D.C. mayoral debate follows lunchtime forum

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WASHINGTON (WJLA) - Except for a picture D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray’s staff tweeted out, the current mayor has been out of sight all day Thursday. But he is still set to join the other three mayoral candidates for a live forum at 7 p.m.

At a debate on Thursday afternoon, which the mayor missed, two of Gray's opponents seemed to be getting ready for him.

"We see once again, we have a public official that's making denials and we don't know when the other shoe is going to drop and we're about to elect a new mayor," said Tommy Wells.

"I think that residents deserve to know the truth and that moderators of forums should make sure those questions get answered," added Muriel Bowser.

Today’s forum was sponsored by the D.C. Adult and Family Literacy Coalition, and drew a large lunchtime crowd -- seemingly split on their views of the mayor.

"I like Mayor Gray and i think he' s a nice guy and done a lot for the city and i think the guy is just making it up," said District resident Gwen Russell.

"Some people who worked for him and voted for him last time and planned on voting for him are not going to -- they don't know what to do now, people don't know what to do but they're not going to vote for him," countered Bob Muehlencamp.

Candidates who will not be participating in tonight’s forum also weighed in, with Andy Shallal saying that Mayor Gray ought to drop out in light of the controversy:

"I think it's time for us to move on. This gray cloud over the city has been hovering for too long."