DC City Hall scandal breaks wide open
By GEOFF HOLTZMAN
Talk Radio News Service
WASHINGTON - The District of Columbia’s representative to Congress says her city’s mayor ought to try and put an end to a brewing scandal involving thousands of dollars his campaign staff allegedly took from city contractors.
A federal probe into DC Mayor Vincent Gray’s 2010 campaign has so far found that aides to Gray failed to disclose roughly $650,000 in contributions from “shadow” donors that helped propel the candidate to victory over incumbent Adrian Fenty. One consultant who worked for Gray pleaded guilty this week to that charge.
The investigation and subsequent reports have prompted three city council members to call on Gray to resign from office. The mayor, however, has claimed that he was unaware of the donations, and told reporters on Wednesday that he has no plans to step down.
In a statement on Thursday, DC Delegate Elanor Holmes Norton advised Gray, whom she considers a friend and an ally, “to clear this matter up quickly.
Gray refused to answer reporter’s questions about the emerging scandal today.
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