Vince Gray Wins Current Endorsement
Northwest Current publisher Davis Kennedy has had his hours-long grillings with the mayoral candidates, and now he's making his endorsement: Vince Gray.
While the notoriously Internet-wary Current hasn't posted its latest issue online yet, you can read the endorsement on Twitter. After praising Gray for his schools policy and criticizing him for homelessness and the state of the fire department, the Current takes Gray up on his offer to "turn the page" on the 2010 shadow campaign:
But a strong record doesn’t address many voters’ concerns about the “shadow” campaign waged to help elect him four years ago. Mr. Gray told us that he was unaware of the illegal effort, and most of the people we asked about his integrity—an array of political insiders—have said they don’t question it. While we think he should have been aware of the shadow campaign, we believe he was in the dark. And we think that if the evidence existed to indict him, the U.S. attorney would have done so by now.
The Current is apparently still holding a grudge against the Large Retailer Accountability Act supporters, with three candidates—Andy Shallal, Vincent Orange, and Evans—dinged for backing it. The paper passed over Muriel Bowser and Tommy Wells, meanwhile, for lack of management experience.
Ex-State Department official Reta Jo Lewis and White House party crasher Carlos Allen get the worst assessments, with the editorial saying that they “don’t demonstrate the grasp on the issues that we would demand of our mayor."
Gray campaign manager Chuck Thies declined to compare the Post endorsement won by Bowser and Gray's Current win, then did so anyway. "You’re talking about a newspaper that is completely out of touch versus a newspaper that has its finger on the pulse," Thies says.
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