Let’s see if we can do some yeoman’s work tracking where we are with a lot of the political scandals that are currently underway here in the District relating just to District Operations. If we had to handle Congressional and Executive scandals, this post would be too long for anyone to digest, so let’s keep politics local, shall we?
This afternoon in a press conference at the Reeves Center, Vince Gray announced five appointees to administration positions. The first two were education-oriented positions, with Gray appointing De’Shawn A. Wright to Deputy Mayor for Education, and Hosanna Mahaley to the Office of the State Superintendent of Education’s head. In addition, Gray appointed Rochelle Webb to run DOES, and Gustavo Velasquez and Clarence Brown to continue on at DOHR and the Office on Aging, respectively.
Sadly, I was not able to attend the presentation of a new design for Dunbar High School, but Intrepid Post Report Mike Debonis was there and catalogued this epic exchange between Mayor Fenty and Mayor-Elect Gray:
“The Redskins beat themselves,” Fenty added.
“That happens often. Doesn’t it, Mr. Mayor?” said Gray to Fenty
I believe the Mayor-Elect has you there, Mayor Fenty.
This afternoon in front of the assembled media, Mayor-Elect Vince Gray introduced his right and his left hands to the audience. Gray introduced his right hand, City Administrator Nominee Allen Lew, and his left hand, Chief of Staff Gerri Mason Hall. These are the first two of many appointments expected between now and Christmas to fill the various vacancies in the new Gray Administration.
Another week closer to the primary and DCision 2010. 46 days until the primary election and the end of the Gray/Fenty battle.
The Big Race
Gray ekes out a win in Ward 6. The Ward 6 Democrats held their straw poll on Tuesday night, and Vince Gray came away the winner, even if he didn’t win their endorsement. The organization required 60% of the vote in order to grant an endorsement, and neither candidate breached that margin. Vince Gray picked up 56%, with Adrian Fenty picking up just 40%. As usual, straw polls aren’t a great measure of anything other than the most involved partisans.
Endorsements for Gray. Three endorsements for Vince Gray this week, one from the Fraternal Order of Police, one from the Latino Caucus, and one from the Realtors. Endorsements are a mixed bag. They can come with institutional support (likely from the Latino Caucus) or money (likely from the Realtors and FOP) or votes. Enough endorsements and you’ve got a rock-steady base and a motivated group of people with a lot to lose. We won’t know how much this matters until all the cards are on the table. Still, it looks good for Gray this week. Continue reading