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Nickles sees nothing wrong with developer's fixes for Gray

Attorney General Peter J. Nickles said he sees no wrongdoing in the repairs completed at the home of D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) -- a story first reported in the Washington Times on Wednesday.

"I don't think I read a serious allegation there. I call it like I see them. I'm not speaking on anyone's behalf," Nickles said Thursday morning, a day after the fallout for Gray.

WCS Construction, a company owned by megadeveloper Chris Smith, a friend of Gray's, provided repairs and architectural services to the chairman beginning in July.

Gray said he paid more than $10,000 for the work. Smith also owns William C. Smith & Co., one of the region's development leaders.

"There's no indication of quid pro quo, except innuendo," Nickles said. "It's just a bunch of isolated facts put together."


-- Nikita Stewart

By Washington Post Editors  |  November 19, 2009; 12:50 PM ET
Categories:  City Life , D.C. Council , Nikita Stewart  
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Look out Mr. Gray, Fenty's gang of low lifes are out to get you.

Residents of DC will not fall for this bull. Fenty will still not get my vote. I spend a lot of time talking to family and friends who are residents and they agree with me.

$10,000 worth of work done on your home and paid for by you is not a crime.

In my opinion, using Homeland security vehicles and DC police to take a bike ride is a crime. $10,000 out of pocket vs. perhaps $400,000 of DC taxpayers' pocket is a joke.

Fenty supporters will need to find a new mode of attack. This attack will not fly.

Posted by: dccounselor72 | November 19, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Of course Apostle Pete doesn't see any wrong doing. He probably threw the stone and now is pulling his hand back, as Gray likes to say about those that don't want to be accountable or own up to something they have done.

Timing is everything. I dare say that the prospect of a strong opponent is a bother for the Mayor; therefore, the Apostle has to keep the race track clear for AMF.

Posted by: shank2sb | November 19, 2009 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Interesting analysis, shanks2sb. Nickles is definitely up to something, the question is, what?

Maybe he is backing off, seeing that this didn't play well and wanting to keep the Mayor's fingerprints off the amateurish effort.

Don't know.

Posted by: efavorite | November 20, 2009 9:23 AM | Report abuse

I once worked as an office manager for a non-profit. While there, I developed contacts with a plumbing company that mostly dealt with businesses (no surprise there). When I needed help with a plumbing problem with my home, these contractors would do the work. They charged standard rates, but I had the benefit of knowing that they did good work. For years after I left the non-profit I kept up this connection, until the owner died!

I didn't ask for a "deal" and I didn't get one.

This is like all the connections people have in life: There is a benefit to being a known quantity. Unless "they" can find a "quid pro quo" it is simply that CM Gray used the contacts he had developed in his life, as we all do.

Posted by: tm7333 | November 21, 2009 8:46 PM | Report abuse

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