Loose Lips

Vince Gray and Peter Nickles: Still Not Friends

It's been nearly three years since Vince Gray beat Mayor Adrian Fenty in the Democratic primary for mayor. Will the passage of time inspire Gray and Fenty uber-loyalist/attorney general Peter Nickles to bury the hatchet? Not if NewsChannel 8's NewsTalk With Bruce DePuyt has anything to say about it.

Last week, Nickles appeared on the show to declare that Vernon Hawkins' guilty plea was more proof that Gray's campaign stole the election. Nickles launched into an extended metaphor comparing Gray to disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong, with the shadow campaign standing in for the human growth hormone. "Bottom line, the election was corrupted and stolen," Nickles says.

This morning on NewsTalk, Gray returned the favor. Instead of responding to Nickles' claim that he made off with the election, Gray took digs at Nickles' omnipresence in the Fenty administration. "Peter Nickles was the attorney general," Gray says. "He was the mayor. He was the city administrator. He was everything."

Nickles was also much more persnickety than other Fenty brass, the mayor said. Gray singled out working with then-city administrator Neil Albert as a delight.

But don't think the mayor's looking to get into the fray. "I have no intention of engaging with him," Gray says.

Except for, y'know, all that engaging.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

  • dcDionne

    Gray and Nickles are the same: No Good.

    Gray is talking about Nickles acting as was the City Administrator under Fenty. Fenty's City Administrator was Allen Lew, who is a crook. And Gray kept Lew as his City Administrator.

    Gray is playing the people just like Nickles and Fenty did.

    And who is Nickels to criticize Gray? Nickles is no better than Gray is.

    The people threw out Fenty, and they'll throw out Gray too.

  • Barry Morase

    I didn't know Nickles was still alive. I thought he passed away last yere.

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  • anthony wimms

    Peter enabeled all of Fenty's thievery via Skinner, Jannerone and Moten.

  • sticktoyourguns

    Nickles stole and allowed Fenty to steal just as much...he was just better at the cover more so than Gray's folks.

  • drez

    Oh, please.
    Gray's not willing to explain his own corruption so he changes the subject and talks about people who are not under federal investigation.

  • cminus

    If I were Gray, I'd do everything possible to encourage Nickles to attack me publicly. Because that would remind people that Nickles existed, and thus why the city voted for Gray in the first place.

  • Corky

    Gray should be thanking Nickles for being such an uber-asshole that there was no way that this city was going to put up with another four years of his insanity. Thankfully, Nickles is back in McLean. Oh, that's right. He never really left Virginia.

  • RealDCShadyBoots

    Gizmo the Gremlin Nickles needs to go somewhere and sit down.

  • drez

    The people that Nickles spent the most time fighting with- HTJ, Tommy, Michael Brown- are now all convicted felons. Gray is next.
    I imagine he'll sit down after that.

  • RealDC

    F*** Peter Nickles!!

    The Worst city attorney, ever! He was out of touch then and is just waste of time to even discuss. Who gives a crap about his excuse on why his boy, Fenty lost.

    Fuck Nickles and his city paid limo service back to McLean every night during the Fenty reign!! Old azzz loser makes me sick!! ***%$^**&&^%**

  • RealDCShadyBoots

    @drez, Unless he dies on his feet. God willing.

  • drez

    There are worse things than to die with one's boots on.