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Vince Gray launches his first radio ad

Washington Post Editors

D.C. Council Chairman and mayoral candidate Vincent C. Gray (D) launched the first radio ad of his campaign Tuesday, telling voters he would unite the city by focusing on job creation.

In the 60-second spot called "One City," a female narrator says Gray is the "only" candidate with a plan "to bring D.C. communities - east and west of the river - together." The narrator also speaks of Gray's platform to expand vocational education in public schools, fund pre-kindergarten programs, and put more police officers on bike and foot patrol.

"Vince Gray will unite our city, bring jobs to the District and make our streets safer," the narrator says. "On September 14th, vote for character, integrity and leadership. "

The ad represents the Gray campaign's first attempt to counteract Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's extensive television advertising campaign. For the past three weeks, Fenty (D) has been airing a series of television ads that seek to address questions about his leadership style while reintroducing voters to some of his accomplishments as mayor.

The extent of Gray's radio buy was not immediately clear.

--Tim Craig

By Tim Craig  |  August 3, 2010; 8:50 AM ET
Categories:  2010 District Election , Tim Craig , Vincent C. Gray  
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This man can't even get a fence built properly on his property. What makes him think he can be mayor?

Posted by: steinravnik | August 3, 2010 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Steinravnik: What makes you think that Fenty is a good mayor? Way to go Gray. Can't wait until Sept. 14th to vote for you.

In fact, anyone but Fenty.

Posted by: samvped205 | August 3, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

five weeks before the election and all the Fenty fans have against Gray is a faulty fence.

Oh - and the traffic ticket in Maryland in 2003.

Posted by: efavorite | August 3, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

No efavorite,

I think that Lottery issues is pretty slimey. As well as playing games with street cars. And fundraising on council stationary. And passing emeregency election laws in a race he is running in. And, his complete failure as head of a DC agency. His refusal to take a stand about Rhee. NOt to mention his lack of any platform. His blatant obstructionism. And he could use a set of dentures. His missing back teeth are very unattractive in pictures.

Posted by: politicalrealist | August 3, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps dentures will be the next subject of the next Post editorial.

I don't know enough about the other things mentioned, but Gray has taken a stand on Rhee and all other Fenty heads of agencies. If elected, he is going to sit down with them and discuss how they could work together going forward.

Seems pretty reasonable and standard for a change of the guard

Posted by: efavorite | August 3, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Unite the city? That sounds so cute. I don't vote for cute.

Posted by: nmoses | August 3, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

It is no surprise to me that Adrian Fenty lost the straw pole in Ward Four. As a former student of Political Science and active in electoral politics, it is clear to me that if he cannot carry his Ward, he has no chance to win a city-wide election for mayor. He has constantly come off as arrogant and determined that his opinion is the only one worthy of consideration. He has not reached out to capable established Washingtonians for advice in making decisions, feeling that they have nothing to offer. Although his family lives in the Crestwood area, I can assure you that only his immediate neighbors have seen his family other than coming to and leaving the neighborhood. He should have realized that Washingtonians are good for more than votes at election time. That has been the downfall of many elected officials and this will be particularly evident during this election.

Posted by: gbutler737 | August 5, 2010 11:00 PM | Report abuse

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