Vincent Gray is the latest D.C. mayor to be dogged by scandal
July 12th, 2012
07:13 PM ET
2 years ago

Vincent Gray is the latest D.C. mayor to be dogged by scandal

Washington (CNN) - Mayor Vincent Gray knew in January 2012 that members of his staff had not properly reported funds raised for his 2010 campaign, according to a source close to a federal investigation into his campaign funding.

When Jeanne Clarke Harris, a public relations consultant, told Gray in a meeting that she had not reported all the expenditures from the campaign, the mayor instructed her to report them right away, the source said. Harris pleaded guilty this week to helping orchestrate a secret campaign on Gray's behalf.

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Filed under: Vincent Gray • Washington D.C.
D.C. mayor released early Tuesday
April 12th, 2011
07:48 AM ET
4 years ago

D.C. mayor released early Tuesday

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Washington Mayor Vincent Gray was released early Tuesday after being arrested while protesting outside the Capitol, police said.

Gray's daughter, attorney Jonice Gray Tucker, paid his $50 "collateral" so that he could be released. according to the mayor's communication director.
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Filed under: Vincent Gray • Washington D.C.
Poll: New DC mayor hits potholes
March 23rd, 2011
11:16 AM ET
4 years ago

Poll: New DC mayor hits potholes

Washington (CNN) - A new poll suggests that controversies surrounding the District of Columbia's new mayor are taking a toll in the eyes of voters.

Only 31 percent of registered voters in the nation's capital say they approve of the job new Mayor Vincent Gray is doing in office, with four in ten saying they disapprove and 29 percent unsure.
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Filed under: Vincent Gray
September 15th, 2010
03:15 AM ET
4 years ago

Washington mayor loses re-election bid

Washington (CNN) - Mayor Adrian Fenty lost his re-election bid Tuesday, falling to City Council Chairman Vincent Gray in the District of Columbia's Democratic primary, the AP projected.

Early Wednesday morning, Gray led Fenty 53 percent to 47 percent, with 90 percent of the vote in.

Fenty swept into office in 2006 promising to fix the district's struggling schools, but he may have lost his bid for another term, in part, because of how he tried to reform them.

While it was a local election, the race attracted national attention, because its outcome could carry significant implications for the national debate over education reform.

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Filed under: 2010 • Adrian Fenty • Vincent Gray
September 14th, 2010
09:35 PM ET
4 years ago

Request for extended voting denied in DC

D.C. mayoral candidate Vincent Gray's request that voting time be extended due to reports of voting irregularities was denied.
D.C. mayoral candidate Vincent Gray's request that voting time be extended due to reports of voting irregularities was denied.

Washington (CNN) – The hotly contested Democratic mayoral primary in the nation's capital already has claims malfunctioning voting machines and other irregularities could have affected voting results.

But a request from the Vincent Gray for Mayor Campaign asking for extended voting time was denied by the DC Superior Court.

Traci Hughes, press secretary for Gray's campaign, said the campaign asked for extended voting hours because of reports of irregularities at polling stations during the day. The request for an injunction was denied by the DC Superior Court Tuesday evening. Hughes said the Gray campaign was "disappointed" by the decision but would wait for voting results before pressing the issue.

"I don't know at this point if we'll pursue it further," Hughes said. "Of course we're disappointed. But the polls closed half and hour ago and for right now we will just await the results."

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Filed under: Adrian Fenty • Vincent Gray • Washington D.C.
September 14th, 2010
01:21 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama stays out of DC mayoral battle

D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty is in a tight race with City Council Chairman Vincent Gray for the Democratic primary, set for Tuesday.
D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty is in a tight race with City Council Chairman Vincent Gray for the Democratic primary, set for Tuesday.

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama is staying neutral in a bitter Democratic primary contest in his own backyard.

As voters in the District of Columbia cast ballots in Tuesday's primary, the White House reconfirmed that the president is not taking sides in the Democratic contest for mayor.

Last week Mayor Adrian Fenty, who faces a tough bid for a second term in office, told WTOP, the city's all news radio station, that he personally called the White House to ask for President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama's endorsement. Fenty endorsed then presidential candidate Obama prior to the 2008 D.C. primary.

"I have personally reached out," Fenty told WTOP. "I don't want to get into who I would have talked to for obvious reasons."

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Filed under: Adrian Fenty • President Obama • Vincent Gray • Washington D.C.
September 14th, 2010
11:56 AM ET
4 years ago

WASHINGTON, DC: Gray: Creating jobs top priority

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11:45 a.m. - District of Columbia mayoral candidate Vincent Gray tells CNN creating jobs in struggling African American neighborhoods is his top priority if he wins.

Gray says what he describes as Mayor Adrian Fenty's "apology tour" seems more a tactic than genuine contrition.

Also, should he win Tuesday's Democratic primary, Gray, the current city council chairman, promises a quick sit down with Schools Chancellor and Fenty ally Michelle Rhee to see if they can agree on her staying on.

Still, Gray stresses school reform is "not about one person." Gray didn't say so, but sources close to him tell CNN top Gray allies already working on Rhee outreach plan with hopes of getting her to stay on should Gray win.

CNN interviewed Gray and Fenty separately as they visited polling stations in the District of Columbia Tuesday morning.


Filed under: issues • Trail Running • Vincent Gray • Washington D.C.
August 30th, 2010
09:18 AM ET
4 years ago

DC Mayor trails in poll as early voting begins

 A new poll shows Washington D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty trailing his Democratic challenger by 13 points.
A new poll shows Washington D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty trailing his Democratic challenger by 13 points.

Washington (CNN) - Early voting begins Monday in the District of Columbia, 15 days before the crucial primaries.

The start of early voting comes one day after a new Washington Post poll indicates Mayor Adrian Fenty trails his Democratic challenger, City Council Chairman Vincent Gray, by double digits. Since Democrats dominate elections in the city, the winner of the Democratic primary will be considered the overwhelming favorite in the November general election.

According to the survey, Gray leads Fenty 49 to 36 percent among registered Democratic voters. But his lead swells to 53 to 36 percent among those likely to cast ballots in the Democratic primary.

The poll indicates that most Democrats polled give the mayor credit for his accomplishments during his term in office and say he brought needed change to the city. But voters are split on whether Fenty, who's running for a second term, is willing to listen to different points of view and whether he understands the problems of people like them. And by a 13-point margin, a plurality say the mayor's not honest and trustworthy.

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Filed under: 2010 • Adrian Fenty • Vincent Gray • Washington D.C.
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