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Gray alleges dirty tricks

Erica Johnston

With the District mayoral race still more than a month away, the dirty tricks and last-minute games that often cloud political campaigns may be getting underway a bit early this year.

D.C. Council chairman Vincent C. Gray, who is challenging Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D), issued a statement Tuesday night saying his campaign telephone numbers "have been hijacked" by someone who is using it to make prank calls.

According to the campaign, the prankster "has masked their telephone identification number with the campaign's number" so residents who receive the call think it is coming from Gray staffers.

"Hundreds of residents have called into the campaign office complaining that someone is contacting them from the campaign and hanging up," the campaign said in a statement.

It is not immediately clear how it's possible -- and with what technology -- for someone to carry out such a scheme, but campaign officials say they have notified the D.C police and Verizon to the situation.

The Gray campaign requests that anyone who receives the call contact Verizon at 1-800-483-6922.

--Tim Craig

By Erica Johnston  |  August 10, 2010; 10:07 PM ET
Categories:  2010 District Election  
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Did you really just do a police blotter for Vincent Gray?

He makes an accusation that on its face sounds like non-sence and you advertise a request for people to contact his office about it. This same man also blamed Fenty for having his housee broken into. Blames Fenty or the fact that he built his private fence on public property.

This "boy who cried wolf" act is getting tired. By the way, how long is it going to take them to fess up that nothing illegal was done with the Parks contracts. How long does it take to find out that Gray's accusations are false? If Fenty was guilty or half the non-sence Gray accussed him of he would have been in a orange jump suit by now.

Manufactured drama. Is this the Greatest Political Strategist in the Country (Marion Barry) at work again?

Posted by: politicalrealist | August 11, 2010 1:27 AM | Report abuse

Politicalrealist, please disappear and stop kissing King Fenty's behind. You are ridiculous by making foolish comments. How much city money are you getting in contracts or D.C. low numbered tags?

Posted by: Ward4DC | August 11, 2010 2:29 AM | Report abuse

Let me let you in on what could possibly have been in the "nimble" mind of the person who pulled this stunt.

Quite possibly they thought that by disrupting the phone service that it would interfere with the campaigns ability to do the financial reporting since many phone providers have the internet bundled to their same service, and they RIDICULOUSLY thought that they were interlinked.

Just thinking of all possibilities.

Posted by: lacairaine | August 11, 2010 2:33 AM | Report abuse

Fenty is so simple and desperate. Sad really.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | August 11, 2010 5:08 AM | Report abuse

I know someone who received a call and it was a prank. It was like when a telemarketer uses this tactic. It was strange to say the least.

I hope Fenty did not do this...

Posted by: DCJUSTICE | August 11, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

i guess yukmouth moten is really earning his money now.

Posted by: nivla | August 11, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

do a search for 'spoof your caller id' and you'll get plenty of info on how to do this. Easy as far as I know.

Its also possible there's a malfunctioning auto caller of some sort at Gray's, or a phone bank they hired is screwing up.

Posted by: mendelsonmustgo | August 11, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

I would not be so quick to believe it except I have witnessed myself some of Fenty's "people" literally roughing people up at one event. And then I have heard from far too many people about the lawn signs drama (even from my neighbor).

The fact that Gray is the only person in the entire city to have the fence regulations enforced on says a lot as well.

Prank calling residents truly is a desperate act, but hey, if you still have about two million dollars to spend in a month like Fenty does I guess you can pay people to do just about anything and everything.

Posted by: letsbereal2 | August 11, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

when did the POST start delaying comments?

Posted by: bnew100 | August 11, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Is it far fetched to think that dirty tricks are in play? Look at the behavior of Fenty's supporters Skinner, Moten and others.e

Also, can anyone identify by name any Gray supporters by name that has engaged in the tactics of Skinner and Moten.

Public--when you witness Moten, etc. attacking, following, etc. citizens, please try to video tape the incident.

Posted by: bnew100 | August 11, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

O woe is the Washington Post!

It *IS* IMMEDIATELY "clear how it's possible -- and with what technology -- for someone to carry out such a scheme."

This page --
-- has more than 1500 words explaining the topic, the possibility, and the technology.

That Wikipedia page was created in February 2006 (yes, 2006) and has been regularly updated since then.

Look and learn, Washington Post.

Posted by: GrinningMadly | August 11, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Prank calls, fenty? Really?

Childish antics from a childish mayor . . .

Posted by: schooletal | August 11, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

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