Loose Lips

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Councilmember David Catania worrying that the Orange's request to see the preliminary 2012 report, which has been unpublished on the grounds that OCF wants to see evidence held by the U.S. Attorney's Office, injected politics into Council business (heaven forbid!).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.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

  • DCShadyBoots

    (Opens popcorn)

    Waiting on Gray haters...

  • Tom M

    Mary Cheh opposes an action at the Council because it is "a political maneuver." Why do tell? I may have the vapors from such a SHOCKING revelation. Oh wait. CM Cheh endorsed the primary candidacy of Gray four years ago despite overwhelming support to Fenty on her home turf. The effect? Fenty won Ward 3 by 4:1 over Gray. Does CM Cheh still carry water for the mayor with the "Shadowy" campaign history?

  • DC Guy

    And yet, even with those numbers, Grey still beat Fenty handily. In otherwords, Ward 3 didn't factor into the electoral decision at all.

  • Not Surprised

    Cheh supported Kwame Brown so I am not surprised she suppors another crook.

    When Orange was being investigated for the Thompson situation, he published all the finance reports and even the letter from the OCF saying he was cleared.

    When you know you have done nothing wrong, you have nothing to hide.

    My cousin from DC Jail said you were cute Mayor Gray!

    One City, One piece of Soap! Dont Drop It ahahah

  • S.E.

    "When you know you have done nothing wrong, you have nothing to hide".

    Precisely!!!!!

    Why can't we move on? If the U.S. Attorney has something let's see it!

  • WATCHDOG

    Yes, lets wait and see. Its not over until the fat lady finish singing. There are a number of individuals in office that are crooks. I have a problem with several agency heads that cuurently dont reside in DC appointed by the mayor. Right now there are too many contracts being made to send money out of the city. These contactors are doing the work rather than DC just hire more DC employes. The medicaid unit is full of fraud and waste.(no one cares) Gray will not get this DC resident and DC Government employee vote.

  • JR

    MENDO is weak. DC NEEDS and demands a new chair. Is he still shacking up with carol mittens?

  • DR. ELIAS

    MURIEL SENT HER COMPANION TAMARA WATKINS OUT OF TOWN, UNTIL THE PRIMARY ENDS. COLD, MURIEL, JUST COLD!

  • Dean of SW

    Dr Elias are you outing Councilwoman Bowser......not nice

  • Janet M

    Who cares if bowser is gay, this helps her.

  • DR. ELIAS

    I AM NOT SAYING SHE IS GAY BUT THAT MURIEL HAS A LOVE COMPANION . SHE WAS SENT AWAY FOR POLITICAL REASONS THAT IS COLD.

    HOW DO YOU THINK TAMARA REALLY FEELS.

    JUST LIKE GRAY AVOIDS TALK ABOUT SHADOWS, ORANGE SAYS HE SUPPORTS GAY RIGHTS IN PUBLIC, BUT TELLS CHURCHES SOMETHING DIFFERENT AND BOWSER HIDES WHO SHE DATES.

    ALL OF THE ABOVE ARE VERY DISHONEST.

  • Incredible Dr. Phibes

    I welcome experimentation and discovery. You go girl, I mean, young lady.

  • BobbyDylan Rocks!

    Dr. Phibes, When are you going to make another movie? Get Johnny Depp to play you!

  • Dr. Van Helsing

    Bull Frog looking Vincent Orange needs a time out in a pond. He use to be a pimp for Pepco. He's another idiot running in the mayoral election.

  • David G

    LL why did Muriel's campaign send away her partner Tamara Watkins, she was local now it appears she moved to Chicago office for AMGEN.

  • i want to know

    Bull frog looking that's funny and accurate......Who cares is Bowser likes women. That's her business and issue. Can she do the job? I'm voting for Catania any way if I get the chance.

  • noodlez

    HEY V.O. HERE IS A CONCEPT: WHY DON'T YOU TRY TO WIN WITH SOME FRESH IDEAS INSTEAD OF HOPING MAYOR GRAY LOSES BECAUSE OF SOME BULLSHIT SOMEONE ELSE DECIDED WAS A FRESH IDEA?

  • Tight Lips

    Bullfrog fought for respectable wages against Wal-Mart while Gray pulled his pants down and smiled for the camera.

  • NBCGRIMM

    Bull Frog; now that was funny. Come to think of it, he does look like Kermit the Frog. LOL

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