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.
| October 15, 2010; 2:28 PM ET
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