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That's My Take: Ongoing investigation into Vincent Gray's 2010 campaign


When reporters sought comment from D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray about the illegal shadow campaign that helped him win the election, here's what he said: "This is not the campaign that we intended to run."

I'd say that is a gross understatement.

The Mayor urged District voters to focus not on the campaign that U.S. Attorney General Ron Machen called, "Compromised by backroom deals, secret payments and a flood of unreported cash." But to instead focus on what his administration has accomplished.

I'm sorry Mr. Mayor. That's just too hard to do, especially when we are talking about $650,000 of illegal campaign contributions.

Most of that money was spent during a critical point in the campaign - the week of the Democratic Primary. That amount of money is too large to ignore.

So what does the Gray scorecard look like?

Well, you have the nefarious Sulaimon Brown debacle, the shadow campaign, and now the latest revelation: the Gray campaign's illegal access to a city public housing database. 6,000 public housing resident's private information that the campaign reportedly used to get out the vote in an election that allowed for same-day voter registrations.

I realize that there are some residents and business leaders of the city that feel the District is making strides in improving the overall quality of life. But do the strides that the city has made offset the rapidly growing sense that the results of the election are tainted? It doesn't appear so.

In a recent poll conducted by The Washington Post, 61 percent felt Mayor Gray was not trustworthy or honest; 63 percent felt that he is running an unethical administration and 54 percent felt he should step down.

The drumbeat of discontent is getting louder. The time has come for the Mayor to address this growing controversy head on. The time has come for an explanation for what went wrong with his campaign and the time has come to hold himself accountable for the illegal conduct of his campaign.

That's my take. Let me know what you think. Go to and click on That's My Take or send me an email at

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