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Attorney General Eric C. Holder arrived at the John A. Wilson Building at 11 a.m. Thursday to give D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray official "congratulations" and support from the Obama administration after his win in last week's Democratic mayoral primary.

"You're looking good, man," Holder said when he saw Gray in the lobby of city hall.

Holder and Gray then spoke to reporters shortly before they went into the chairman's office for a closed-door meeting.

"I want to congratulate our presumptive mayor and talk about how the Obama administration is committed to making sure we do all we can with regard to public safety and continue what I think is a good relationship between the administration and the city government," Holder said.

Holder said he will be asking Gray what he wants President Obama to be "focusing on" and "what things specifically he wants the Justice Department of focus on."

In his campaign against Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D), Gray often spoke about renewing the push for voting rights or statehood for the District. But Holder largely avoided questions from reporters about Obama's views on those issues.

After his victory in last Tuesday's Democratic primary, Gray also fielded a congratulatory phone call from senior White House adviser Valerie B. Jarrett.

Gray advisers say the chairman never received a call from Obama, as some would have expected. But Holder said, "It's been a relatively short period of time between now and when the primary occurred."

"I'm here as a representative of the administration to convey our congratulations and our continued support," Holder said. He spent about 20 minutes with Gray before leaving.

The meeting is the latest in a series of get-togethers Gray is holding after last week's election. On Wednesday, Gray and Fenty met for about 35 minutes to begin laying the groundwork for the expected transition. Later today, Gray plans to meet with Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee.

By Tim Craig  | September 23, 2010; 11:34 AM ET
Categories:  2010 District Election, Mayor Fenty, Michelle A. Rhee, Obama, Vincent C. Gray  
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investigate this!

Rhee-form, edu-profiteers
& sleazy, corrupt HYPOCRISY

What was helicopter-in
Michelle Rhee’s ‘Damage Control’
for (boyfriend) Kevin Johnson?

Michelle Rhee was on the
board of directors
(and was "operations manager")
of Kevin's privatized High School charter
--- during the time when
there were financial illegalities
& misappropriations
($400,000) of federal grants
and also a pattern
of outlandish sexual misconduct
perpetrated by school director
Kevin Johnson involving students (minor teens)
& subordinate (Americorps) school staff --
as documented by
U.S. Govt. Inspector General
Gerald Walpin.

(crucial, must read) ==>

also, more detailed
info. =>


Posted by: honestaction | September 23, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Cudos to the Obama Administration for behaving properly instead of acting as if Mayor Fenty and Michelle Rhee are the only ones competent enough to run the City. Ms. Rhee needs to go. Her tenure has been full of untruths. Particularly the Pay for Performance where she wanted to give teachers a raise, but make them sign a waiver where they cannot participate in an "early out" program should one come about,not provide benefits, and terminate seasoned teachers with experience to bring in young teachers who lack cultural competence and perspective to deal with the District's school population. If the so called funders are truly interested in DC Schools and reforms they will stick around. If not, it is just more proof that greedy Capitalist millionaires were not able to easily penetrate the last frontier where they have not yet made any money. Vincent Gray is a uniter, not a divider, and reforms are done with the input of the people that they will effect, not to them as the Fenty/Rhee Administration did. Let's just hope that Fenty makes the transition smooth instead of like the Republicans who still can't get over the fact that they lost.

Posted by: MissingDC2 | September 23, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Wow. I thought Obama and Fenty were boys. Well, pols are more cold-blooded than Mafia hit men.

Posted by: gbooksdc | September 23, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Please, please investigate the numbers submitted by DC Public Schools to gain Race to the Top funding.

If the documentation is faulty it must be returned.

Posted by: grezeldadyson | September 24, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

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