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Campaign Worker Takes Aim At VO, Again

The long-running drama between frequent District campaign worker Vickey Wilcher and one of her former clients (maybe?) has a new chapter.

Wilcher sent out a letter to an undisclosed list of D.C. politicos shortly before the new year accusing Councilmember Vincent Orange of spreading lies and unfairly attacking Wilcher's character. Wilcher added that she forgives Orange his trespasses, but she hopes he'll "re-think his tactics, seek forgiveness and operate from a place of genuine concern about the people he is charged with serving." LL has not been able to reach Wilcher for comment.

More important than Wilcher's missive, though, is the fact that her letter came attached with old emails that appear to contradict Orange's statements denying that Wilcher worked for his 2011 campaign.

A brief recap of the soap opera so far, along with some additional information explaining why this set-to between Orange and Wilcher is  worth following:

  • Wilcher says she worked for Orange's successful campaign for an at-large seat during the 2011 special election. Wilcher says the campaign did not pay her directly, but paid Wicher's friend so that Wilcher's name would not appear on campaign finance disclosure forms. Orange has consistently denied this.
  • Wilcher briefly worked for Orange's opponent, Sekou Biddle, as campaign manager during the 2012 Democratic primary. In March 2012, Orange attacked Biddle for hiring Wilcher because she is a Republican who once got into legal trouble for trying to bring a gun into the Wilson Building.
  • A few days later, Wilcher said Orange was playing "dirty" by using her gun-related troubles to attack Biddle.
  • In September, LL was first to report that the FBI was asking about the 2011 campaign, the one that Wilcher may or may not have worked on. That campaign was heavily financed by Jeff Thompson, the alleged financier of what the feds say is an illegal "shadow campaign" that helped get Mayor Vince Gray elected in 2010. (Some of the donations tied to Thompson came in the form of money orders that Orange said were "suspicious." More on this later.)
  • In October, the Post's Colby King reported that Wilcher had spoken to the feds about Orange's campaign.
  • A few days later, Orange wrote a letter to the Post reiterating that Wilcher never worked for him. LL reported shortly after that several campaign aides said Orange's statements were untrue.

The emails Wilcher attached in her most recent letter strongly suggest that Wilcher did in fact, work for Orange.

There's an email from March 6, 2011, that Orange sent to multiple campaign workers setting up a meeting for the "key players of Team Orange." Wilcher's email address is the first one listed.

An organization chart sent from a campaign aide on March 10, 2011, has Wilcher in charge of "phones/labor." There are also emails between Wilcher and a private campaign phone banking operation confirming a contract with the firm and Orange's campaign. And there's email exchanges between Wilcher and Orange a few days before the election scheduling an event in Ward 8 for the candidate.

LL forwarded the emails to Orange asking whether he still maintains that Wilcher did not work for his campaign. Orange's response: "Yes!"

LL asked Orange how to reconcile that statement with Wilcher's emails, but Orange did not respond.

A related note: A spokesman for the Office of Campaign Finance says his office and other law enforcement agencies are conducting an investigation "into the validity of various contributions made by money order." Spokesman Wesley Williams says the investigation is not focused on any particular candidate, but that donations made to Orange's campaign are being probed. As part of a recent audit, Orange submitted a notarized statement saying that he did not suspect any improprieties related to his campaign fundraising. When LL requested a copy of the statement through a Freedom of Information Act request, Williams says it was not a public record because of the ongoing investigation.

Here are Wilcher's emails:

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

  • DC Guy

    Buh Bye Vince, please don't run again.

  • joan

    Couldn't help not to miss - Team Orange CC: VERNON HAWKINS

  • WARD4NDC

    Yarn; all are losers!

  • RealDC

    Ok, is this story going somewhere?

    Not an Orange backer but where is the beef? Wilcher worked for Orange and then worked for Biddle. Orange won. Biddle lost. Ok, she is 1 for 2, 50-50, so what?

    Again, Thompson put money in alot of campaigns.... Bowser, Catania, Fenty??

    Get real, Orange is a cheezy "dime store" politician but he is no more of a crook than Bowser, Catania, Fenty, Gray, Cheh, Evans...lets just say the whole council. But the ferocity that this paper and the Post go after him makes me real suspicious of the reporting.

    Meanwhile, Graham gets a pass.

    Grasso got a pass and was lucky enough to be on the ballot when Obama was on the ballot, so the turn out was very high and he benefited. His weed puffing behind is full of it and from the sound of his speech, he is "sniffing" himself a little bit...get real!!

  • truth hurts

    Eventually V.O. will pull the bunny out of his hat and hope to reconcile his disclaimers by parsing legalistic definitions of "worked for". Too clever by half, old boy.

  • Welllllllll!!!!!

    GRASSO/GROSSO's behind did a lot more than puff weed, folks. Look it. Might cost you a couple of bucks, but it's worth the time and the $$$$$$. Curious what the haters will be saying about him now that he's on the council everybody loves to hate.

  • Welllllllll!!!!!

    "Look it up....."

  • mizwillis

    Vicky Wilcher should carry her pistol packing behind back to W.Va or where ever the heck she came from. Anybody stupid enough to be caught entering a government building in DC with a weapon must be suffering with some sort of delusion or denial.

    I think she tried to get some of us to do something off the beaten path with her right after the Vince Gray campaign, but I can't remember what it was. Seemed shady then, and I'm glad my friends and I decided not to help her. Will go back through my notes because I'm really curious about how this gangster broad got to work in any campaign.

    .....Oh, that's right, she was a syncophant of a really big (both literally and figuratively speaking) woman in the DC Government. Wasn't she connected to Alan Lew, too?

  • Drez

    Denial, deflection, obfuscation.
    The hilarity continues.

  • nowaitadaminit

    Surely the jest is aimed back-at-cha, Drez.
    Have you finally gained a little insight?
    Because the d,d,o describes your persona perfectly.
    But I still like you. I really, really do like you, Playa.

  • Drez

    Being obsessed with someone isn't exactly the same thing as liking them.
    If you don't beleive me, ask your parol officer.

  • nowaitadaminit

    In your dreams, numbnuts.
    Obsession? Nah, but having my way with you IS beginning to bore me. After all, I do have my dignity to maintain and the young people I try to encourage are seeing that less than noble side of me that doesn't suffer fools. Please do talk about me when I'm gone.

  • Drez

    The last you'll hear from me is a laugh as the door hits you on the way out.

  • nowaitadaminit

    Ahhh!!! So you WERE Amused.
    I rest my case.
    But please don't disappoint me.
    Make it the really really last, PLEASE.

  • truth hurts

    He/she's not going anywhere. Stalkers stalk, it's what they do.

  • Drez

    Right. She reminds me of some of my high school friends' younger sisters.

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  • Just Me

    I like that Lenwood Johnson of the ANC sexline calls is on his list of key folks.....

  • You Mad

    Vicky is just mad she got the short end of the totem pole after she proved how weak her loyalty is when she joined Biddle's camp.

    There is nothing that crazy going on in West VA that you have to bring a gun to DC to handle your job for politics.

    She probably tried to snake Orange with the Gun incident, it backfired, so then she went to Biddle's team and talked about how poorly she was treated.... Super WEAK!

  • TheContrarianOne

    Back to Jim Graham and his debauchery.

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