Council Colleagues Won’t Back Vincent Orange on Vince Gray Investigation
Vincent Orange wants to know what's in the long-delayed Office of Campaign Finance report on Vince Gray's last campaign. No doubt many of his twelve D.C. Council colleagues, four of whom are also either running against Gray or considering a mayoral bid, would like to see it, too. But Orange couldn't translate that curiosity into votes Tuesday, with only fellow mayoral candidate Muriel Bowser voting in favor of his symbolic resolution asking for the report to be released.
Orange's open-records quest got off to a rough start, with both Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh and potential candidate and At-Large Councilmember David Catania worrying that the Orange's request to see the preliminary 2012 report, which has been unpublished on the grounds that OCF wants to see evidence held by the U.S. Attorney's Office, injected politics into Council business (heaven forbid!).
"I think this is just a political maneuver," Cheh said.
Gray campaign manager Chuck Thies also got in some jabs at Bowser and Orange for supporting the failed resolution.
“Cheap political stunts are something that are not uncommon to Vincent Orange, but now we see in her hour of desperation that Muriel Bowser is willing to play along with cheap political stunts," Thies tells LL.
Stunt or not, yesterday's loss has persuaded Orange to stop pursuing the report. "It's up to the Office of Campaign Finance now," he says.
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