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Fenty write-in camp wants Gray to launch probe of Harry Thomas

The "Write Fenty In" for mayor campaign is stepping up efforts to try to prove it's a credible effort, releasing a statement today calling on opponent Vincent C. Gray to launch an investigation into council member Harry M. Thomas (D-Ward 5).

Responding to a report that Thomas operates a nonprofit that isn't registered with the IRS or in good standing with the District government, the leaders of the Fenty write-in campaign said the council should investigate whether Gray really believes in "issues of accountability."

Gray, the presumptive mayor after he defeated Mayor Adrian M. Fenty in the Sept. 14 Democratic primary, is chairman of the council.

"So much for integrity, judgment and leadership," said Frederick Butler, communications director for the Write Fenty In campaign. "The Democratic nominee for mayor ran on a platform of transparency. Where is the transparency now?"

A Gray spokesman was not immediately available to comment.

The Write Fenty In campaign, which was handing out leaflets this morning on U Street, is trying to get District voters to write in Fenty's name instead of voting for Gray in the Nov. 2 general election.

Thomas, who denies his Team Thomas organization did anything wrong, is one of Gray's closest allies on the council.

Questions about Team Thomas were first raised Thursday by Tim Day, a Republican in an uphill battle against Thomas in the general election. Day is requesting that the IRS and the U.S. attorney's office investigate Thomas.

By Tim Craig  | October 15, 2010; 2:28 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. Council, Tim Craig, Vincent C. Gray  
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Posted by: concernedaboutdc | October 15, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Ron Moten must have passed the torch to you as Fenty's unofficial campaign strategist!

Every since Fenty's cronies announced their write-in campaign you haven't missed a beat or a day to give them free publicity on DC Wire.

Tim, if the "Hee Haw" couldn't get Fenty reelected, do you honestly believe a write-in campaign will.

Posted by: GoldCoast | October 15, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, the republicans and Fenty's write-in campaign are now openly joining forces!

This exposes Fenty's write-in campaign for where they really stand.

Posted by: letsbereal2 | October 15, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Progress has no party.

Posted by: pdv1 | October 18, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Fenty will stay in office. The 80's are over.

Posted by: fred77004 | October 20, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

So... why don't these guys think that FENTY, the actual mayor at this time, should launch such an investigation?

Where's the transparency? So much for leadership and integrity!

This is so mind-bogglingly stupid.

What next, a press release criticizing Gray's financial responsibility because the economy sucks? Is everything Gray's fault now? What about Reagan?

Posted by: jamietre | October 21, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: theleakdc202 | October 22, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

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