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Morning Clicks

Mayor Vince Gray standing by his new housing man, Michael Kelly, who quit his last job after shtupping one of his employees. But says he never gave her a raise! [Post]

Non-Democrats want Michael Brown's seat [Times]

Marion Barry hates streetcars [Examiner]

Gray picks nominees for youth runaway panel [Times]

Property tax revenue down $100 million [Examiner]

Barry's new flack calls him Ward 8's "Commander-in-chief" [DCist]

Michelle Rhee banned from a tiny corner of the Internet [HuffPo]

Gray wants city agencies to have more time to produce b.s. FOIA responses [WAMU]

Grand jury members bored, need their iPhones! [DCist]

  • Wise

    Marion Barry halted the streetcars contract, and the company pushing for it has Catania on the payroll?

    How shady is this? Why hasn't anyone on the council established a law banning outside employment.

    The council is terrible!

  • KeepInItReal

    Not only is Catania on the payroll, he is a Vice President (M.C. Dean). Worse, they receive millions in District contracts annually and Catania never recuses himself from a vote on contracts granted to them.

    Of course, LL doesn't care about ethical lapses unless the culprit is an African American politician.

  • No Shame At All

    So thats why they do not want Orange to hold an important seat. If he gets a hold of Chairman Evans, Catania, Cheh and others will be in trouble because Orange will ban outside working and thats cutting into their glamour life.

    Interesting..... its funny how they make that guy seem self-serving yet its the other crooks that are only looking out for themselves..

  • tony

    Mayor Gray is the man. Sure, he has had his problems but what Mayor of a major city has not had some setbacks. He has this city on the right track and he continues to do a great job. Unfortunately, there are people who will never support the man no matter what he does. So Gray must stay focus and intensify his community outreach efforts as a means of solidifying his base.
    As long as Mayor Gray can retain his support amongst his base he will survive these setbacks.
    I predict that the black community, in general, will stand behind the Mayor. And the more he is attacked by the white Media and establishment while people like David Catania, Jack Evans, and Jim Graham get a free pass concerning their blatant public corruption activities, the more Mayor Gray will be supported by his base.
    Also, I believe that his foes are making a serious miscalculation in assuming that he is going to resign if he is charged. I don’t believe that Mayor Gray will resign. If he is indicted, I predict that he will fight the charge(s) and go to trial. And, when or if this occurs, the racial tension in this city will probably become unbearable and such will have a chilling effect on the way of life for many of the players and citizens in this city.
    Good luck to any white candidate who tries to get the black vote in such a hostile and racially polarized environment. Phil Mendleson included.

  • Sammy

    @tony,

    Methinks you've been smoking some of the ex-Mayor-for-Life's private stash. Better stick to your day job, not punditry.

    Just as some say that national demographic trends favor the Democrats in the long term, DC is changing demographically. (And I am not speaking of race, but I am speaking new and younger residents who are not tied to the past.) These local trends aren't friendly to Vince Gray's "base", which is shrinking. More and more residents of all racial backgrounds are tired of the old "DC way" -- crony, dynastic klepto-politics. They look to the DC government as a provider of (hopefully quality) municipal services, not as the employer of first and last resort for the politically connected and their extended networks.

    Gray and the One City crowd are probably the last gasp of the old DC nomenklatura. At least I hope so!

    Speaking of "tony," I wish Mayor Tony Williams would come back.

  • noodlez

    SEWERMAN WILL NOT PIVOT TOWARDS GAYTANIA!
    IF HE DOES SEE THE WARM AND FUZZY PIECE ABOUT EVANS HE PENNED A WHILE BACK.

    INSTEAD OF FOCUSING ON THE GAYTANIA/MC DEAN CONNECTION THAT RUNS DEEP WITH MILLION DOLLAR CONTRACTS AND TOP LEVEL POSITIONS THE FOCUS WILL BE ON THE MAYOR FOR LIFE AND THE SNIDE REMARKS HE MAKES.

    THIS IS MARION BARRY TELLING ON GAYTANIA WITHOUT SNITCHING!

  • cutthecrap

    @Tony...It's the Mayor's base that he harms the most. Mayor Gray could care less about the African American community. He longs for white approval as do all African American politicians in DC.

    @sammy...crackheads can always spot another crackhead, and you've been hitting that same glass dick w/Tony. Any politician in DC that is smart knows that he/she needs both bases if they are to succeed in this city. One can not do without the other. Do I need to teach a poli-sci class up in here? It has been two years and you folks have not learned the lesson on Adrian "won all precincts" Fenty...need I say more?

  • I.J.

    Gray is a strong black man that can give a rats ass what the media thinks. The man is moving this city forward and he should be able to nominate anyone he wants whithout being validated by white folks in the media.

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