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Posted at 3:50 PM ET, 02/ 8/2011

Gray nominates friend and others to convention center, airport boards

By Nikita R Stewart

Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) nominated friend and confidant Lorraine Green to be a member of the Washington Convention and Sports Authority, the independent agency that owns the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Nationals Park and RFK Stadium.

Gray also nominated city administrator Allen Y. Lew, who formerly oversaw the construction and renovation of the facilities, to join the 11-member board.

When Gray was council chairman, he and other council members criticized then-Mayor Adrian M. Fenty for nominating friends, fellow athletes and fraternity brothers to boards and commissions. Some were rejected for being unqualified.

Green was chairman of Gray's campaign and his transition team, which he noted during a news conference when he announced the nomination Tuesday.

In an interview, Gray said Green, an executive at Amtrak who worked in the Clinton administration, is "eminently qualified."

He said he will weigh experience as he fills vacancies on boards and commissions in the coming months. "They're not people who are my running buddies. They are highly qualified in what they do," he said.

For the Washington Metropolitan Airports Authority, Gray nominated attorney Warner Session, who specializes in airport matters, and Shirley Hall, a board member of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs.
Session has a long list of clients and former clients that do business with airports, including Smart Carte. But Session said he would recuse himself if a conflict of interest arises.

By Nikita R Stewart  | February 8, 2011; 3:50 PM ET
Categories:  Nikita Stewart, Vincent C. Gray, transportation, vincent gray  | Tags:  Mayor Vincent C. Gray; Vince Gray; Vincent Gray; Mayor Adrian M. Fenty; Lorraine Green; Allen Lew; Shirley Hall; Warren Session  
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That's our Vince Gray. Twice the bureacracy, 1/2 class, and none of the fresh ideas of the Fenty Administration. 3/4 of Fenty's running buddies were more qualified to run a 21st century city than Mr. Gray.

Posted by: _concernedaboutdc | February 8, 2011 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Gray has proved he is what we expected him to be, a corrupted bureaucrat without backbone. His cabinet is a joke. We had one day of snow and the government was closed.

Allen Lew? Why would anyone trust that joker?

Posted by: haters | February 8, 2011 9:21 PM | Report abuse

_concernedaboutdc: What a creative, unique and thought provoking user name. Where ever did you come up with it.


Vincent Gray is deliberate and he intends on appointing people with experience in the matters of the boards to which they will sit or agencies to which they will oversee. That alone, more aligns him with Former Mayor Anthony Williams than Adrian Fenty. With Fenty, you just needed to know HIM.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | February 9, 2011 8:57 AM | Report abuse

Regardless of Mr. Gray's opinions and remarks of past appointees in the press, his personal issues with Adrian clouded his judgement about Fenty's "running buddies". Most of the names were never called before council because the hearings were never held, which means that they were not disqualified! Let's be honest, Fenty and Gray played games at the expense of many people and city affairs! He (Gray) is appointing people he is familiar with or people referred to him and hence has had a chance to become acquainted with their qualifications. Some may call them his "running buddies". I don't have an issue with Gray's appointments, as long as they are vetted by council and not by remarks in the press. For the record, as a “runner” who was appointed, is qualified, vetted by Council and sits on a board, I think it's time to move ahead and drop the insults and borderline character assassinations. Also, I never saw eye to eye with Fenty! And did not have to. By the way, most of the runners are very successful! Pull the names, their schools, multiple degrees, experience and maybe interview them! What was that I heard recently? One City right? Let's move forward all...lead by our Mayor. Yes, OUR Mayor!

Posted by: postingforthetruth | February 9, 2011 7:06 PM | Report abuse


You have NO mayor. You are one of the poor losers who believe that by electing Gray you will have it better than with Fenty. Is that Fenty caused so many feel less about themselves...the man is handsome and arrogant. Gray, on the other hand, ugly, boring and old.
Low class journalists have to keep using Fenty (of his allies) to get people interested to read (and comment). What a boring city DC has become!
Nobody blogs anymore..Unless is a Fenty related story of course.

So, kudos to you postingforthetruth for coming out and defend your man...Naive, very naive because your Mayor couldn't care less about honesty and transparency. He uses the process to manipulate all of you. He believes that by using the process he can keep people calm. At the end, he will appoint his friends anyway. Wake up postingforthetruth, you have no Mayor. You are alone, you and your bills while the "one city Mayor' is enjoying a meal with his girlfriend at Ray's Steak.

Posted by: DCWard5 | February 9, 2011 10:30 PM | Report abuse

This is so refreshing.. its like a soap opera... Nothing has changed.
again, if there can be Fenty in a response.. everyone comes to life..
Otherwise.. they are bored.. and have no meaningful comments to make about improving OUR city.. (under Fenty or Gray).
The maligning hasn't stopped, and "borderline character" insults...
MOVE IT ON... or is that impossible?

That is what Postingthetruth is saying.

Lets talk about the At Large race??
Dc Statehood?

Posted by: pdv1 | February 10, 2011 1:19 PM | Report abuse

concernedaboutdc--thank you for clarifying that name. I didn't notice the hyphen in the first post but it didn't sound like you and now I know why. Still wondering though why someone would sign that way.
pdvt1--I'm for Leo Alexander for the At-large seat and don't support a full on movement for statehood--there's far too much that remains to be done for this city to governed properly as a city for statehood to be a real, achievable goal right now.

Posted by: 1citizen | February 10, 2011 10:18 PM | Report abuse


Can you please start reporting on the confirmation hearings of the cabinet ?
We need you Nikita to keep this government accountable.


Than you.

Posted by: tiredofdc | February 13, 2011 3:13 PM | Report abuse

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