It has been two days since Vincent Gray's defeat in the D.C. Democratic mayoral primary. For the first time, we are hearing how he really feels about losing to Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser.
The mayor talked to the media Thursday morning, but he still hasn't talked to Bowser since conceding defeat.
As he presented his $10.7 billion budget to council members, Gray boasted that it makes a major investment in public education as well as affordable housing and encourages workforce development.
But Gray is still stinging from a humiliating electoral defeat in a race defined by scandal.
“Of course I didn't want to lose, and I really feel like if you look at our record, our record has been phenomenal," he said.
But it was not phenomenal enough to keep Bowser from trouncing him in five of the city's eight wards.
Asked if he would support Bowser in November, Gray said, "We'll see. We'll see.”
Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry, who campaigned with Gray at the very end of the race, said U.S. Attorney Ron Machen “decided this election."
Gray's reaction to Barry’s statement: "It could be. Who knows? At the end of the day, voters decided the election. Someone got more votes than I did.”
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