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Vince Gray on Kenyan McDuffie: “An Outstanding Choice”

Mayor Vince Gray was very happy this morning about Kenyan McDuffie’s win in Ward 5.

Asked about last night's election at a press conference today, Gray called McDuffie "an outstanding choice." *

“First of all,” Gray said, “it was a resounding turnout in Ward 5. Lots of people voted yesterday and an overwhelming number of people voted for Kenyan McDuffie. He, of course, worked with Paul Quander, who is our deputy mayor for public safety and justice. [McDuffie] resigned in order to be able to run for this office, and we knew he was going to be a very credible candidate based on his work."

What else does Gray like about the newest member of the D.C. Council? He's a "native Washingtonian" and "he has a family" including "two young children."

Of course, the pleasant feelings may not last through the first time McDuffie votes against a Gray administration priority. But for now, consider the Wilson Building in a good mood.

* Correction: Due to a reporting error, this post originally quoted Gray calling McDuffie "an astounding choice."

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

  • DC taxpayer

    that's quite a correction

  • Mary-Austin

    Good thing he's a native Washingtonian, otherwise he would be unfit for the job!

  • RealDC

    Ok, Mr. Mayor, now can you get your a$$ together. Hire better people!!

  • Mr.Remember

    He is so collegial.

  • Mr.Remember

    He is a native Washingtonian. If he's a Dunbar graduate and a former high-school joke, then he will be in like flint. Is he the younger/darker Gray of the future?

  • Mr.Remember

    Excuse me I meant to say "jock" he would have been a "joke" if he attended Wilson High School e.g.,Kwame and Yvette.

  • The Last Supper

    McDuffie is a puppet. The truth is coming out.

  • cutthecrap

    Councilmember McDuffie...watch your back. The Mayor was a good friend of fomer CM Thomas until...He'll turn on you in a (NY)DC minute.

  • truth hurts

    Gray's blessing ("An Outstanding Choice") bodes ill for McDuffie and the city. By this time next year, the mayor will have been indicted and his cronies will have scurried under the rugs.

    Sad but true.

  • gitchafaxstr8

    @#9: Same ole soup warmed over. That's what you low life wanna bes said last year. WISHING WILL NOT MAKE IT SO.
    And why would you want it to be that way? That's what I don't understand.

  • BMBoston

    Do Council Members vet thier advisors- the newly elected Councilmember McDuffie's Ecomomic Advisor is a Deadbeat Dad and Child Support is searching for him, how ironic?

  • BMBoston

    Do the Council Members vet their advisors- the newly elected Councilmember McDuffie's Ecomomic Advisor is a Deadbeat Dad and Child Support is searching for him, how ironic?

  • Typical DC BS

    @BMBoston: I saw an article in the Examiner today that mentioned Kwame Brown / City Council was going to exempt council staff members from background checks when they get hired. Guess they don't want to find out about issues with their employees like you mentioned.

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