t drink and swears he’s never even tried pot, hasn’t let personal issues get in the way of running the city. He’s not ignoring his job, slurring his words, or looking bloated like Barry did on his worst days before his 1990 indictment on drug charges.

And whereas the city’s declining fortunes mostly mirrored Barry’s in the 1980s, Gray’s troubles don’t seem to be damaging anyone except Gray. He does have legitimate accomplishments, like breaking ground on long-languishing development projects, maintaining the city’s strong fiscal health, and paying attention to a long-ignored tech industry. For the most part, Gray’s hired many smart, competent people and allowed them to do their jobs.

But if the Gray administration isn’t the Barry replay that some folks warned it would be, the reaction of Gray’s die-hard supporters to the federal probe looks awfully familiar.

Outside the Wilson Building last Wednesday, the Rev. Willie Wilson led a pep rally for the mayor (who had trundled off to Scotland, Md., instead to open up a Boy’s and Girl’s Club summer camp). Wilson, who organized the multibus convoy that greeted Barry when he was released from prison on drug charges, was a regular speaker at the much larger pro-Barry rallies two decades ago. “This is the same Justice Department and the same FBI that wiretapped Martin Luther King Jr.,” Wilson said at a 1990 rally that was videotaped and sent to Barry in a Florida drug rehab center.

Barry fans used to complain that the U.S. Attorney’s Office was unfairly leaking sensitive information to try and discredit the mayor. Wilson sounded the same alarm last week, saying his allies who have been associated with the shadow campaign, including Jeff Thompson and Gray’s close friend Vernon Hawkins, “have been vilified, crucified in a media frenzy that was created by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.”

In Barry’s day, the U.S. Attorney’s office was painted as racist. This time around, when the top two federal prosecutors are black (not to mention the president), Wilson tells reporters, “I don’t know what the motivations are, but I know it’s not right.”

But if last week’s rally’s organizers are avoiding overt statements about race, some of the rallygoers aren’t. One man tells me race is behind the entire investigation of the mayor and the call from three councilmembers to resign. When I ask the man how his theory squares with the pressure for Gray to step down from Ward 4’s Bowser, who is black, he says, “She’s an Aunt Jemima,” a female equivalent of an Uncle Tom. The man won’t give me his name, saying it’s his First Amendment right not to, but assures me that most African-Americans in the city feel the same way.

The Post poll says otherwise (for starters, most voters have no opinion of Bowser either way). One of the most striking results showed that Gray’s support among black voters, the base he relied on to get elected, had eroded; 47 percent of black women, for instance, had unfavorable views of the mayor. For Gray, whose other campaign slogan was the earnest “One City” message of unifying a divided District, the irony of those results must be hard to escape.

“It’s one city united against him right now,” Elleithee says.


Ultimately, the weird limbo Gray finds himself in now can’t last forever. Either Machen will eventually file charges against the mayor, or he won’t. If Gray is indicted, he’ll either fight the charges, or he won’t.

But unless it turns out Gray was working undercover for the feds all along as part of the most elaborate campaign-corruption sting operation of all time, it’s hard to imagine voters looking at him quite the same way as they did when he came into office, even if Machen never indicts him, or if Gray successfully fights any charges that do come. The mayor’s best-case scenario still seems pretty bleak. It would mean Gray—the detail-oriented boss who works 18-hour days—had completely missed the vast $650,000 illegal operation going on right under his nose, being carried out by some of his best friends. Court records in the Harris case allege that the shadow campaign was sharing office space with the legitimate campaign.

That supposed legitimate campaign had plenty of its own problems, too. The Associated Press reported recently that the Gray organization routinely paid campaign workers more than the $50-in-cash daily limit and misfiled campaign finance reports. His campaign treasurer, an elderly neighbor to Gray, told the Post she wasn’t paid the $100,000 that Gray’s financial reports say she was. Gray’s limited response: The short campaign was too hectic for him to manage every detail. But at the same time Gray says it was impossible to keep tabs on a $3 million mayoral campaign, he’s asking voters to trust him to run a $10 billion-a-year city government.

And then there’s Gray’s response to the fallout from the investigation. When Catania, Cheh, and Bowser said he ought to resign, Gray went on TV and attacked all three. He essentially called Cheh, a longtime ally, a coward for not telling him about her plans in person, then questioned whether the constitutional law professor knows anything about due process.

The end result is a diminished mayor, either way. Which may be why some of his attempts to show he’s out working hard can’t quite help but devolve into farce.

Three days after Harris had laid out details of the shadow campaign and pleaded guilty, Gray decided to make a show of getting tough on convenience store clerks who violate the District’s ban on selling marijuana paraphernalia, like rolling papers and individually wrapped cigars.

So Gray and a small army of city officials and community activists head out along Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE, in Congress Heights, surprising convenience, liquor, and Chinese carry-out stores with impromptu inspections of their wares and business licenses. Over and over, Gray and the officials would walk into a store, head straight behind the counter (often without asking permission), and give the cashier on duty (most of whom were either Chinese or East African immigrants) a stern talking-to about the products they were selling that a marijuana user might find useful.

“You can’t do that,” Gray tells the employees of the China Inn Deli, after he spots an open box of cigars next to the cash register. “You opened that up and sell them as singles.” (Gray’s director of the Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs, Julie Koo, is tagging along to help translate. No one is there to translate for the Ethiopian and Eritrean clerks.)

The store’s owner, who doesn’t appear to speak much English, doesn’t fight it. “OK, OK,” he says, putting the cigars in a plastic bag and shoving the bag under the counter. He then tries to get Gray to take a free soda.

The city prohibits selling rolling papers (except in limited circumstances) or individually wrapped cigars, but most of the stores Gray visits aren’t following the law. “This is a warning,” Gray tells one clerk. “Next time, it’s a $2,000 fine.”

Even where Gray and his posse can’t find any contraband, he still treats the clerks and store owners like criminals. At a liquor store, Gray huffs at the owners, even though they’re not selling anything illegal: “We’ll be back to make sure you’re not selling rolling papers.”

At another store where Gray doesn’t find any illegal goods, the mayor stands awkwardly next to the store’s owner to talk about rolling papers and blunts. “It’s illegal, right?” Gray asks. The man nods. An awkward pause ensues. “Where’s your business license?” Gray barks.

At one of the last stores Gray visits, a clerk tries to leave the enclosed space behind the counter when the mayoral entourage bursts in. A Gray aide stops her, steers her toward the mayor, and she gets the anti-drug lecture, too.

Mayor Gray, hard at work.

Sudip Bhattacharya contributed to this report.

Our Readers Say

Remember when the Gray campaign made fun of Fenty's numerous daily press events?

Yeah, those were the days.

Maybe LL should take a look at the Mayor's staff's LinkedIn bios to see who's been updating their resume info in the past month or two.
Tragic.
I'm white and I voted for Gray, mostly because Fenty was a jerk and Gray seemed like someone who could do good things and get folks on board with the ongoing transformation of DC and not be a jerk.

So for me, the fact that Gray turned out to be just another old-school hack is particularly galling. Not only do I have to face the na-na-told-you-so jeering from friends and colleagues, but we as a city are losing precious time while this hack's final days stretch on and on.
I agree, Frank Lee Mahdear. However, I am black. LOL
It's ridiculous to me that someone would vote someone out of office because "WAHHHHHHH! They're *mean*!" If that's how people here vote, we deserve the lousy government we have.
Perfect. Vote for an Old. School. Hack. and you end up with investigations, indicatments, guilty pleas, pleas of "rush to judgement", and the Same. Old. S*@%! Not "Done City" -- this isn't half done as yet.
@Frank, Ward 4: You deserve each and every I told you so. What about Vince's record, goin all the way back to his DHS disaster, led you to believe he'd be a halfway competent executive?!?!

The Mayor isn't coming over for dinner,by and large. He or she is there to get results, "nice" (whatever that means) or not.
Suderman, you sound like a whiny bitch.
Suderman, you sound like a whiny bitch.
I keep wondering whose toes the mayor stepped a little too hard on....
Such a tragic slow motion train wreck. For most people whether he knew or did not know a multitude of actions by people he hired and trusted, the buck stops and rest with him.

Yes, no matter the outcome he is a lame duck and not going to see a second term. More importantly, he has lost the power that a Mayor has to move the District much further due to the focus of all the criminality around him. Gray while he may still have friends on the Council he has lost the power of the Mayor's Office to influence policy effectively.
Alan,
Very good article.Just shows what a fool we have for mayor.One other comment, "young blond" is OUT and "young woman" is IN.
Mac
Mavis/Tom/Wait: Fenty sucked. For all the crap Gray has been responsible for, Fenty was objectively worse. Rhee was a disaster, Fenty had some big ethics issues of his own (frat bros, Nickles, Peaceaholics, etc.), and he was a jerk. Even now, knowing what we all know, I'd still vote for Gray over Fenty.
It's astonishing to hear someone ways "knowing what I know now, I'd still for for Gray over Fenty." In this city, it truly is the inmates running the prison. But wait, good news! You can now videoconference at the DC jail! Are you kidding me? This is where my money is going?
SEWERMAN IS FOCUSED Y’ALL!

REDUCE, REUSE AND RECYCLE STORIES. JUST LIKE A SANITATION WORKER RUNS ON SCHEDULE YOU CAN COUNT ON THIS GA’BIDGE EVERY FEW DAYS FROM YOURS TRULY. SEWERMAN IS STAYING IN HIS LANE WITH THIS TRASH ALBEIT THE PASSING LANE AT 50MPH. THE SAD PART IS EVERY ONE OF HIS SUBMISSIONS IS COMPARATIVE TO DRIVING ALONG THE BELTWAY WHILE SHIT IS FALLING OFF THE BACK AND WHETHER IT IS PURPOSEFUL OR NOT HE IS COMPLICIT IN ALL THIS BROADBRUSH PROPAGANDA V. MAYOR GRAY.

FOR ALL THE BULLSHIT LL, WASH POST AND THE EXAMINER DROP FROM THEIR TAILS SEEMINGLY EVERYDAY, TO WHITE FOLK BUZZING AROUND THE AFOREMENTIONED STANK ASSES LIKE FLIES CLAMORING FOR THE FIRST WHITE ELECTED MAYOR AND WHITE ELECTED COUNCILMEMBER, THINKING THIS VIRTUAL SHITFIELD WILL SOMEHOW CREATE A DETERRENCE FOR BLACK FOLK TO CONTINUE TO SUPPORT OUR MAYOR AND VOTE FOR MAYOR GRAY DURING THE NEXT ELECTION. IT WILL ACTUALLY HAVE THE OPPOSITE EFFECT.

SPEAKING ABOUT ONE THING TALKING ABOUT ANOTHER.
IF FOR SOME FAR OUT REASON THIS WACK ASS PIPE DREAM BECOMES A NIGHMARISH REALITY. WHO IN THE FUCK BESIDES MENDO DO WHITE FOLK HAVE TO OFFER?

GAYTANIA? NIGGA PLEEZE.

WELLS? YOU CAN’T BE FUCKING SERIOUS!!! SOMEBODY GASSIN’ UP THIS FOOL WITH 87 OCTANE. WHEN THEY SHOULD BE PUMPIN 93 IN HIS BRAIN.

GRAHAM? ENOUGH SAID.

CHEH? SHE IS LIKE THAT LADY WHO RECENTLY TRIED TO WALK TO THE OTHER METRO PLATFORM ACROSS THE TRACKS AND GOT STUCK IN THE MIDDLE.

EVANS? THE WHITE MARION BARRY? THIS BAMMA ASS MOFO GOT MORE LUGGAGE THAN A 767 TRANS-CONTINENTAL FLIGHT. EVANS IS MITT ROMNEY PERSONIFIED EXCEPT HE LOOKS LIKE MR. BURNS FROM THE SIMPSON’S. SOMETHING DOESN’T’ ADD UP WHEN IT COMES TO THIS DUDE. DO THE MAFF.

ALL YOU FAGGIE FENTYITES CAN MARCH IN CIRCLES WITH YOUR PITCH FORKS AROUND THE MOAT CHANTING ALL THAT ANTI-MAYOR GRAY RHETORIC UNTIL YOU TURN PINK IN THE FACE. THEN WHAT???? YOU WILL GET BEHIND SOME FOOL, WHO EVEN BY WARD 3 WHITE FOLK STANDARDS, ARE FAR WORSE THAN MAYOR GRAY’S WILL EVER BE? YOU BAMMAS SHOULD UNDERSTAND THAT THE ONLY THING DONE IN THIS CITY IS THE THOUGHT THAT BLACK FOLK WILL PURPOSEFULLY GET IN THE PASSING LANE BEHIND THIS SHIT.

ONE CITY!
@NOODLES....Preach!!!

Sadly the media will not focus on what is actually going on in the city when there is fodder for sensational coverage that in the larger picture doesn’t impact the city’s day-to-day condition. If Gray were not as intent on doing his work despite the media’s interest in scandal and speculation, then DC would have a problem, but as we can see, that is clearly not the case.
So I'm curious what to expect from tomorrow's Post coverage of the rising DCPS test scores - a back page article? Claims that Gray is trying to divert attention from his lousy campaign by noting improvement in the school system? I'm doubtful we'll see a photo of the mayor and Chancellor or a top-of-the-fold article.
Alan Suderman, hard at work.

This "story" is an aggregation of blog posts and tweets. Welcome to Journalism 3.0: disservice to readers. There's no new information here. "Federal investigation," "2010," "Fenty, Fenty, Fenty," "shadow campaign," "Jeanne Clarke Harris," "$653,000."

We've heard it. We get it. It's a matter of record - and how.

Gray is guilty by association. Case closed.

We've also heard this criticism: "Such is life these days for Vincent C. Gray: carrying on as if nothing is wrong." This has been a sound bite and a tweet for the past month and even longer. What should Gray do? Hole up in his office? Screw that. That would make it too easy for the press. "He's not doing anything! City crumbling!" they'd tweet. "Go Nats!"

Gray, the poor SOB, can't win.

And with reporting crafted from snark, 140 characters, and a blog post or four, and a complete lack of objectivity, neither can the readers and voters.
Finally, what is with these selective interpretations of the last election (here: ‘the difference between them was only that one would follow rules and the other would not’)? From my perspective it had something to do with one candidate promising to govern responsibly on behalf of all residents and not just his base (I seem to recall a slogan about that ... 'One City' perhaps).
This is just another rehash of the same things. If the Mayor is found guilty of a crime he should step down. If he isn't he should stay as Mayor as the city is doing incredibly well by every barometer one can think of. City service requests getting faster response - budgets balanced as required by law- financial stability and a rebuilt rainy day fund after it was spent down by the last administration- economic development is booming in the District with unemployment numbers beginning to come down- more people moving here percentage wise than any other state in the nation- crime statistics down- and on and on.

The drumbeat of the press and the great front page stories all reporters are getting out of this is great for their careers and I understand that.

But the reality is that we don't ask people who aren't guilty of anything to leave office and so far the Mayor hasn't been found guilty of anything or even charged. If he is I will be the firtt to ask him to go.
@Kevin: You one citidiots are too easy. I remember another slogan - I think it was something like: Character.Integrity.Leadership, right?

So Character - Cronyism hires grabbing headlines from the moment the election was won. Integrity - Close associates and friends running a MASSIVE shadow campaign. Hiring Sillymon Brown, who ridiculous though he may be, hasn't been proven WRONG about anything. Leadership - feigning ignorance about the actions of his staff, yet paying lip service to taking "full responsibility", and taking over a YEAR AND A HALF to release his "One City Vision", which includes better schools and more jobs. That takes a year and a half? So much for leadership!

And for the win - Vince's supporters are anachronisms, much like the man himself. Rather than adapting to a changing city or to changing times, they cling to the last vestiges of what is familiar - rehashing tired cliches about staying in one's lane, yet offering nothing substantive behind the "One City" slogan. If ignorance is bliss, the One Citidiots sure must hate Ron Machen right now. Sucks to have that baby-soft wool pulled off your eyes, doesn't it?

Done City - Indictment Summer, 2012.

Oh, and point of fact to noodlez: I believe there have been several elected white councilmembers. Cheers!
@Kevin, I don't think you deserved the disrespect afforded to you by that asshole @"Wait, What?", but I digress.

You are absolutely on point. These GayDrian Fenty crack sniffers will never give up and leading the charge is Alan Satan-man.

None of these jerk wads requested former Mayor Anthony Williams resign when his campaign submitted thousands of fraudulent signatures to get his name on the ballot for his re-election. In fact they encouraged him to run as a write-in. Nor did they call for their most holy William Jefferson Clinton to step down when he admitted lying to a federal grand jury while under oath. Their outrage is selective, their motives thinly veiled.

Vincent Gray hasn't even been charged with a crime, much less indicted and convicted and until he has, hell no he shouldn't resign. Neither this rag or the WP endorsed Vince Gray. Neither have gotten over the fact that their undercover butt boy loss.

That said, should Gray ever, eventually, be charged and convicted, then yes, he should step down.
Gray's not resigning. He lose a huge bargaining chip if he stepped down now. So we'll all have to wait until Machen makes his move. Then one city will either resign as part of a plea bargain or roll the dice at trial. Based on what I know, he's finished either way. Just wish Machen wraps this up asap.
LOL'z at KeepinItReal, who talks about presumed disrespect, and peppers a comment with words like "a@@hole","GayDrian", "jerk wad", and "butt boy". Guess it distracts from the fact that you have no point. How is Clinton related to Fenty, Williams, or Gray, pray tell? I wasn't aware that all who dislike Done City are by extension Fenty fans, and Clinton apologists - any data to support that?

Of course not, and sadly typical of the one city bloc. Gets back to the anachronism point very neatly though. Try again soon!
@Wait,what?, I never said I was polite. I'm not.

If you can't comprehend the hypocracy of a certain bloc of democrats in their reaction to past elected officials who either, themselves or their campaigns, have violated the law, that is sad, but not my problem.
Kelly became Williams became Fenty became Gray.

Every time we elect someone different they turn out the same.
@Wait, What?-GOOD LOOKIN'!
I MEANT WHITE ELECTED COUNCILCHAIR. THANKS.


SLIM NOT ONLY ARE YOU MAKING MY POINT FOR ME IN YOUR LAST COMMENT YOU ARE ALSO DRIVING RECKLESS. HERE LET ME TAKE THE WHEEL BEFORE YOU HURT SOMEBODY!

CHARACTER-HE HAS SHOWN THAT NO MATTER WHAT YOU BAMMAS PUT IN HIS WAY YOU CAN'T SHAKE HIM UP. HE CAME IN WITH AN OPEN DOOR POLICY AND YOU WANNA TRACK MUD IN AND SAY HIS HOUSE IS DIRTY BY POINTING TO YOUR MUDDY ASS FOOTPRINTS. WHERE THEY DO THAT AT? HIS ATTRIBUTES AND QUALITIES ARE NOT EVEN A QUESTION! THAT IS WHY HE HAS BEEN ON THE STATUS QUO TIP LATELY AS IT PERTAINS TO YOU JIVE TURKEY'S.

INTEGRITY-ONCE HE FOUND OUT THAT FOLKS WERE PUT IN DC GOV POSITIONS THEY HAD NO BUSINESS BEING IN HE WALKED THEM. AS OPPOSED TO SOME FOLK FIRING GOOD PEOPLE BECAUSE THEY WOULDN'T CHEAT FOR HIM. HE IS ALSO NOT MISUSING DC GOV RESOURCES OR HIS POSITION FOR HIS PERSONAL GAIN (UNLIKE THE WORST MAYOR DC EVER HAD W/TRIPS, ACCEPTING QUESTIONABLE GIFTS AND DISAPPEARING FOR DAYS).

LEADERSHIP-I HAVE YET TO HEAR ANYONE OF IMPORTANCE CLAIM THAT MAYOR GRAY IS AN INEFFECTIVE LEADER. THIS TRAIN IS CLEAN AND RUNNING ON TIME EVEN THOUGH THE RIDE MAY BE A BIT BUMPY.

ONE CITY!
Pathetic! Gray and his actions are beginning to remind me of Barry during his worse days.
@NOODLEZ, we've already had a white elected Council Chairman. David Clarke served as Chairman from 1983 to 1991 and then again from 1993 to 1997, when he died in office.
Ah, David Clarke. Great man. Still remember the good old days when he'd stop by Cafe Don in Adams Morgan on his bike ride home. Was a great, incredibly eclectic and diverse dive. Dudes smoking weed in the alley, (in)famous WaPo (and other) reporters doing coke in restrooms,old dude showing off his penile implant at the bar, and huge rats taking over the joint after closing time. Everyone got along and had fun, minding their own bidness.

Noodlez, are you old enough to remember? Or was it a few years before your time?
@c-:SLIM HIS SKIN MAY HAVE BEEN WHITE BUT CHAIRMAN DAVE WAS A BROTHA'!
HE WAS BLACKER THAN FENTY, BROWN AND ORANGE PUT TOGETHER.

THE ONLY REASON HE DIDN'T BECOME MAYOR WAS BECAUSE HE WAS WHITE AND HE RAN AGAINST SHARON PRATT DIXON KELLY (THE 2ND WORST MAYOR DC EVER HAD) WHEN WOMEN WERE STARTING TO GAIN POSITIONS POLITICALLY.

BLACK FOLK KNEW THEY MADE A MISTAKE FROM THE VERY MINUTE SHARON PRATT HELD THAT DAMN BROOM UP! THE SPECIAL ELECTION ALLOWED CHAIRMAN CLARKE TO REGAIN HIS FOOTING AFTER WILSON COMMITTED SUICIDE AND HE WOULD HAVE BEEN 1ST WHITE MAYOR IF THE CANCER DID NOT DO HIM IN.

YO C- YOU KNOW BETTER THAN TO BRING THAT WEAK ASS SHIT IN THE PAINT. DIDN'T MEAN TO SECOND ROW YOUR SHOT. YOU KNOW MY SKILLZ! HOPEFULLY YOU WILL STAY OUTSIDE AND TRY TO DRAIN THAT LOW PERCENTAGE THREE THE NEXT TIME YOU TRY TO GET AT ME.

ONE!
Go gray. Please already. Take your onecitidiots with you. They stink to high heaven of funk.
"Sure, city agencies were running well, and the District’s population was growing noticeably for the first time in decades, but the guy in charge seemed like a jerk."

so the city tossed out the competent, aggressive, no nonsense 21 century mayor...in favor of...this guy? LOL

to me thats the saddest part abt this whole thing
@NOODLES- Its been a while but I STILL love you!!!!
ALL dribble with NO air in BALL SEWERboy and the rest of the usual suspects with just a a heap of ASSinine on the side!!

Becoming desperate ayy Fentyites??? Pathetic!

ONE city!
Hey, why did the title change from yesterday's "Done City"??? Ala Romeny, retroactively retired? "Hop in the time machine Fellas. We got changes to make" Oh no, a rip in the fabric of time....
@NOODLEZ, so David Clarke, who was white, was actually black. O-kay...

Are there other politicians who are not the race that they are? I'm guessing, for example, that Muriel Bowser and Anthony Williams are both white, despite being black. Adrian Fenty is also white, of course, although that's a little easier to believe because he's only arguably black anyway. (He'd be black under the one-drop rule, but in terms of upbringing he's really more mixed-race.)

But what about, say, Linda Cropp? She ran against Clarke to keep him out of the chairmanship, which would presumably make her white. But she ran against Fenty for Mayor, which would make her black. And Williams endorsed Cropp over Fenty; does that mean Fenty is black (since Williams refused to endorse him), or does it mean Williams is black (for endorsing someone other than Fenty)? And if Williams is black, then why do so many white people like him?
cminus: "Transitive Property of Perceived Ethicity". Sniff. That was beautiful.
YO C-! SLIM YOU BALLIN’ OUTTA CONTROL!
YOUR LAST COMMENT IS WHAT WE CALL “AN ILL-ADVISED SHOT”. YOU ARE LOOKING A BIT ANDRAY BLATCHEY RIGHT NOW. (U DO KNOW WHO THAT IS? DON’T YOU?)

HAVE A SEAT AND LET ME COACH YOU UP A BIT. (“DAMN TWITTY’S!”) SON FIRST YOU NEED TO REREAD MY COMMENT. I SAID CHAIRMAN CLARKE WAS A BROTHA AND HE WAS BLACKER THAN FENTY, BROWN AND ORANGE WILL EVER BE. I NEVER MENTIONED ONCE THAT HE WAS BLACK.

PAY ATTENTION HOMEY:
THEY SAY BEAUTY IS ONLY SKIN DEEP BUT I WOULD SUBMIT SO IS THE COLOR OF ONES SKIN.

BILL CLINTON (WHITE) =BROTHA
RON CHRISTIE (BLACK) =WHITE GUY
DAVE CLARKE (WHITE) =BROTHA
ADRIAN FENTY (BLACK) =WHITE GUY

I COULD GO ON AND ON BUT I DON’T WANT TO OVERWHELM YOU AND GET OFF TOPIC.
THE MERE FACT THAT YOU DON’T KNOW THE DIFFERENCE IS TELLING.
HERE ENDETH THE LESSON.

ONE CITY!

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