Mayor Gray: I Work Hard
Oops. Sorry, readers. LL got distracted and forgot to put up a post about Mayor Vince Gray's reaction to the poll in this morning's Washington Post that says more than half the city wants Gray to resign.
Asked today if the results sting a little, Gray told reporters: "Of course it does." He then transitioned into his now-well-worn stump speech about how hard he works for the city ("I work 14, 16, 18 hours" a day) and all the progress that's being made in the District under his watch. Gray then asked the media for help explaining about the bright spots in his administration, like not spending the city's reserves!
"I think it would be helpful if you put the facts out there," Gray said.
Meanwhile, his lawyer Robert Bennett put out a statement saying Gray's the real victim in this whole mess. Bennett's statement after the jump:
Mayor Gray is being treated very unfairly by some in the media and those with their own political agendas.
They are not focusing on the very good things he is doing for our city – the improvements he has made in city services, the local economy and the Welfare of the less fortunate in our community.
There is a rush to judgment based on speculation and a presumption of guilt. He has not been charged with anything, much less convicted.
I have advised Mayor Gray that out of respect for the U.S. Attorney’s investigation, he should not comment on the facts. Nevertheless, you should not disregard the presumption of innocence, to which all Americans are entitled, including Mayor Gray.
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