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Alice Rivlin, former control board chair, backs Gray

Alice RivlinIf Vincent Gray's budgetary reputation took a hit last week, here's some news that might go some way toward restoring it.

Ace WRC-TV reporter Tom Sherwood reports in his column in the Current newspapers [warning: massive PDF] that Gray has won the endorsement of Alice M. Rivlin -- the much respected economist and fiscal expert who spent time as budget director for both Congress and President Bill Clinton. She is holding a fundraiser for Gray at her Ward 3 home.

Since leaving federal service, she's served as a wise woman of sorts on District issues from her perch at the Brookings Institution. Her endorsement not only burnishes Gray's fiscal bona fides, but also shows that he could be making inroads in a ward where Fenty expects to rack up big margins.

I couldn't get Rivlin on the phone immediately this afternoon, but here's what she told Sherwood: "I have great respect for Chairman Gray....He is a thoughtful leader who understands the District's needs, is fiscally responsible and, as mayor, could forge consensus with the council."

And for all those afraid that recent District budget moves might hasten a return of the federal control board -- which for most intents and purposes, ran the city from 1995 to 2001 -- Rivlin's endorsement might ease those concerns: She, after all, chaired the control board in its later years.

By Mike DeBonis  |  June 3, 2010; 6:02 PM ET
Categories:  DCision 2010 , The District , Vincent Gray  
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Comments

Go ahead and hollor Fenty because I know that hurt. OUCH!!!!!!

Posted by: candycane1 | June 3, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Sorry I meant holler. OUCH!

Posted by: candycane1 | June 3, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse


Keep racking 'em up, "Mayor" Gray!

Posted by: schooletal | June 3, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

How ironic. The lady who chaired the financial control board created as a result of Marion Barry's ghetto-socialist policies is now supporting Vincent Gray - the guy that will return the city to the ghetto-socialist policies of Marion Barry and the financial control board. History does repeat itself.

Posted by: Matt14 | June 3, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Electing Vincent Gray mayor would be a major disaster for the District. His constituents are the old mammies and preachers from Ward 7 who are stuck in the 1970s. While Fenty isn't perfect, he clearly has a better vision for transforming the District into a world-class city.

Posted by: harryejones | June 3, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

It could be that Ms. Rivlin sees how reckless Fenty is with the city's budget. Laying off teachers while building dog parks and bike lanes isn't exactly shrewd financial planning. Maybe if some of the Fenty supporters ever hopped in their Zip Cars and bikes and ventured beyond their lilly White neighborhoods, they would see that the rest of DC has suffered under Fenty. By the way, those of us in Ward 7 pay taxes too and resent being ignored by this brat of a Mayor. I look forward to voting for Vince Gray.

Posted by: PepperDr | June 3, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

PepperDr, while harryejones remarks are regrettable, he has a point, and you (like me) don't speak for all of Ward 7. Gray would be a step backwards. Anyone willing to be honest knows that we in Ward 7 HAVE NOT been ignored by Mayor Fenty. He shows up regularly at our civic association events and meetings (unlike Chairman Gray or his staff), and regularly checks in to make sure that best efforts are being made to meet our needs after years of neglect and underperformance by the city on all thingss East of the River. No question there is a long way to go, and the economy hasn't helped, but under Mayor Fenty, results have been forthcoming.

I'm still confidant the majority of voters will recognize the folly of stepping back in time.

Posted by: streff | June 3, 2010 10:54 PM | Report abuse

I just got in from a mayoral debate on Foxhall Road, NW in Ward 3. Vincent Gray was late getting there and they had to wait for him to get started. King Fenty came in with a very dark brown tan. I guess he wants to appear he's a Negro. Fenty has never stated he's a black man nor do he identify himself as black. Now he's doing bad with black D.C. voters, he wants to appear to be a Negro to pimp blacks for their votes. Leo Alexander did very well at the forum and many white Ward 3 voters seemed to be impressed with him. I live half a mile from King Fenty and I haven't seen this guy in 2 years until tonight. I use to see King Fenty during his days as the Ward 4 Councilmember about 3 or 4 times a week.

I haven't endorsed a candidate and I don't like Fenty nor Gray. Voting for Gray to me is worse than voting for King Fenty. I am going with Leo Alexander, because he discussed the negative illegal immigration has on black unemployment, housing, schools, and black neighborhoods. Ward 4 is being overwhelmed by uneducated low class Salvadorans/Central Americans. We now have MS-13 and other Salvadoran gangs in Ward 4 committing crimes and trashing longtime black middle class neighborhoods. Myself and other longtime or native Ward 4 residents are overwhelmed with illegals.

Posted by: Ward4DC | June 3, 2010 11:23 PM | Report abuse

Electing Vincent Gray mayor would be a major disaster for the District. His constituents are the old mammies and preachers from Ward 7 who are stuck in the 1970s. While Fenty isn't perfect, he clearly has a better vision for transforming the District into a world-class city.


You should know that those black mammies saved your asssss and many others, you should be greatful for those black mammies.

Posted by: zippergyrl1 | June 3, 2010 11:43 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: harryejones | June 3, 2010 10:01 PM
Electing Vincent Gray mayor would be a major disaster for the District. His constituents are the old mammies and preachers from Ward 7 who are stuck in the 1970s. While Fenty isn't perfect, he clearly has a better vision for transforming the District into a world-class city.


You should know that those black mammies saved your asssss and many others, you should be greatful for those black mammies.

Posted by: zippergyrl1 | June 3, 2010 11:47 PM | Report abuse

This is a very important endorsement for Mr. Gray, as a ward seven (110) resident,
I am thrilled that a lady of her integrity and intellect has decided to support moving the city forward for everyone not just a few unqualified contractors who set up companies overnight on the Maser's watch. Maser Fenty has destroyed the working class in this city with high taxes/fees and the quality of professionals in the government.

He continues to claim credit for the infrastructure and foundation that originated during the anthony williams administration. He just spoke at the opening of the waterfront development (1st phase) which was started and approved by mayor williams.

He can only claim credit for bike lanes, a soccer field and dog parks on his watch that he originated. You can spend all the money you want in the hood and we will not drink your kool aid anymore come Sept. 14th.

Posted by: maserfentyaintnogood | June 3, 2010 11:58 PM | Report abuse

Rivlin endorsed Marie Johns in 2006. Who's she? Exactly.

Posted by: mendelsonmustgo | June 4, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

All this talk of Gray moving the city backwards doesn't make any sense. Anyone who has seen him at work should know that he is a smart strategic thinker, a consensus builder, a competent decision-maker and a true unifying leader. The only thing I can surmise from these comments is that it is code for he's older and more ethnically black than Fenty, therefore white people should be afraid of him. He has a DC accent, he grew up poor, he must be the same as Barry. It's insulting to Washingtonians to be stereotyped this way and it's insulting to Ward 3 and new residents to suggest that they can't see the value of his leadership if they're not from here or don't have a similar background. It's more of the same divisive mindset that Fenty brought with his leadership. Black vs. White, young vs. old, native Washingtonian vs. gentrifier. Anthony Williams, who is responsible for most of the development we see in this city, didn't set that up. Fenty seems to be of the mind that you're either with "us" or against "us". That's why we need Gray.

Posted by: DCcomm | June 4, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Rivlin endorsed Marie Johns in 2006. Who's she? Exactly.

Posted by: mendelsonmustgo
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That suggests that she is more wise that you may think.

Marie Johns was the BEST qualified candidate for Mayor in 2006, though not very well known. Competence and popularity are two things ALTOGETHER in this city. Didn't u know?

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | June 4, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

My point was her endorsements are hardly swaying. Ms. Johns took 8% of the vote in that election. She may have been eminently qualified of course, but then again so am I ;)

Posted by: mendelsonmustgo | June 4, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

I got it already. Gray has the support of the Old Guard Political Establishment and the Labor Unions.

It is a combination that illustrates why Gray should "not" be elected. We have tried it their way already. It didn't work.

Posted by: politicalrealist | June 7, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

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