It’s going to be a long day for Vince Gray, Mayor-Elect of the District of Columbia. Instead of attending the funeral of Officer Paul Dittamo, who died last week in the line of duty, Gray was in the dining room at the 4th Estate, the restaurant in the National Press Club, according to the restaurant’s Twitter account. We called The Fourth Estate, and he arrived at 1pm for a lunch with Council Chair-Elect Kwame Brown, where he still sits at press time.
According to the Post’s Mike Debonis, Fraternal Order of Police chief Kris Baumann was “apoplectic” at the no-show. You can understand his frustration and anger, given that Baumann and the Police union were leading supporters for Gray on his campaign.
I may not be a political consultant, but I can tell you that missing the funeral of an officer who died in the line of duty is probably a pretty bad idea, and you’re going to be doing more apologizing than you probably should be the first week of your transition.
Update, 4:25 PM: Gray told ABC7 that he missed the funeral because his staff didn’t tell him it was happening. (Which seems odd to us, because we sure knew it was happening and we’re not mayor-elect of anything.)