My endorsement: Don't get fooled again
By Peter D. Rosenstein
D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray is the right person to continue moving the District into the 21st century.
Gray will institutionalize school reform and continue improving government services. He believes that the benefits of reform must accrue to everyone.
He will end the cronyism and run a transparent government. Gray won’t use the budget gimmickry of the sort we hadn’t seen since just before the Control Board — until the Fenty administration. Gray is a proven manager in government and the nonprofit sector. He is an intelligent, creative official with a vision for the District that unites our city rather than broadening the divide between east and west, as the Fenty administration has done.
Gray passed legislation for universal early childhood education and successfully managed a D.C. Council of diverse interests. Under Gray’s leadership, the council passed school reform, civil marriage equality and the Healthy Schools Act and has supported a new community college. Gray opened budget deliberations to the TV cameras.
Gray will run an honest, collaborative government; what you think will matter. Don’t believe Fenty’s last-minute political mea culpa. Remember the saying: Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me. Vote Gray for mayor.
The writer has participated in the Gray campaign as a volunteer.
| September 1, 2010; 3:15 PM ET
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