Vincent Orange Side Door-Gate Continues
Does Vincent Orange's office have a side door? LL thought this debate was dead, but Orange brought it back to life this afternoon by demanding a D.C. Council investigation into the matter.
On June 12, Orange dodged reporters waiting outside his office to ask him about a federal subpoena of his campaign. That prompted NBC 4's Mark Segraves to report that Orange slipped out a side door. But because Orange's office doesn't have a side door, Orange insists that made people think he jumped out of his office window.
Orange hasn't received an apology from NBC 4, despite a press release complaining that they turned him into "the butt of jokes." So Orange took his quest for a correction to the dais today, asking for a Council investigation of the station.
Orange promised to provide voicemails from Segraves and receipts from a lunch he had that day at the San Antonio Grill as evidence. "As y'all know, there is only one way in my office and one way out," Orange says.
Segraves, who was in the chamber when Orange asked for the investigation, declined to comment. When Orange sent out his press release about the phantom side door last month, though, Segraves told LL that he meant a side door to the Wilson Building, not Orange's office.
Marion Barry co-sponsored Orange's request for an investigation, but Chairman Phil Mendelson declined to refer it to a committee. Now we'll never get to the bottom of this.
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