Posts Tagged ‘Pedro Ribeiro’

How the Supercan Mess Left the Gray Administration Looking Like “Idiots”

In May, Mayor Vince Gray’s administration found itself facing scandal. What’s new, right? Except this time, it had nothing to do with U.S. Attorney Ron Machen.
Instead, Gray was stuck in a quagmire familiar even to big-city mayors who aren’t under federal investigation: the inexplicable botching of a basic public service.
Six months earlier, Gray had announced [...]

Despite Vincent Orange’s Request, Gray Officials Skip Emancipation Day Hearing

The final D.C. Council-run Emancipation Day came and went two weeks ago, but diehard booster Vincent Orange isn't done yet. In a Council hearing on the local holiday this afternoon, Orange and chief of staff James Brown laid out their theory that Orange and other Emancipation Day organizers couldn't have anticipated the $116,000 in unexpected overtime costs that cost [...]

Statehood Rally Draws Politicians, Mic Fights

Saturday's pre-March on Washington statehood rally gave D.C. an opportunity to pitch politically active Americans on its continued disenfranchisement. The city's politicians, meanwhile, had their own opportunity to associate themselves with the least controversial issue in the District. Some superlatives:
Don't Fence Me In: In addition to his rally speech, Mayor Vince Gray also spoke to the much larger [...]

Why So Many Broken Ambulances?

District officials are currently investigating why no D.C. ambulances were available to transport a seriously injured police officer near the intersection of Benning Road SE and East Capitol Street to the hospital last Tuesday. One possible reason: the city's fire department has a lot of broken ambulances.
The city is supposed to have 39 ambulances available [...]

Catania No Fan of Gray’s COS or Spokesman

Here's an update from Friday's post about At-Large Councilmember David Catania making some pointed remarks on The Kojo Nnamdi Show about the relationship between the Gray administration and D.C. Medicaid contractor/political donor/target of federal raid Jeff Thompson: Gray's chief of staff Chris Murphy says Catania ought to keep his trap shut.
“Council Member Catania should be [...]

Gray Spox: $5,000 Speech a “Friggin’ Bargain”

Does Mayor Vince Gray really need to hire outside help to write a speech? The answer, according to the Gray administration, is yes.
Last night's State of the District address was crafted with the help Alan Hermesch, a former spokesman for Howard University. The city's contract with Hermesch is not to exceed $5,000, according to mayoral [...]

Gray Team Woos the Post

Mayor Vince Gray hired a new spokesman this week. Pedro Ribeiro will be replacing Linda Wharton Boyd, who the mayor put out to pasture at the city’s Department of Health.
At a Monday news conference announcing the new hire, talk quickly turned to why the mayor was making the move. Some Gray supporters have long blamed [...]

Gray Spokeswoman’s Final Spin

Mayor Vince Gray's spokeswoman Linda Wharton Boyd was given the old heave-ho today. Boyd is being sent off to the Department of Health to make way for a new (and $40,000-a-year cheaper) communications director, Pedro Ribeiro.
Boyd's departure isn't much of a surprise. Since taking over in late August, new chief-of-staff Chris Murphy has taken an [...]

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