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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.

By Mike DeBonis  |  July 29, 2010; 3:10 PM ET
Categories:  DCision 2010 , Morning Mike , Vincent Gray  
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boy, another great story from this exciting race! thanks Debonis for the cutting edge coverage of a house party. can't wait for the next journalistic bomb you drop!

Posted by: MikeMIke3 | July 29, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: drfields | July 30, 2010 1:34 AM | Report abuse

Mike, other than the pay-check...being Gray's tote-boy must be a pain. This isn't even news.

If it was, you would be reporting on Fenty fundraisers. But it isn't. You are just being a media bag-lady by printing any trivialness they send you.

I think the Gray Campaign is using alot of PR tricks (like refusing to let the Mayor answer a question uninterupted at forums)in this campaign. I just don't know if you are a cloud of smoke or a mirror.

By the way, did YOUR boy Clinton Lesheur(sp?), tell you about Gray opening a ward office in Ward 4? Is he actively involved in placing gray signs from the office? How do you feel about a Gray croney bragging on facecbook about violating election laws and planning to double dip into people that have maxed out with Gray? How he personally, and illegally, has been involved in a massive slander campaign against the mayor. My only question is whether their blog name is WARD4DC or Adrianbentme. I lean toward WARD4DC. He uses the same overzealous, slanderous, unsubstantiated personal insults.

If that was Sinclair Skinner, and not one of your reliable "sources", that did would have been writing until your fingers bleed. But no, you soft pedal it.

I had hoped that you would stop peddeling your "screw fenty" attitude that you had at Loose Lips. While you are not as blatant as when you were are still clearly a press outlet for the Gray Campaign.

Personally, I hope Mr. Lesheur, goes to jail and/or recieves a very hefty fine. And, that the Ward 4 residents get to see that letter he posted on facebook. He isn't interested in what is best for Ward 4. He is interested in his personal political future. He is interested in "bringing down" the mayor for personal reasons.

Posted by: politicalrealist | July 31, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

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