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Gray Standing By His Man

Almost Mayor Vince Gray went on Newstalk with Bruce DePuyt this morning to try and speak for nearly an hour without making any news. Mission accomplished, Vince!

LL jests, somewhat; there were a couple of interesting tidbits:

  • Gray said he wished Still Mayor Adrian Fenty would have been more forceful in telling his supporters to drop the write-in campaign.
  • Gray said he’d not spoken with Fire Chief Dennis Rubin before Rubin announced his resignation in the most awkward way possible.

Most interesting to LL was Gray’s unbidden defense of his de facto campaign manager and top fundraiser Reuben Charles. DePuyt brought Charles’ name up when asking if Gray had anyone in mind to be his city administrator. Gray ducked the city administrator question, and corrected DePuyt that the current scuttlebutt is that Charles will be his chief of staff, but said no job offer has been made.

Gray then, without any prompting, began singing Charles's praises.

"And by the way I think he’s done a terrific job,” said Gray, adding that Charles was an “incredibly bright young man.”

“I hope people take the opportunity to get to know Reuben,” Gray said.

So why did the almost mayor feel a need to pro-actively defend Charles?

It could be from some of the heat D.C. Watch’s Gary Imhoff and Dorothy Brizill have been putting on Gray in regards to Charles. Last week the watchdogging duo recapped much of what LL has already reported on Charles’s past (which includes unpaid debts in St. Louis) and said the Gray campaign has been dismissive of the “legitimate questions” people have been asking about Charles’ background.

The Post followed D.C. Watch’s story with their own story on Charles, focusing on his financial backing of former white-collar criminals who were forming a prison consulting business.

Then today, Brizill and Imhoff said the Gray campaign had starting keeping the press in the dark about Gray’s fundraising schedule in part because of “negative press stories regarding Reuben Charles.”

LL’s not sure that’s true, but what’s clear from today’s appearance on Newstalk is that Gray is still smitten with Charles.

  • Truth Hurts

    Mr. Gray: "I hope people take the opportunity to get to know Reuben".

    Truth Hurts: "Be careful what you hope for. Better that you thoroughly vet him first."

    @ anyone who voted for Mr. Gray: Does Reuben Charles, in your view, exemplify "character, integrity, leadership?"

  • downtown rez

    Had Fenty hired Reuban to run his campaign or, God forbid, serve as Chief of Staff, it would have been the biggest scandal of the past four years.
    Can anyone say Tene Dolphin or Carry Brooks nee Kohns or anyone at all hired by Fenty was so compromised?
    Why on Earth are Gray supporters willing to accept so much less from Gray than they demanded from Fenty?

  • DC Guy

    This Gray supporter is not very enthusiastic about some of the rumored administration choices.

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  • DCexpat

    Gray supporters set the bar during the election: his appointees need to be black AND from DC. Qualifications don't really matter, its all about non-Bama's and no honkeys, duh (and lets not even mention Asian-Americans). Ask Colby King and Courtland Milloy, the latter a Bama himself ironically enough.

  • If it looks

    Does OneCity mean in a coded-way one color? There's a line from an old movie called "Jezebel" starring Bette Davis. Ms.Davis utters these words in the movie "what are we going to do with the darkies?" I find that statement to fit the scenario of the new DC climate.

  • James Callaway

    Wow...here comes Marion Barry scene 2 act 1....ACTION!

  • noodlez

    THE TOP 6 OF YOU BAMMA ASS COMMENTERS ARE RIDICULOUS!

    BECAUSE GRAY DOES NOT SMELL THE BULLSHIT YOU AND THE REST OF FAGGIE FENTY'S FLUNKIES ARE STEPPING IN, YOU AUTOMATICALLY THINK THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG WITH GIVING THE BROTHER A JOB AND A CHANCE. NO ONE GIVES A DAMN ABOUT IRRELEVANT FOLK CLAIMING THERE ARE "LEGITMATE QUESTIONS" SURROUNDING THIS DUDE.

    FUCK THEM! UNLESS THEY ARE VOLUNTEERING TO PAY MORE DC TAX THIS YEAR TO HELP OUT WITH OUR DEFICIT THEN THEY NEED TO GO FIND SOMETHING ELSE TO WORRY ABOUT!

    YOU BITCH ASSES SHOULD HAVE BEEN IN THE SOON TO BE FORMER MAYORS EAR ABOUT WHO HE HAVE AND HAD IN HIS CAMP. THEN MAYBE YOU WOULDNT BE SO OBSESSED WITH WHO GRAY HAS IN HIS!

    UNE VILLE!

  • Interested

    If it is all about race with Gray, who are all of those white people I see working so hard with him? Especially the white woman that is running campaign operations? Enough of the racially charged campaigning.

  • SuperS

    Vincent Gray is One City, unlike Fenty White City, lol

  • downtown rez

    @noodlez
    LOL at the idea that a deadbeat refugee from the St Louis court system is anyone in DC's "brother".

  • Peter Rosenstein

    I think Vince Gray standing up for Reuben Charles and saying he is a nice and decent guy is great. It doesn't mean that Charles will have a place in the new administration it means that Vince Gray is a decent guy.

    I am sure that Vince Gray will vet all appointees to his administration thoroughly and that he will appoint those who are able to stand up to that vetting. Even President's have made mistakes and not uncovered all problems, Daschle as an example, and they have the entire FBI doing the vetting.

  • SEis4ME

    Drez, I'm sorry but where are the posts from you bashing Ron Moten, whose dealings and relationships are far shadier than Rueben's? I did raise a brow at the image you introduced, "deadbeat, refugee, criminal, and brother." It suggest that you have strong feelings against this "brother." Hence your strong yet weird word choice.

    By the way, are you really the appropriate person to determine who we call brother or sister? You wanted to determine for whom we should vote. Now you want to give us cultural lessons as well?

    Sheesh!

    Also, since Alan started this whole chief of staff rumor, it would be nice to hear or read someone cosigning it. As of now, we only have denials. So the rumor started where? Oh I know, Alan got the rumor from a rumor.

  • downtown rez

    SEis4ME
    I don't recall ever defending Ron Moten. But that's beside the point. Ron Moten didn't run Fenty's campaign, and certainly didn't walk around saying he was going to work inside the EOM, let alone work as the Chief of Staff. By the way, the Chief of Staff position is on par with the City Administrator position as the city's #2 spot.
    noodlez used the term "brother", I just disagreed with it. My "strong feelings" stem from reading published reports from DC and St Louis. No one under such an ethical cloud should be anywhere near the EOM.
    Just imagine if John F (Johnny Business, Fenty's top fundraiser) had multiple outstanding judgments against him- hundreds of thousands of dollars worth- and had filed false bankruptcy papers to elude them, and had been responsible for the loss of tens of millions of taxpayer dollars, and was in charge of Fenty's campaign, and was in-line for the COS spot. That would be like Rueben Charles.
    There really is no equivalency here. Rueben is unprecedented, and not in a good way. Gray can either get rid of him now, or he can get rid of him later, after the damage piles up.
    Peter
    Having an unvetted person running the campaign and being in charge of overseeing all the transition and inauguration money- which is entirely unregulated by law- is an issue. Putting someone who may be ethically compromised person in charge of voluntary donation caps and voluntary reporting is an issue.
    I'm sorry, there's just no way around that.

  • SEis4ME

    Drez, you are absolutely correct. You never defended Moten. The point is that I've never seen you even raise Moten as an issue, considering his associations and past criminal history. Yet, you have been chomping at the bit over this story and unless I'm wrong, Charles isn't the one who's a former felon here. Moten served as Fenty's
    senior campaign strategist. Charles is Gray's top fundraiser. Now maybe I missed Alan's reporting that had Charles referring to himself as Gray's CoS. Care to share that quote? I ask because many have referenced what none have seen. It is why Alan or no one else seems able to confirm what we only now know of as a rumor.

    I instantly understood Noodlez reference to "brother." It is a term used loosely to describe a black man. Whether that person is a saint or a crimnal, it's often used interchangeably. That's why I questioned why were you "disagreeing" with how Noodlez chose to reference Charles. If it's not your culture, then why impose?

    I'm quite sure that you can make a case against lawyers who represent criminals. However, it's part of the job. Outside of what Charles owes to others, much of the reports seem to stem from his work as a venture capitalist and by the nature of the profession, your hand ends up in several pots. From failed businesses to shady businesses, that's the life of many VC's. Doesn't make it right. But that's the way it is. So no I will not buy into the attempt by Alan and others to make a story of out of rumor and innuendo. If Charles' background was something other than what it is, I would give the rumor mills more credit.

    It's hard to argue against a person when you can't find anyone (who knows him) to speak ill against him. With all of the current history, finding his critics should be rather easy. I also question how refugees like Charles, seeking asylum from war ravaged places like St. Louis, can function without some serious attention paid to him by law enforcement authorities. But then again maybe that explains your word choices. You think he's an "other" who hasn't been appropriately vetted by the people. While it's true that no one seems capable of confirming their suspicions (he hasn't been vetted), it certainly won't stop you, Alan et. al from trying.

    I wager that he has been vetted about as much as Ron Moten and their guys (Fenty/Gray) feel comfortable enough with what they know to bring them on board.

  • downtown rez

    SEis4ME
    Thank you for the the response, but I think my point stands. There can be no comparison between Moten and Charles. Moten was not employed by the Fenty campaign, never had a paid city job, was never the campaign's money man, has not had hundreds of thousands of dollars in court judgments against him, etc ...) Whereas Charles has all of these things, and more. And per DC Watch has been telling reporters he will be Gray's Chief of Staff.
    No doubt having folks believe he will be Chief of Staff makes the fund-raising portion of his job easier.
    At some point in time, Gray supporters/Charles apologists will need to stop using Fenty's supposed ethical lapses as cover for Gray's. Really, it will have to happen. Why not start that today?

  • SEis4ME

    Drez you are correct in distinguishing their roles. But there's still one problem. There has been no one willing to come forward and paint Refugee Charles of St. Louis as the person that you make him out to be---his sordid checkered past and all. I also refuse to believe that a politician will allow a blank slate to simply walk off the street and run his campaign.

    Do you have comprehension challenges? I asked you for a quote from Charles making the CoS claim. And You direct me to a link reporting that Charles is reported to have told reporters this. As a practice, I search for the facts regarding things I question. As of now, no one has come forward to say that Charles personally relayed this info to them. So what are we left with-what somebody said somebody said.

  • SEis4ME

    Drez you are correct in distinguishing their roles. But there's still one problem. There has been no one willing to come forward and paint Refugee Charles of St. Louis as the person that you make him out to be---his sordid checkered past and all. I also refuse to believe that a politician will allow a blank slate to simply walk off the street and run his campaign.

    Do you have comprehension challenges? I asked you for a quote from Charles making the CoS claim. And You direct me to a link reporting that Charles is reported to have told reporters this. As a practice, I search for the facts regarding things I question. As of now, no one has come forward to say that Charles personally relayed this info to them. So what are we left with-what somebody said about what somebody said.

    I have no issue calling a spade a spade. If Charles turns out to be the shady guy you and others hope for, then> I'll call foul. But I won't now just to satisfy his detractors need to find something wrong. I didn't make Skinner an issue for Fenty

  • SEis4ME

    Drez you are correct in distinguishing their roles. But there's still one problem. There has been no one willing to come forward and paint Refugee Charles of St. Louis as the person that you make him out to be---his sordid checkered past and all. I also refuse to believe that a politician will allow a blank slate to simply walk off the street and run his campaign.

    Do you have comprehension challenges? I asked you for a quote from Charles making the CoS claim. And You direct me to a link reporting that Charles is reported to have told reporters this. As a practice, I search for the facts regarding things I question. As of now, no one has come forward to say that Charles personally relayed this info to them. So what are we left with-what somebody said about what somebody said.

    I have no issue calling a spade a spade. If Charles turns out to be the shady guy you and others hope for, then> I'll call foul. But I won't now just to satisfy his detractors need to find something wrong. I didn't make Skinner an issue against Fenty

  • SuperS

    DCexpat, please go f- yourself. Do you think it is ok to hire all whites when the city majority is all black? Get over yourself.

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