Gray Aide “Lost Himself in Loyalty” to Mayor
Here's an interesting take on Vince Gray campaign operative-turned-convict Thomas Gore: He loved the mayor too much.
Gore, the de facto 2010 Gray campaign treasurer, pleaded guilty last year to violating campaign finance and obstruction of justice laws in an attempt to funnel money to third-tier mayoral candidate Sulaimon Brown, and then cover it up.
In a sentencing recommendation filed today by the U.S. Attorney's Office, Gore is quoted saying he only helped Brown because he wanted to help his friend—the unnamed Candidate A who resembles Gray—get elected to office. One of Gore's friend's told prosecutors that he participated in the scheme because he was "lost in loyalty" to Gray.
Prosecutors weren't moved, though, and are asking that Gore receive six months in prison and six months house arrest. "Preserving the integrity of Candidate A's campaign and saving the campaign from the shame of future, scandalous revelations would have been a far better way for a person in Gore's position to demonstrate loyalty to his longtime friend," the sentencing memorandum reads.
Gore's sentencing is scheduled for July 26.
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