Posts Tagged ‘Vincent Gray’

Former Ward 1 Candidate Jeff Smith Admits Covering Up Jeff Thompson Money

Former D.C. Council Ward 1 candidate Jeff Smith pleaded guilty in court this afternoon to lying about receiving illicit help from shadow campaign financier Jeff Thompson, just hours after being charged with the crime.
Smith, 40, failed to oust Councilmember Jim Graham in his 2010 campaign, despite what he admitted amounted to more than $140,000 in off-the-books aid from two of [...]

The Politics of Party Hopping: Who Was Where Last Night

Last year, when At-Large Councilmember Vincent Orange won the special election, then-Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. showed up to make nice. Thomas had supported Orange's opponent, Sekou Biddle, but came to Orange's victory party to congratulate his fellow Ward 5-er and pose for pictures.
LL left that party relatively early, but heard  Mayor Vince Gray, [...]

Mayor Gray Endorses Incumbents

Just in the nick of time, Mayor Vince Gray has endorsed all incumbent councilmembers in today's primary election.
Hizzoner is currently on Newstalk with Bruce DePuyt (go here to watch). When DePuyt asked Gray who he liked in the at-large race, Gray was quick to sing the praises of Councilmember Vincent Orange.
"He seems very diligent, [...]

Jeffrey Thompson: A Primer

Federal agents raided the home and office of Jeffrey Thompson, among the largest contributors to D.C. political campaigns, on Friday, prompting Wilson Building observers to murmur excitedly throughout the weekend. But Thompson keeps a pretty low profile, for a guy whose companies and employees have given hundreds of thousands of dollars to politicians.
So LL wrote [...]

Police Union Poops On Gray’s Ethics Pledge

Just how bad as the Fraternal Order of Police union soured on Mayor Vince Gray, whom they once endorsed over former Mayor Adrian Fenty?
Take a look at the letter they sent to Hizzoner today dismissing as little more than a tawdry P.R. stunt the recent ethics pledge he's requiring all city employees to sign.
Their letter:

Mary Cheh: It’s Tommy’s Fault!

Who is to blame for the current state of budget upheaval in District government over when/whether to implement a new tax on municipal bonds? Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh says all arrows point to Ward 6 Councilmartyr Tommy Wells.
Wells, you probably don't recall, upset Council Chairman Kwame "Fully Loaded" Brown's plans to pass a tax [...]

Megaphone-Wielding Vince Gray Admirer To Help D.C. Remember 9/11 (For $37,000)

Robert Vinson Brannum, sworn enemy of The Washington Post editorial board and the District's omnipresent activist, has landed a new gig in the Gray administration.
Brannum has a temporary assignment with the Office of Veterans Affairs, where he'll help organize a commemoration of the tenth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, according to Gray staffer Steve [...]

Pols For HTJ

LL's been busy working on his column and is very sorry (not!) for the lack of blog posting today. One thing worth noting is that reporters have finally found the elusive Mayor Vince Gray and asked him if he thinks Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. should resign.
No way! says Gray, adding that he prefers [...]

Loose Lips: Free Rides (Slow Guitar Riffs) Take It Easy Edition

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Tommy Wells Has No Friends

Cabbie Advocate: Gray Isn't Telling the Truth

Good morning sweet readers! It's Thursday, and Washington City Paper has again killed a bunch of [...]

Cabbie Activist: Gray’s Not Telling the Truth

In yesterday's big A1 Washington Post story on possible shenanigans over cash donations given to Mayor Vince Gray's campaign last year, there's a bit where D.C. Professional Taxicab Drivers Association President Nathan Price recalls a fundraiser for Gray at which a bucket was passed around and cab drivers gave $1,500 worth of money.
But the [...]