Loose Lips

Letter Showdown: Mayor Goes For Last Word

Were you wondering if Mayor Vince Gray was offended when his (former?) friends on the D.C. Council said they felt blindsided and ambushed by Gray's pocket veto of a budget that would delay the implementation of a municipal bond tax?

Well, wonder no more. Hizzoner has penned a tear-stained rebuttal to Council Chairman Kwame "Fully Loaded" Brown and Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh, defending the veto and reaffirming his commitment to socking away funds for a rainy day.

"While I do not want to engage in a back-and-forth of letters," writes Gray. "I do feel like there were some erroneous statements made in writing that could give District residents an incorrect impression."

The seven-page note has five "clarifications" the mayor wants to make. They are:

  • Gray is all about replenishing the District's fund balance and has been for a while.
  • Brown and Cheh should quit saying they wanted to put more money aside in than Gray did, because they didn't.
  • Gray never said $13 million would crush the District's bond rating; Brown and Cheh should stop saying he did.
  • Gray says he didn't ambush Brown; in fact, the mayor says he met with the chairman for three hours to talk about the veto.
  • Gray says he doesn't like retroactive bond taxes and never has; how about an income tax hike on rich people instead?

Brown's already made it clear he's not going to support an income tax hike. The big question is, will he write the mayor another letter telling him so?

Comments

  1. #1

    Who in God's name is telling Gray this idiocy is a good idea?

  2. #2

    Never expected to be reading these tit-for-tat letters between one city and two of his council BFF's only 8 months after the uniter took office. What happened to one city's holistic, collaborative, deliberative, mature, all stakeholders at the table thing?

  3. #3

    Damn "Fully Loaded" gets in trouble again. LMAO

  4. #4

    Brown, should've responded with Ok, dude, what's your point man???

  5. #5

    HA! ONE CITY, Baby! The two lead one citidiots can't even get along - what will we do now? Continue to be a punchline, I guess.

    BTW, TH, I'd say that sending a 7 page letter to someone who can barely read it is at least deliberative...

  6. #6

    "One Citidiots" Can see the bumper stickers now ...

  7. #7

    Good for Gray!

  8. #8

    Kwame can be so dumb, show some respect, the Mayor said that he met with you, so what is all of this macho shi-- about? No matter what you do, you will not be the next Mayor of this town.

  9. #9

    I SEE THE GANG ALL HERE!

    ONE CITY DEFLECTING WASHCITYPAPER HATERS FOR THE NEXT THREE YEARS WHILE FAGGIE FENTY IS BUSY SCRATCHIN YALL OFF HIS BALLS LIKE A CASE OF THE CRABS IN SUMMER HEAT!

  10. #10

    Dumb and Dumber. So these two, once in cahoots against Fenty, are now in a 'feud?' It gets stupider every time I believe the District's "leaders" cannot sink lower. They are worth less than a pitcher of year old spit.

  11. #11

    I know the desparate black man will see this as an orchestrated plan by whites to have us at each other throats.

    What is funnier the desparate black man or the orchestrated plan by whites?

  12. #12

    You know Gray's in serious trouble when not even noodlez can come up with a defense for him.

  13. #13

    What the flocka (#11) I truly agree.

    NOTE; STOP, STOP!!!!
    Think back on who put that stupid thought in your mind and lead you to believe that there is mayhem between two black leaders [Mayor and Chairman/council] THIS VENOMOUS newspaper !

    REN & SLIM…
    REN and SLIM got sucked in by this diversion tactic by the news media directing your thought to a negative than what a WISE MAN WOULD SEE AS A POSITIVE IN THIS ARTICLE.

    FIGHTING IS HEALTHY...BUT IT DEPENDS ON THE ISSUE.

    Marciella this is not the first time the Mayor and Chairman/Council did not get along.

    Where were you doing the Baseball Ticket hold-out between FENTY and the insipid Council/Graham??? And, FENTY holding the guest box hostage at the Verizon Center???

    This was CHILDISH FIGHTING...based upon an immature Fenty!

    At least this feud between the Mayor and Council has substance, with tax ramifications and an outcome that affects D.C. residents.

    By time you and we (became a subject) in a debate between the council and mayor.

    Enjoy the fight...and enjoy the outcome. This is a healthy debate- 1)tax the rich 2) RE-PLACE the money the Council took from our city resident's hard earned taxes, Cigarette law suit, and the Stimulus program funds…
    and when Mayor Wms. and the Control board TAXED the ...hell... out-of us with ANNUAL increase property tax RATES for several years to take this city out of bankruptcy which left a $1.8 billion dollar CITY SURPLUS!

    Wake up Trusting Citizens.,…

    find some usefulness or good in these poisonous news articles and stop allowing the City paper and the Post to direct your thoughts.

    Calvin H. Gurley

  14. #14

    Why is Gray so obsessed about the General Fund balance/bond rating agencies, it's not like S&P would ever think of downgrading DC debt. He should just let Kwame and Cheh allocate the Fund balance towards those most in need as they were obviously trying to do in this instance.

  15. #15

    Gray is absolutely correct in what he did and the Council clearly had other options they chose to ignore.

  16. #16

    The Mayor and Chairman have a disagreement over a policy issue, and now some would say that these guys are unfit for public office. Even worse is the notion that some of our professed to be educated and intelligent brothers and sister believe such foolishness. In my judgment, this is neither funny nor orchestrated instead it’s down right pitiful.

  17. #17

    @ Skipper-DEFEND WHAT? THERE IS NOTHING TO DEFEND.

    IM MEARLY POINTING OUT THAT SEWERMAN'S SLOP BUCKET OF SHIT STORIES CAMOUFLAGED IN THE SWEET SMELLING ANTI-GRAY VANILLA CONTINUES TO DRAW OUT THOSE SAME SORRY ASS WHITE FOLK TO THE TROUGH RELIGIOUSLY.

    THOSE DARK RINGS AROUND THE MOUTHS OF FOLK LIKE TRUTH HURTS AND SALLY IS NOT FROM THE COOKIES AND CREAM TOPPINGS FROM THE LOCAL FRO-YO SPIZZOT. THE STAINS AROUND THEIR MOUTH ARE ACTUALLY MORE LIKE THE ONE THE WHITE WOMAN SPORTED IN THE MOVIE 'THE HELP'. THEY GOBBLE UP SEWERMAN’S SLIZZOP AND QUICK TO OFFER UP PRAISE AND PROSE IN THE FORM OF ANTI-MAYOR GRAY SENTIMENT AS IF THE STORY AND THEIR COMMENTS ARE AFFECTING MAYOR GRAY AND HIS CONSTITUENCY. WHEN IN FACT UNBEKNOWNST TO THEM THEY ARE THE VERY ONES THAT ARE BEING AFFECTED BY THE SHIT THEY DONT KNOW THAT THEY ARE DIGESTING!

    ONE CITY IN PERFECT HARMONY.

  18. #18

    So the executive and legislative branches are supposed to agree all the time? The fact that we had co-signers to this BS post says alot.

  19. #19

    Dumb, Dumber, Dumbest, Dumb Sums or Dumbeez only applies to the usual suspects HERE, nothing serious here, nothing to defend but the dumbest of the dumb, this Fentyites who refuse to see the forest thru the trees... let the Mayor govern....please!

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