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Gray officials say campaigner with anti-gentrification message isn't theirs

Washington Post Editors

Dirty tricks or an overzealous volunteer or supporter of Vincent C. Gray's campaign for mayor?

Gray campaign officials have gotten reports that there was a van with Gray signs on it driving down U Street in Ward 1 on Sunday. The driver of the van was shouting with a loud speaker, "End gentrification, vote for Gray."

There was also an account of the van on Twitter, according to someone not affiliated with the Gray campaign who contacted The Washington Post.

Of course, the revitalized U Street corridor may not be the best location for Gray supporters to be delivering an anti-yuppie message.

Mo Elleithee, a strategist for the Gray campaign, said he's heard reports that a van touting a similar message has been driving through wealthy Ward 3.

But Elleithee said Gray campaign officials insist that the van is not affiliated with their get-out-the vote effort. He suspects it's someone using a bit of reverse psychology to try to generate support for Mayor Adrian M. Fenty.

Sean Madigan, a Fenty spokesman, called the Gray campaign's assertion "ridiculous."

By Tim Craig  |  September 13, 2010; 10:51 AM ET
Categories:  2010 District Election , Tim Craig  
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Mo Elleithee's response that it was a Fenty supporter using "reverse psychology" shows that the Grey camp doesnt have a clue. In the level of politics in this mayoral election, there is not room for a tactic like this. He would have been better off stating it was a Grey supporter that was acting in a rouge fashion. A vote for Grey for mayor will be a move to return D.C. to the way it used to be ran. Grey supporters will say that Fenty is rude and even disconnected, but he is results oriented. All I care about if the results. I couldnt care less if someone says hello to me or can call me by name. D.C. constituents need to make priorities of what is really important; results!

Posted by: dc_concerned_citizen | September 13, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

The candidate's name is Gray not Grey.

Posted by: bsilky7 | September 13, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Gray campaigners slandering Fenty, and spitting on campaigners, and calling the Fenty campaigners racial slurs....


that is what Vince Gray stands for.

Posted by: pdv1 | September 13, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

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