Gray: I am a 'dyed-in-the-wool homie'
In kicking off his campaign for mayor, D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) referred to himself as a "dyed-in-the-wool homie."
After he officially filed his paperwork to declare his candidacy, Gray delivered a one-minute statement to reporters and about 60 enthusiastic supporters in front of the Board of Elections and Ethics office on U Street.
Gray stressed to the crowd that he's a native Washingtonian, a theme that will probably become a centerpiece of his campaign.
"For those of you who don't know, and I will be happy to repeat it as many times as I do, I am a native Washingtonian," Gray said. "I am a graduate of the public schools of the District of Columbia. I went to George Washington University."
Gray then briefly paused before stating: "In essence, I am a dyed-in-the-wool homie."
"I absolutely love this city," he continued. "I am delighted to be able to step up to provide additional leadership in the District of Columbia."
Gray did not state his positions on any issues or answer reporters' questions about why he thinks he would be a better mayor than the incumbent, Adrian M. Fenty (D).
But Gray said the "campaign starts today."
"I look forward to connecting with everybody I possibly can," Gray said. "The reality is, we can do better in the District of Columbia. We can do better. And we will be talking about ways in which can do better during this campaign."
-- Tim Craig
Washington Post Editors
March 30, 2010; 3:58 PM ET
Categories: 2010 District Election , D.C. Council , Mayor Fenty , Tim Craig , Vincent C. Gray
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