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Gray Friend Thomas Gore Released From Federal Custody

The federal investigation into Vince Gray's 2010 campaign has gone on so long that the only person sent to prison for it so far is already out. Just in time for election day!

Gray 2010 operative Thomas Gore was released from a D.C. area halfway house Friday, according to the Bureau of Prisons' website. A federal judge sentenced Gore in July to six months in custody for illicit work to help Gray get elected, despite claims that Gore had been blinded by his friendship with Gray. Gore's attorney didn't respond to LL's request for comment.

While Jeff Thompson's shadow campaign on Gray's behalf has been getting all the press lately, Gore made his name in the less grand but much more comical Sulaimon Brown escapade. Gore and other Gray campaign workers funneled Gray campaign money to Brown to keep him in the race, while Brown slammed then-mayor Adrian Fenty during debates.

The same day that the Washington Post reported on the scheme, Gore destroyed a notebook he'd used to keep track of payments to Brown, then later lied to federal investigators about the notebook's existence.

Unluckily for Gore, though, he admitted his evidence destruction to fellow Gray campaign worker Howard Brooks, who was wearing a wire. Brooks received two years probation, Gore went on to be the first person to plead guilty related to the Gray campaign, and Brown continues to make political endorsements.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

  • Tight Lips

    As long as the people vote to keep Gray in office, I think he isn't to worried about the outcome of this Jeff Thompson situation.

  • DC Oracle

    Will this "Ebonic tragedy" with "Gray Shadows" ever end?

  • DC Oracle

    Prediction: YES!

    "Silver Alert" Indictment coming soon!

  • Pop M

    Maybe the early felons are on the wing. But others may be headed (involuntarily) to the "coop" for an "extended stay". Tick tock. Gray and his ilk are gonna fall.

  • DCShadyBoots

    The US Attorney has gone public in this case in a forum that has denied Gray the opportunity to confront his accusers, to examine the government’s evidence or to cross-examine prosecution witnesses. This is a trial in the court of public opinion and it is shameful. I expected so much more from Eric Holder's Department of Justice.

  • Northwesterneer

    Shady Boots, none of that has happened. Gray absolutely could have testified at Thompson's trial. Your facts are very much incorrect. Nothing you wrote above is true, it's all false.

  • Northwesterneer

    Did Vincent Gray testify at Gore's trial? If not, that's his decision not to, the US Atty has done everything above board.

  • DCAnon

    Northwest, you have no clue what you are talking about. There was no trial for Thompson or Gore. DCShady is making the same point as an opinion piece and the piece by Colbert King that are published in the Post. If Gray is not indicted, Machen looks like a fool.

  • truth hurts

    Gore, Brooks, Hawkins, Thompson, Harris, Harry Thomas, Kwame Brown, Bereano, Jemal ... one city's convicted felon bff's.

  • stick2yourguns

    there were no trials for any of these people they all took plea deals....I mean Jeff Thompson was facing 15-25 years he tells them what they wanna hear and gets 6 month house arrest and once it was signed off on they can't take it back even if he did lie so Jeff said now you go figure it out truth or not either way 6 months at home..."have you seen his home"

  • truth hurts

    Actually both Bereano and Jemal went to trial. The rest plead guilty, which means they admitted, under oath, to committing felonies. Re Thompson, et al, it's not the prosecutor's fault that many of gray's close friends and advisors are criminals. Don't worry, there's an avalanche of corroborating evidence.

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