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Mar 7

#Drama + #Hawtmess = #DCgovernment

The RHOA ain’t got nothing going on compared to what is happening in our nation’s capital city government.

First there was Brown and his custom SUVs. Then there was Gray paying exorbitant salaries. Now it’s Gray or his campaign paying for dirty political tactics. We have a serious budget crisis, undereducated children, serial homelessness and a GOP led Congress…we have a lot of stuff to deal with and folks are doing this stupid stuff instead of focusing on the real needs of DC’s citizens.

Amplify’d from wtop.com

Gray calls for Council, AG to examine Brown’s claims

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D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray speaks with reporters after a press conference Sunday. (WTOP Photo/Lauren Larson)

WASHINGTON - D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray is asking the D.C. Council and the District’s attorney general to review allegations by a former mayoral candidate.

The former candidate — Sulaimon Brown — says he was promised a city job during last year’s campaign if he continued attacks on the former mayor, Adrian Fenty, whom Gray defeated.

Brown, who was recently fired from his city job, also told The Washington Post that two Gray campaign aides gave him a series of cash payments to help finance his mayoral campaign.

Gray called for the review at a news conference called Sunday after the Post story was published.

Gray said earlier that he agreed to get a job interview for Brown, but not in return for attacks on the former mayor. Gray also says he is not aware of any payments to Brown, and his campaign chair — Lorraine Greene — tells WTOP’s Mark Plotkin she did not provide any payments to Brown.

“When I hear about an assertion that someone received cash payments from my campaign, I have lots of questions about credibility,” Gray said Sunday.

The mayor says he stand by the statements he made in the Post story, and “can’t even imagine engaging in such reprehensible behavior.”

However, in an interview with Plotkin, Brown says Gray was aware of the deal.

“We had very close communication and I’m telling you that everything that happened came specifically from Vincent Gray,” Brown says.]

D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown says he plans to refer the allegations to the D.C. Office of the Inspector General for an independent review.

The chairman — who has come under criticism related to an SUV leased for his use — says he has spoken with several other councilmembers and is concerned about the matter.

“I have known Mayor Gray for many years and have always found him to be a dedicated public servant and a person of integrity,” Kwame Brown says in a statement. “I know he would agree with me that it is of the utmost importance that the truth of what happened comes out — no matter what it may reveal.”

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