Mayor Vincent Gray urges opponents to focus energy on making D.C. better
WASHINGTON (AP/WJLA) - District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray says his opponents who are making an issue about the corruption in his 2010 campaign should articulate their vision for the city instead.
The Democratic mayor spoke at a news conference about his economic development agenda on Tuesday, one day after he declared that he's running for a second term.
Gray's 2010 campaign is the subject of an ongoing federal investigation, and four people who worked on the campaign have pleaded guilty to felonies.
"I want to talk about the future of the District of Columbia," Gray said during his biweekly press briefing. "I am a native Washingtonian. I have given virtually my life to this city."
He says he did nothing wrong in 2010 and that voters want to hear about the future, nor has he been charged with any crimes. He says his policies have created jobs and spurred development that has transformed neighborhoods. He says if one of his opponents has a better vision for the city, that person will become mayor.
Three members of the D.C. Council - Tommy Wells, Vincent Orange and Jack Evans - have already declared their candidacy for mayor and have begun campaigning.
Wells specifically went on the offensive against Gray regarding the malfeasance surrounding the campaign that got him elected.
"We know that there's an illegal campaign that helped the mayor get elected," he said. "We know the fallout is still going on."
Gray bristled after being asked about his level of cooperation with federal authorities who have been investigating his so-called shadow campaign.
"I have said what I'm going to say about this issue," he said.