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Majority of DC residents say mayor should resign

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More than half of District of Columbia residents say embattled Mayor Vincent Gray should resign.

A Washington Post poll published Thursday showed 54 percent of residents say Gray should resign. Thirty-seven percent say he shouldn't and 9 percent have no opinion.

The mayor's support is also dropping among his political base, with 48 percent of African Americans saying he should resign.

The poll of 1,002 adults has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

It was revealed last week in federal court that Gray's election was aided by $650,000 in illicit funds from a prominent government contractor. Three D.C. Councilmembers have called on Gray to resign. But Gray's supporters say he hasn't been charged and shouldn't resign if he didn't know about the shadow campaign.
Information from: The Washington Post,

Statement of Robert S. Bennett - Mayor Gray's attorney

Mayor Gray is being treated very unfairly by some in the media and those with their own political agendas.

They are not focusing on the very good things he is doing for our city – the improvements he has made in city services, the local economy and the welfare of the less fortunate in our community.

There is a rush to judgment based on speculation and a presumption of guilt. He has not been charged with anything, much less convicted.

I have advised Mayor Gray that out of respect for the U.S. Attorney's investigation, he should not comment on the facts. Nevertheless, you should not disregard the presumption of innocence, to which all Americans are entitled, including Mayor Gray.

July 19, 2012

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