Loose Lips

Gray Apologizes at Campaign Kickoff, Says It’s Time to Move On

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Mayor Vince Gray tried to put 2010 behind him at his campaign kickoff today, apologizing for any harm caused by his last mayoral campaign, which remains under federal investigation, but saying that only his opponents and ratings-obsessed reporters will continue to dwell on it.

“ I want to apologize for the pain that my campaign—my campaign—caused, and I want to ask your forgiveness for what happened,” Gray told the crowd, earning him a standing ovation and chants of “four more years” at Ward 8's THEARC community center.

As with his apology earlier this week on WUSA9, Gray apologized for missing the campaign corruption said he could not, as he put it today, “apologize for the misdeeds of others.” Those others would include Howard Brooks, Thomas Gore, and Vernon Hawkins, all of whom have pleaded guilty to crimes connected to the campaign or the illicit shadow campaign.

“We can't be mired in the past, ladies and gentlemen, we have too much to do,” Gray said.

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Gray campaign co-chair Jerry A. Moore III echoed Gray in his introduction, recounting a story in which a reporter asked him a "loaded" question about the 2010 campaign.

After his apology, Gray touted his record, including rebuilt high schools and a drop in unemployment. A short video spot played before the event focused on spreading economic development to all 8 wards. Campaign manager Chuck Thies declined to say whether it will be the campaign's first TV ad.

Gray did not talk to reporters after the event. Thies said that although Gray has apologized to voters, he doesn't owe an apology to defeated opponent Adrian Fenty, because the shadow effort didn't sway the election.

"I wish that you could take $600,000 and some yard signs and some T-shirts and change the outcome of an election," Thies said.

Closing his speech, Gray recalled his "One City" slogan. “I will continue to have your back over the next five years—one more year plus four," Gray said.

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Photos by Darrow Montgomery

Comments

  1. #1

    I was not a Gray supporter in 2010 and the campaigns shananigans bother me profusely, but I believe that he was not aware.

    He has apologized. He can't be held accountable for the actions of others, especially since he did not know.

    Gray is the best suited to continue governing our city and his record of service over the past 3 years is excellent. He has done much for immigrants, Asian Americans and others.

  2. #2

    Today's apology from Mayor Gray has assured him my family's vote. All we need to hear is that he was not involved and felt bad about what went down. As he said, it is time to turn the page.

    Other candidates need to speak about their record. What have they accomplished and what are their plans for DC.

    Mary

  3. #3

    Gary Park:

    I have resided in the District for over 20 years. During this time, I have forwarded written concerns to numerous Mayors including Mayor Gray. Each Mayor that proceeded Gray routinely forwarded a correspondence, over his/her signature, acknowledging receipt of the complaint. Within the acknowledgment, the previous Mayor's would briefly express how he/she would address the matter.

    Not Mayor Gray. Based upon my experiences, he refuses to personally acknowledge receipt of constituent complaints. This puts him in the perfect position to later say that he didn't know about the issue raised - it puts him in the position to avoid responsibility.

    If you doubt me, forward a complaint to his office and see the great lengths he goes to to avoid acknowledging the complaint.

    Any suggestion that Gray didn't know what was going on in his campaign is silly. The fact that he has allowed others to take a "fall" for conduct he himself participated in speaks to his character.

  4. #4

    Ecoleman thank you for your thoughts. Who are you thinking of supporting?

  5. #5

    Gray's a crook. He "apologizes" for things he cannot bring himself to name, all the while he directs the people's attorney general and his own staff and friends to obstruct the US Attorney's investigation. The same investigation that has resulted in felony pleas from his top aids.
    He's not worthy to be mayor.

  6. #6

    I have had nothing but responsiveness from his government. My issue was 2010 campaign not the last 3 years. I live in ward five by catholic u. Where do you live Coleman?

  7. #7

    drezzz you are politically motivated. Provide proof and facts that mayor gray is corrupt and crook, otherwise you are slandering the man. It is easy to accuse and follow rumors, more difficult to accept reality and provide facts evidence.

  8. #8

    If you have evidence present it. Drez

  9. #9

    Why does he direct his own AG to obstruct the US Atty investigation into his own office?

  10. #10

    Mary and Drezz the man has apologized as admited not being aware. Again as Mary has asked Drezz provide evidence and facts otherwise have some common courtesy and refrain from callin him a crook or of being corrupt.

    Who are you votin for Drezz? Please enlighten us.
    Gppl

  11. #11

    He needs to come clean. There needs to be an unobstructed external investigation.
    He needs to cooperate with Ron Machen.
    That he refuses to do so and instead uses all his government powers to obstruct this is proof enough for any reasonable person, "Mary Ellen".

  12. #12

    Drezz I am sure you are smart and deserve respect. Attack gray on his failings as mayor but without evidence please don't call him corrupt or crooked. When did he ask his attorney general to obstruct justice? Again is there proof of his?

    I you provide it, I will be th first one to condemn this actions.

    Do you live in dc? Do you have a candidate?

  13. #13

    Mary Ellen is right, you sound like you follow dc politics point us to the evidence! Proof! We Wil see your point. Otherwise admit an say you don't like him and prefer someone else it's you right.

  14. #14

    All who is drez and what makes them an expert? Mary Ellen so the apology was enough for you?

    Gary what about his blind support for fire chief?

  15. #15

    MaryEllen:

    I am attempting to determine the best way to present specific incidences where Mayor Gray displayed a flagrant disregard for District contracting, personnel, human rights, etc. law. I have documentation that I would also like to post. In an earlier comment, I welcomed readers to send me an e-mail address where I can forward documentation to support my statements. The e-mail address is epcoleman2730@yahoo.com.

    You are welcomed to forward me a e-mail address Mary Ellen.

  16. #16

    There u go Sam, now that is a real issue fire dept failings. But drez keeps saying gray is corrupt.

  17. #17

    GaryPark:

    I was a District Government employee up to a few months ago. I have proof. Send me an e-mail address. I ask for
    one thing in return. Forward the documentation that I forward to you to those you know.

  18. #18

    Maryellen:

    I live in Ward 8 and am well respected throughout this city. I noticed that you have not forwarded me an e-mail address. I'm going to figure out a way to let everyone know about what I learned while employed with the DC Government. Mayor Gray is corrupt pure and simple. Anyone who desires proof has my e-mail address.

  19. #19

    Ecoleman why are you not in dc gov any more?

  20. #20

    Mary Ellen:

    The District wrongfully terminated my employment because I brought an issue, which posed a serious threat to the general public, to the attention of District officials.

    I would love to give you the details. Mayor Gray proudly announced a budget surplus at the end of fiscal year 2012. It was amazing wasn't it! However, the public would be deeply troubled to hear the lengths Gray and Lew went to to generate that surplus.

    The proof that I have that Gray is corrupt is a totally unrelated issue.

    The depth of the corruption is borderline terrifying!

  21. #21

    @ecoleman,

    Look man, it seems that you have some sort of personnel issue with the city and you should resolve that issue with the city somehow. But, bro you can't use that issue to smear the Mayor in a hotly contested campaign election and then say you are not being political.

    If your issue is legitimate then you have avenues to have those issues dealt with. But, you can't present those issues in a mayoral contest and then say you are being genuine and fair. Such personal issues become political attacks. And, those political attacks will not be tolerated.

    Best regards and I sincerely wish you peace and financial prosperity.

  22. #22

    We believe that Drez lives in Shaw on 5th Street, Northwest. He is the crazy MM, a tall black dude, a blogger addict that loves slandering people and rides a bike often and loves to bash Gray and his administration. Oh he is a Republican.

  23. #23

    Tony:

    Mr. Gray is seeking re-election as Mayor of our city. I agree that the manner in which this city is managed is a personal issue - I am a homeowner and long term resident of this city. Your suggestion that it is inappropriate for me to make the statements I have made is silly given that what I have said is true. I noticed that you did not challenge me to present proof. That's because you probably don't want to hear it.

    My issues are legitimate and I am using a legitimate and acceptable means of letting the voters know who Mayor Gray really is. I refuse to feel guilty for it.

    "Those political attacks will not be tolerated?" Are you serious?! This ain't 1862 and my name ain't Toby. Mayor Gray has requested that the citizens of this city consider him to be Mayor for another 4 years!

    This city has had its fill of corruption! Enough is enough. Do you care to receive my proof? If so, send
    me your e-mail address.

  24. #24

    @ecoleman If you have the goods, I am sure the reporters for this website's newspaper would be more than happy to review it and report on it if it is valid.

    To all, will you avoid supporting Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race because of Thompson's shadow campign for her?

  25. #25

    ecoleman:

    In reference to Tony's comment, "..political attacks will not be tolerated.." This is a strange statement..

    Tony is a city official sending a message to all District employees, "If you comment on the mismanagement of the District Government or Mayor Gray's character, there will be consequences. Negative consequences.

    These people are managing District employees like this is a 3rd world country.

    Threats and intimidation to hide insecurities and deficiencies.

  26. #26

    @Ecoleman,

    It’s clear that you are just another one of the Mayor’s hater posing as some innocent victim. Naw, I don’t buy it for one minute. If you think that you can politically attack a candidate and not be politically attack then you are completely delusional. And I am not interested in receiving nothing from a man who admits to being a “snitch”.

    @DCEmployee

    -In reference to Tony's comment, "..political attacks will not be tolerated.." This is a strange statement.

    I don’t know what Country you live in but in this country political attacks are responded to with political attacks. That’s how American politics works. No political candidate tolerates being politically attack without responding in like kind.

    -Tony is a city official sending a message to all District employees,

    I am not a District official of any kind. I have never been or ever will be a government official of any kind. Just like you and others I am voicing my personal opinions and I will continue to do so.

  27. #27
  28. #28

    Tony:

    What do you think about the "snitch" that reported that previous Councilmember Thomas was defrauding a youth development program? What do you think about the "snitch" that reported that prior Councilmember Brown was accepting bribes? What about the "snitch" that alerted authorities that a DTR employee, who pled guilty to embezzling over $30 million, was committing fraud?

    I think you get the point. I don't think that you want to live in a lawless society Tony. If you do, visit the lower part of Savannah Terrace, SE around 2 am. You won't be there because you don't want to experience lawlessness. Neither do I.

    You are not dealing with an uneducated man Tony.

    Governing a city is a major undertaking. Our current leadership is simply not up to the task. It abuses its authority and power to compensate for its deficiencies.

    You are probably angry with me because you have probably been brainwashed into believing that I am substandard and unworthy of due process. But I ain't mad at ya. I am experienced enough to know that in order for you to believe that I am unworthy, you must first believe that you are unworthy yourself.

    "Hater?" Please don't address me with that street ----.

    You have my e-mail address when you are ready to receive the facts. I have not requested that the City Paper publish my position because I am not sure that it is the proper forum.

  29. #29

    Tony:

    By the way, would you please express your understanding of the role and importance of law in a civilized society?

  30. #30

    The Gray Express Train is still going full steam ahead. We ain't stopping. See you on Election Night!

    BONK!! BONK!!

  31. #31

    Tony:

    Just as I thought. When its time to come forth with a thoughtful well reasoned reply, you have nothing of substance to say. This kind of ignorance is exactly what
    candidates like Gray rely upon.

    Your response is like one made by a clown or cartoon character. Why are you belittling yourself? Have you bought into the notion that you are low and unworthy -
    that you are a second class citizen worthy of a second class government?

    Tony, carry yourself upright with dignity and in a manner worthy of respect and demand such from your government.

  32. #32

    ...ain't no stopping us now, we on the move...

    BONK!! BONK!!

  33. #33

    Vincent "Chris Christie" Gray:
    @AP: GOP defends Gov. Chris Christie, while Democrats say it's hard to believe he knew nothing about the bridge plan: http://t.co/vmX9apPFxq
    No wonder President Obama has avoided appearing with him since Suliamon brought Gray's shadow campaign into light.

  34. #34

    drez:

    You are very receptive and right on point! And do you remember how Senator Harry Reid walked away from Mayor Gray on Capital Hill during the government shutdown.
    They have absolutely no respect for our elected officials.

    Amazingly, District official seem to believe that their antics are not well known and visible. Congressman and other legislators, attorneys, college professors, Federal Judges and other court official, prior and present District employees, Federal employees, etc. routinely speak about the mismanagement of the District Government. I believe strongly that this is why we have not fully realized Home Rule. We have not demonstrated that we are capable of properly managing ourselves. This is the argument many Congressman made when opposing the District's request to elect its own Mayor.

    But I don't think that it is all coincidental. People that are unorganized are easier to control and take advantage of. This mismanagement makes it easier for the developers to take advantage of the city and to exploit it, and its residents, for their benefit.

  35. #35

    Enuff, Ecoleman/hater/self-hater/sour grapes/disgruntled former employee/SNITCH/or whatever else people can think of to call you if we cared to think about it.

    Your time is up. Go find a lawyer to handle your case and do what people who have a case do. You sound like a damn fool with your limp d*** threats.

    Who wants to hear from somebody who wants due process for himself, but not for others. You lack insight, dawg. All of your education seems to have been left at the bottom of Savannah Terrace. Run fast enough and you may be able to hop that railing and find it somewhere on Southern Avenue. And take that fool drez with you. He can put his bike over the rail and give you a lift....to Md or somewhere. Anywhere but DC.

    As tony said "Bonk, Bonk!!!!

  36. #36

    ^ Typical One City

  37. #37

    MURIEL in 2014!!!!!
    MURIEL in 2014!!!!!
    MURIEL in 2014!!!!!
    MURIEL in 2014!!!!!
    MURIEL in 2014!!!!!

  38. #38

    HUAlum71:

    The tone of your response is typical of individuals who either have no substantive point or are unable to articulate it. They take things to a silly street level because they lack wisdom, understanding and maturity.

    They are easy prey for the predator. Until you properly educate yourself, you are the prey.

    Due process for government employees include a proper functioning mechanism to report government abuse, mismanagement and conduct that jeopardizes the safety of the general public. In my case, I expressed legitimate concern regarding the improper maintenance of life safety equipment, which posed a threat to the general public, to management within my organization. My employment was terminated as a result. Also, FYI District employees are required by law to report waste, fraud and abuse. District employees agree to this prior to appointment.

    HUAlum71, do you believe that the justice is blind and that the scale of justice is balanced in the D.C. Superior Court? Please. Where have you been!

    Send me an e-mail address

  39. #39

    HUAlum71:

    The tone of your response is typical of individuals who either have no substantive point or are unable to articulate it. They take things to a silly street level because they lack wisdom, understanding and maturity.

    They are easy prey for the predator. Until you properly educate yourself, you are the prey.

    Due process for government employees include a proper functioning mechanism to report government abuse, mismanagement and conduct that jeopardizes the safety of the general public. In my case, I expressed legitimate concern regarding the improper maintenance of life safety equipment, which posed a threat to the general public, to management within my organization. My employment was terminated as a result. Also, FYI District employees are required by law to report waste, fraud and abuse. District employees agree to this prior to appointment.

    HUAlum71, do you believe that justice is blind and that the scales of justice are balanced in the D.C. Superior Court? Please. Where have you been!

    Send me an e-mail address.

  40. #40

    HUAlum71:

    By the way, this is about Mayor Gray's bid for re-election. I have a list points I am forwarding to readers.
    My concerns go far beyond what happened regarding my employment.

    Send me an e-mail address.

  41. #41

    EPColeman, the mere fact that you must now resort to posting your "fact-finding" onto a blog rather than to the appropriate investigative body proves that your "evidence" is as credible as those who continue to suggest Fenty was a wife-beater. In other words...not at all.

    It's akin to the people who mount shopping-cart filled monuments in front of the WH or near the VP's residence. They too have no real case beyond their feelings. Ever heard of EEOC?

    And don't worry about DREZ folks, he's nothing beyond a rabblerouser in the Ted Cruz/Ann Coulter kinda way. He's upset because he hasn't found any credible information to indict Gray. You all must understand that he was so convinced that Fenty would win, he's been seething ever since.

  42. #42

    epcoleman, your skin is too thin.

    My academic credentials go far beyond the hallowed halls of good ole Howard U. I won't challenge you to a pissing (Is dat Ghetto enuff fo ya?) contest to reveal them. The true master in any form of debate should never have to prove it. It will always expose itself.

    I will defend my right to use ebonics and any other form of communication as I see fit. I did climb out of the 'street level' of which you speak, but I have never forgotten my roots.

    Perhaps you were born and raised with a silver, maybe even gold spoon in your mouth, and if so, that would explain your inability to pull yourself up by your boot straps and find another job and quit "cha whinin'".

    Strong types move on because challenge breeds strength.
    I, my challenger, thrive on adversity. If not I would be sulking around like you instead of carrying on with the family business I founded and CO-OWN; and from which only my family can terminate me. Not saying they wouldn't do so if I started going against the well-being of what we are continuing to build together. I would be very disappointed if they didn't.

    No, I don't feel comfortable sending you my email address.
    I want no part of 'snitchin' (There I go again with the Ghetto street level discourse). But good luck to you, madam/sir. If you have a family to care for, being unemployed must be really 'ruff'. My Dad had 'been dere and done dat' for most of his life, Bless his Heart.

  43. #43

    YO DOWNTOWN RESIDENTIAL NOT A GOOD LOOK SON! THE PETTINESS OF YOUR POSITION OVER 3 YEARS LATER LOOKS RATHER CHILDISH. THEN TO SPEAK ON MAYOR GRAY DIRECTING THE AG TO OBSTRUCT (WHHHAAAATTT?) IS TELLING SINCE IT WAS YOUR BOY FAGGIE FENTY'S COZY FAMILY RELATIONSHIP WITH PETER NICKLES THAT GOT FOLK ALL UP IN ARMS ABOUT MAKING THAT AN ELECTED POSITION. DUDE YOU ARE BETTER THAN THAT. STEP YOUR GAME UP!

    I SEE MY MAN APPLE SCRAP TONY HOLDING IT DOWN AS USUAL! PUTTING IN LIGHT WORK KEEPING ALL Y'ALL BAMMAS AT BAY!

    LOOK UNTIL MAYOR GRAY IS CONVICTED IN THE COURT OF LAW OR EXCEPTS A PLEA BARGAIN ALL THAT EXTRA SHIT NEEDS TO STOP. EVANS HANDS WERE SLAPPED FOR WRONG DOING I DONT SEE ANYONE VILIFYING HIM? GRAHAM INCLUDED!

    AS FAR AS I AM CONCERNED THE 2010 ISSUE IS PUT TO REST. MAYOR GRAY HAS DONE WELL. HE STUMBLED OUT THE GATE, REGAINED HIS FOOTING AND MOVING THE D.C. GOVERNMENT RIGHT ALONG IN A MANNER THAT IS DRAWING FOLK TO THE CITY INCREASING THE TAX BASE, CRIME IS DOWN & SPEED CAMERAS ARE UP, PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE FINALLY STABLE. KEEP IT GOING!
    MAYOR GRAY SHOULD GET AND WILL GET REELECTED!

    ONE CITY
    TWO STRIPES
    THREE STARS

  44. #44

    SEis4ME:

    You are being naïve.

    Send me an e-mail address.

  45. #45

    HUAlum71:

    Did you know that as of March 15, 2013 that there were only 3 elevators in the D.C. Public Schools inventory (there are well over 100 in service) that were free of deficiencies, that many of these deficiencies were serious in nature and that the District operated these elevators while knowing that the licenses to operate them had expired? Did you know that there are homeless shelters within the District that don't have fully functional fire alarm systems? Do you know that vital life safety equipment in a large number of DC municipal facilities are not being inspected as required by law.

    Call me a snitch all you want, but if someone's child had gotten killed on one of those elevators, I would have never been able to forgive myself.

  46. #46

    Uhm..no. In fact, the only people I would ever send an e-mail too here happen be those who run the website. Those people whom despite their somewhat anonymous nature, are more to use professional discretion when accessing personal information.

    OTOH, you are here behaving similar to those who used to stroll 5th and K NW. In this case, you're soliciting e-mails to prove a point you obviously weren't able to convince your former employer nor the appropriate governing body able to handle your "explosive" information.

    So no, you can't have my info and I doubt anyone else's either.

  47. #47

    You are cheating yourself if you vote for Vince Gray.

    If you want more scandals, keep voting for politicians who are involved in them. If you believe DC deserves something better, take a look at someone new.

    I'm glad he apologized, but as an elected official you hold him to a higher standard. Your team's performance is an indication of the job you have done. Vince Gray said it himself, that was the VINCE GRAY campaign. Not the Jeffrey Thompson campaign not Jeanne Clarke whoever.

    I will not be waiting for the US Attorney to help me make my decision.

  48. #48

    HUAlum71:

    Did you know that as of March 15, 2013 that there were only 3 elevators in the D.C. Public Schools inventory (there are well over 100 in service) that were free of deficiencies, that many of these deficiencies were serious in nature and that the District operated these elevators while knowing that the licenses to operate them had expired? Did you know that there are homeless shelters within the District that don't have fully functional fire alarm//sprinkler systems? Did you know that vital life safety equipment in a large number of DC municipal facilities are not being inspected as required by law. Did you know that several DCPS are not secure and that anyone can just enter side and rear doors undetected?

    Call me a snitch all you want, but if someone's child had gotten killed on one of those elevators, I would have never been able to forgive myself.

  49. #49

    SEis4ME:

    As of today @ 12:32 pm I have received well over 100 e-mails in reference to my postings.

    Mayor Gray proudly cited a budget surplus while knowing full well that the surplus was generated, in part, by
    intentionally withholding critical services including but not limited to DCPS elevator repairs and licensing. The list goes on and on and ...

    He asserts that he champions employment opportunity while
    knowing full well that the D.C. Office of Human Resources
    is not evaluating, and in no way considering, the applications of hundreds of applicants applying for each
    job opportunity posted by the District.

    Do you believe that all contractors that apply for District contracts are given an equal opportunity to compete? No they are not.

    Personnel working within contract related positions are required to break District contracting law as a condition of their continued employment.

    And it goes on and on and on and ...

  50. #50

    gray or evans will be mayor....why do people think bowser can be mayor when she never earned or has mastered being a council person yet?

  51. #51

    what makes me mad is people wasting their vote on someone who can't win!! you may like the person and I am not saying something bad here....but it's clear who has a real chance of winning.

  52. #52

    @stick2yourguns; Answer to your query@#50, two words: Delusional City!

  53. #53

    Stick2yourguns:

    Remember Malala Yousafzai, the young Afgan women who was shot in the head because she wanted an education? Remember President Obama, the African American presidential candidate who had the audacity to believe that he could be the first Black President of the U.S.? Remember the early colonist who had the nerve to believe
    that they could defeat the British? Remember that brave and compassionate Senator Elizabeth Warren who so bravely
    stood up against the big banks on behalf of the America people?

    Please don't be angered by those who moved to seek liberty and justice.

    Where is your faith?

  54. #54

    oh man, shut the fuck up!

    I am tryna drink my hen-dawg and you keep writing this bull shit!

    Now you wanna be some ole' big civil rights leader. Man, you have lost your fucking mind.

  55. #55

    Tony:

    RESPOND TO THIS ..

    Did you know that as of March 15, 2013 that there were only 3 elevators in the D.C. Public Schools inventory (there are well over 100 in service) that were free of deficiencies, that many of these deficiencies were serious in nature and that the District operated these elevators while knowing that the licenses to operate them had expired? Did you know that there are homeless shelters within the District that don't have fully functional fire alarm//sprinkler systems? Did you know that vital life safety equipment in a large number of DC municipal facilities are not being inspected as required by law. Did you know that several DCPS are not secure and that anyone can just enter side and rear doors undetected?

    Call me a snitch all you want, but if someone's child had gotten killed on one of those elevators, I would have never been able to forgive myself.

  56. #56

    TONY! TONY!! TONY!!!

    My main man. Sippin' on a little spiked egg nog left over from the holidays myself right now.

    Here's to you, my friend.

    Maybe we can send that tight ass ecoleman a taste. Might loosen him up a bit........NAH, that'll NEVER happen.

    Bonk! Bonk!!

  57. #57

    ^ one city.
    We can do better.

  58. #58

    @ECOLE-DID YOU KNOW THAT IF "IF" WAS A FIFTH WE ALL BE DRUNK! BAE BOY GIVE IT A REST. I'M SURE YOUR UNHAPPY QUEST WILL NOT GO UNNOTICED YA LOOKIN A BIT NEEDY THOUGH.

  59. #59

    If I didn't know better I'd think drez and and schoolman were joined at the hip as Siamese twins. But from what I read, Siamese twins grow tired of hauling one another around.

    Those two will probably be hauling each other around co-signing the garbage they spew forth from their minimalist brains for quite a while if drez's obsession over VCG is a barometer of their mutual hatin'.

  60. #60

    "VCG" is is the prime beneficiary from his felonious campaign that was funded by public tax dollars stolen from the people- you and me- by Jeffrey Thompson. He is not worthy. Hell, he didn't even pay the money back.
    Also, "VCG" is what his executive office employees call him. Much like the former Mayor's called him "AF" or "AMF".

  61. #61

    lolol@DRez, still mad over 4 years later hunh?

    You're really gonna bust a gasket once Gray is reelected.

    #GrayAllDay!

  62. #62

    Gray has my vote. Hand's down.

  63. #63

    I was homeless in DC during the Recession and Vincent Gray wanted to kick homeless people (including homeless FAMILIES) out into the street to save money - obviously. Many of the homeless marched the streets of DC in protest and it was even televised. Someone in a position of power who thinks that little of other humans (facing one of worst national crisis of their lives CANNOT have my vote. I urge anyone thinking about re-electing this man to keep this in mind and feel free to fact-check my statements about him.

  64. #64

    If Machen hasn't indicted him by April 1, Gray may very well win the Democrat primary battle. But there are more than enough Independent and Republican voters who are fed up with all the party shenanigans and the insider trading to elect a new face.
    Gray and Fenty were both decent CMs--they should have stuck to their knitting and ignored the corrupting influence of the imperial executive.

  65. #65

    Why do I love to kick drez around?
    I should be ashamed of myself for picking on the little wimp.

    But damn, drez: Now you're making up shit about former Mayor(s)??? Which former Mayors? Barry, Williams, Pratt, Barry, Barry, Barry???? or former mayor Fenty. Big difference in that little letter 's'.

    AF= A FORCE!!!!
    AMF= A MAJOR FORCE!!!!
    If Fenty did call him by those initials, that is exactly how he should have referred to him.

    Enuff, little one. I dislike bullies and damn if you ain't tryin' to push me into bullying yo stupid ass into the ground. Do you ever get tired of being pushed around or are you having fun?

  66. #66

    Gray will not be the next mayor. He's a crook. After watching his one and done term play out 76% of the voters in DC have decided that.
    You can vote for him if you like, but just realize everytime one of the few One City people cast a vote for Gray, David Catania smiles.
    Enjoy.

  67. #67

    Speaking of stupid asses, just a bit of English grammar for you, HU.

    Drez said:
    Also, "VCG" is what his executive office employees call him. Much like the former Mayor's called him "AF" or "AMF".

    Translation:
    Also, "VCG" [Gray's initials] is what his [Gray's] executive office employees call him [Gray]. Much like the former Mayor's [Fenty's executive office employees] called him "AF" or "AMF" [Fenty's initials].

    The big difference has nothing to do with the "s" and everything to do with the apostrophe before it.

  68. #68

    "I am NOT a crook."...Richard Milhouse Nixon
    John Mitchell, John Ehrlichman, H.R. Hadelman, Charles Colson, John Dean, E. Howard Hunt,G.Gordon Liddy, et al, may have thought otherwise.

    "I want to apoligize for you what my campaign-my campaign-caused."...Mayor Vincent Gray
    Thomas Gore, Jeanne Clark-Harris, Howard Brooks, Vernon Hawkins, et el, may think otherwise.

    What say ye, citizens of our nation's capital?

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    "Los participantes se organizan para protestar, y crear conciencia, fomentando el uso de la bicicleta como un transporte sustentado en la energa y locomocin humana, para dar as una visin al mundo de que la bicicleta es un medio de transporte libre de contaminantes, segura, benfica para el cuerpo y la salud", apunt la organizacin en el comunicado.

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    El ex futbolista francs habl ante las 54 federaciones que integran la UEFA y su comit ejecutivo al comienzo de una reunin de cuatro das en Dubrovnik, Croacia.

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