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Big crowd joins Gray for birthday fundraiser (for mayor's race?)

Christopher Dean Hopkins

Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray celebrated his birthday Tuesday night to raise money for his constituent services fund, but judging from the crowd, it looked like a pre-mayoral campaign kickoff.

Former Mayor Sharon Pratt, former Council chairwoman Linda W. Cropp, and even Virginia Williams, mother of former Mayor Anthony A. Williams, joined hundreds of people at the Beacon Hotel to shake hands with Gray, who turned 67 is enjoying buzz as Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's potential challenger in next year's election.

Go-go godfather Chuck Brown, who is also the father of Ward 4 activist Cherita Whiting, led the crowd in a chorus of "Happy Birthday." Every current council member was accounted for with the exception of Council member Marion Barry, who was attending his mother's funeral.

There were some interesting faces in the crowd: Greg O'Dell, who heads the Washington Convention and Sports Authority and happens to be a fraternity brother of Fenty; Adrienne Todman, the interim director of the D.C. Housing Authority who has had to answer questions about controversial construction contracts; and Lateef Mangum, Fenty's former photographer who reportedly was fired for being unwilling to keep up
with the mayor's weekend athletic events.

"I'm tempted to say something, but I'm not going to say anything," said Council member Yvette M. Alexander (D-Ward 7). "Just keep your eye on Vincent C. Gray."

-- Nikita Stewart

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  November 11, 2009; 8:51 AM ET
Categories:  2010 District Election , D.C. Council , Nikita Stewart  
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If Gray but says that he intends to use the power of the Mayor to correct the inefficiencies of the District's procurement process as opposed to shuttling taxpayer dollars to pseudo-government entities with lax procurement oversight opening the door to corruption and ungodly fiscal cronyism, he has my vote and my volunteerism during the campaign.

Why Fenty didn't fix he problem with the power he has suggests that he really doesn't see it as a problem but an OPPORTUNITY.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | November 11, 2009 9:15 AM | Report abuse

What kind of idiot chooses a Mayor based on their commitment to fix the procurement process?

I want someone who us committed to getting the job done. The procurement process needs fixing, but I place equal blame on the Council (including Chairman Gray) for not implementing much needed change years ago.

Posted by: GetOuttaHere | November 11, 2009 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Fenty, Look Out your days are numbered!!

Posted by: onesugar1 | November 11, 2009 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Lets get back on track!!! A. Fenty has been a big disappointment and shows little maturity in his personal and public behavior. His administration has not delivered. The schools are in a mess... fired people, closed schools but little progress.

Vincent Gray is seasoned and serious about our city. We don't need a Romper Room playboy who uses previledges to comfort his personel pleasures in biking, swimming and not being held accountable!

Posted by: talk2dc | November 11, 2009 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Lets get back on track!!! A. Fenty has been a big disappointment and shows little maturity in his personal and public behavior. His administration has not delivered. The schools are in a mess... fired people, closed schools but little progress.

Vincent Gray is seasoned and serious about our city. We don't need a Romper Room playboy who uses previledges to comfort his personel pleasures in biking, swimming and not being held accountable!

Posted by: talk2dc | November 11, 2009 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Actually I wanted Michael Brown to run. He's one of the more even tempered members on the council that works well with others, but if Gray is willing to step up to the plate, I'll support him as long as it's ABF.

Posted by: starclimber9 | November 11, 2009 11:17 AM | Report abuse

I believe that Chairman Gray would be the best choice available to replace Maser Fenty who is not worthy of being re-elected. Experience, wisdom and someone who can listen and include citizens in making policy changes (schools and agencies)is needed now more than ever.

Maser Fenty and Outlaw AG Nichels are headed for the hills of Great Falls, Va to retire next year.

Posted by: maserfentyaintnogood | November 11, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Although I want to see King Fenty voted out of office, I don't know if D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray is a good choice. Gray has shown poor leadership Chairing the Council of the District of Columbia. He hasn't been a Linda W. Cropp. Cropp wasn't people person, but she knew how to govern and Chair the D.C. Council. If I had a choice between Gray and King Fenty, I will vote for Gray. King Fenty is very vindictive and hold grudges against others who don't agree with his views. King Fenty's behavior reminds me of D.C. At-Large Councilmember David Catania. This is another hateful mean spirited monster.

Posted by: Ward4DC | November 11, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

If that list of characters attending Gray's birthday bash is any indication of the type of people willing to support Gray, then I fear this city is in deep trouble. Imagine old Linda Cropp and know nothing Yvette Alexander leading the charge!

We should redraft Tony Williams for another term. If not, then I'm afraid it will be Fenty by default.

Posted by: NewEra | November 11, 2009 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Run Vince, run!!!!
Where do we send checks to jumpstart the campaign?!?

Posted by: ssmd11 | November 11, 2009 10:33 PM | Report abuse

What kind of retard can't read between the lines.

I'd vote for anyone other than Fenty. Someone who would use the power of the Mayor's Office to FIX broken systems rather than devise clever ways around them.

Again, that Romper Room clarification is for the retarded.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | November 12, 2009 5:58 AM | Report abuse

C'mon the colored boys with the colored names running for the office of the Mayor because the bi-racial boy is not doing well amongst the coloreds. It is a black thing, you wouldn't understand!!! Okay, the Gray-train folks, if he does run and win...then just imagine who will be the next chairman/woman for that matter. Lord knows if that ain't a train wreck waiting to happen. Talking about upcoming attractions!!!!

Posted by: PowerandPride | November 12, 2009 3:24 PM | Report abuse

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