Superlawyer Bob Bennett hosts Vincent Gray fundraiser
Gotta love the Google Alert-assisted reporting: Earlier this afternoon, my inbox alerted me to this YouTube clip -- what appears to be cell-phone video of Vincent Gray doing his usual policy spiel at a campaign fundraiser.
What's interesting is that the event is said to take place "at Bob Bennett's house."
Gray campaign spokeswoman Traci Hughes confirms that the host of Wednesday night's fundraiser was indeed Robert S. Bennett, the Hogan Lovells superlawyer best known for his representation of Bill Clinton during the Monica Lewinsky affair. He's also the guy Gray turned to to deliver an independent appraisal of Marion Barry's contracting and earmarking activities after things blew up last summer.
During the Barry saga, Gray was quite forthright about his personal connection with Bennett -- Gray's daughter, Jonice Gray Tucker, was an associate at Skadden Arps while Bennett was a partner there. Gray is widely credited with deftly handling the Barry episode by handing the inquiry to Bennett, and swiftly leading the council to act on his recommendations.
Bennett, though he did the work pro bono, did get considerable publicity from his investigation -- his findings will from henceforth be known as the "Bennett Report."
Time to show some appreciation, perhaps?
"I don't see a problem with him exercising his right as a D.C. resident to support a political candidate," Hughes says.
July 29, 2010; 3:10 PM ET
Categories: DCision 2010 , Morning Mike , Vincent Gray
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