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Andi Pringle, the Ten-Day Deputy Chief of Staff

Andi Pringle

Yikes! Andi Pringle, the mayor's pick to whip his communications shop into shape, has resigned a mere ten days into her gig, following revelations that 1) she voted in the District's last mayoral primary while living in Maryland, and 2) didn't have her business license documents up to date.

Here's the quick Pringle timeline:

  • Monday, Aug. 29: Pringle and new chief of staff Chris Murphy start work.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 30: Pringle and Murphy's first full day. Mayor Vince Gray has news conference to introduce them as the duo who will get his administration back on track.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 31: Pringle and Murphy have awkward off-the-record chat with some of D.C.'s reporters. Also, last day of Ramadan.
  • Thursday, Sept. 1: D.C. Watch's Dorothy Brizill reports that Pringle's voting history says she voted in the District primary while living in Rockville, Md.
  • Friday, Sept. 2: Post story runs with Pringle saying "In September 2010, I voted in the D.C. primary with the understanding that since I had not severed ties with my community nor established residency in Maryland, I should vote at the precinct where I had voted for the past eight years. If this was in error, I apologize."
  • Sunday, Sept. 4: LL beats Labor Day traffic, drives home. Pringle stays out of the news.
  • Monday, Sept. 5: Labor Day.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 6: Deputy chief of staff Paul Quander goes on Newstalk with Bruce DePuyt, admits that Gray administration's vetting didn't cover Votegate but says Gray has no plans to dump Pringle.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 7: Post editorial board slams Pringle for Votegate, also reports that Pringle's business, Pringle Communications Group Inc., hasn't had its papers in order with the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs since 2009 but has been doing business anyway.  Pringle conspicuously absent from Gray's morning weekly news conference (which pretty much his whole administration usually attends). By late afternoon, Pringle resigns.

Update: LL is fresh off the phone with Pringle, who says this morning's Post editorial and the attention given to her at this morning's news conference were clear indicators that she was going to be an unwanted distraction for Gray.

“It was just clear to me that I needed to get out of the way," says Pringle. "I came here to not be the story but to fix it. … and I believe I could have.”

Pringle says she's the victim of "undeserved scrutiny” and she's confident the Votegate issues "will turn out to be nothing" and the Post editorial board's allegations that her business operated without a working business license is "flat out wrong." (Pringle says her business hit hard times in 2009, and has been dormant since then.)

Pringle says she never discussed her decision to resign with Gray in person.

Photo by Alan Suderman

  • DC Guy

    The Mayor needs to replace whomever is vetting these nominees.

  • http://none tommie123

    The Mayor of the Moment (One City Baby) promised to create a lot of jobs. Next he can create at least ONE for an actual DC resident/voter/businessperson....

  • ColorMeUnimpressed

    This is so freaking ridiculous. Yes the administration needs to do better. But this latest media salvo was really over the top. Who would want to work for this administration after all of this. The people that really need to resign are not resigning. Meanwhile they bring people on and immediately drive a huge bus over them.

  • Drez

    IMO if you wash behind your ears and put on fresh skivvies there'll be no problem.
    And that's not really such a high bar, is it?

  • Truth Hurts

    Any truth to the rumor Groundhog Day II is a reality-based sequel featuring Gray's administration?

    Same old stuff, day after day after day after day ........

  • Sunni Albani

    Who moves into a new state and feels informed enough to vote intelligently? Everyone I know who has moved to a new place votes absentee in their home state until they feel they know local issues well enough to vote in an educated manner. I applaud this approach. Making people declare their new state home immediately smacks me as more about taxes than good sense.

    As for not updating that silly DCRA license that is no more than the parking ticket of business registration, well you'll find a longer list of businesses who don't than those who do.

  • Troubling

    So let's get this straight: Once again the Mayor suffers from a communications disaster and Linda Wharton Boyd, the communications director, still has a job. Wrong resignation.

  • Jason

    Yeah, I agree, the mayor and his whole staff need to go. But here is the thing: this was a PROFESSIONAL political consultant who claimed to have accidentally voted inappropriately. I'm sorry, but that excuse itself was reason enough to resign. It's her JOB to know about voting. She was a CAMPAIGN MANAGER!

    Even if Gray himself is an honest person, his complete inability to run his own staff terrifies me about he he will run the city. This stuff has been going on for eight months now! I am so depressed.

  • Joe

    I would love if, even just once, rather than saying "I was becoming a distraction" they said the truth: "I was unqualified and have committed crimes that make me unfit for positions in government." Not holding my breath though.

  • Skipper

    One City. Fifth Amendment. Zero Standards. Three More Years.

  • EnoughAlready

    @Skipper- Let the countdown begin....

  • DJ Ren

    Whoo! ONE CITY fails again! Gotta love this:

    Tuesday, Aug. 30: Pringle and Murphy's first full day. Mayor Vince Gray has news conference to introduce them as the duo who will get his administration back on track.

    Wednesday, Sept. 7: Post editorial board slams Pringle for Votegate, also reports that Pringle's business, Pringle Communications Group Inc., hasn't had its papers in order with the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs since 2009 but has been doing business anyway... By late afternoon, Pringle resigns.

    Wow...Vince sure can pick 'em! How many resignations does this make in just over 200 days?

  • WouldLikeToKnow

    HEY LL, IS PRINGLE TIED TO LORRAINE GREEN? PRAYTELL

  • Drez

    Certainly she has some ties to another former DC resident who's been skulking about since the FL real estate market tanked- Don Peebles.

  • What the flocka?

    Dorthy Brizill are you available for the position?
    Remember Gray, keep your enemies close.

  • all of this is messy

    The city was warned before he got in office. I know a lot of folks wish they would have listened. everything about the mayor is corrupt. he's been ruining the city since the 90's. Does anyone know of any of his successes? I sure as heck dont.

  • EP Sato

    Messy-

    I can't speak for successes as a Mayor for Gray, but he did run Summer Jobs relatively scandal free and opening day for the schools went well. Not exactly earth shattering, but other mayors haven't even been able to make those claims.

    However, as Council Chair Gray was pretty impressive:

    Vince Gray was a major force behind universal pre-k in the DCPS. That's been largely viewed as a success.

    Others include: Balanced budgets while he ran the Council, Medicinal Marijuana passed (depends on your POV whether or not this counts as a "success") and he ushered through the gay marriage legislation.

    I agree the Mayor's had some real problems with staff, but I have faith that the Mayor himself has noble goals. However, the road to perdition is paved with good intentions, and noble goals mean little if you surround yourself with blood sucking harpies.

  • Sally

    One-Term Vinny.

  • Drez

    I am not sure that summer employment was any more of a success than it was under his predecessors, but I am sure the failures in it were less hyped. (sexual assaults vs other assaults)

  • this is scary

    Ep Sato

    maybe it would be good to put your faith in something real. it appears to me that you are mesmerized (definition-to compel by fascination, to hypnotize)by a man that's extremely shady or stupid. all of the problems he has, he never knows anything about. is he intelligent or not. how can you put faith in his never not knowing?

  • Really?

    There were issues with sexual assaults before. Ya'll just got a chance to hear about it this time.

    I guess when information is suppressed for so long, it's a little overwhelming for some.

  • Truth Hurts

    He knows. The denials are fake, just like his one city mantra.

  • Really?

    Comment has been is still awaiting moderation...all today when will it be release.

  • Really?

    There were sexual issues before. Ya'll just got a chance to hear about it this time.

    I guess when information is suppressed for so long, it's a little overwhelming for some.

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