Vincent Gray's supporters rally behind embattled Washington, D.C. mayor

5:27 PM, Jul 18, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) - A small but well-connected group of people turned out today to support D.C.'s embattled Mayor Vincent Gray.  They criticized the three Council members who are calling for Gray to resign from office amid allegations that an illegal shadow campaign helped get him elected.

Bruce Johnson, who has been on top of this scandal from the beginning,reports some of Gray's supporters now say they have gotten some answers from the Mayor in private.

The small but persistent group met under a blistering noon sun on the steps of the Wilson building. One of the Gray supporters, Keith Silver, was treated for heat exhaustion. He stepped out of an ambulance to defend Mayor Gray.

Protestors blasted three D.C. Council members who are calling on Mayor Gray to resign. He hasn't been charged but prosecutors claim Gray defeated incumbent Mayor Adrian Fenty with the help of an illegal war chest of more than $650,000.

Other supporters not authorized to speak today said the mayor, in private conversation, has claimed he didn't know about the shadow campaign until a post-campaign meeting with convicted felon Jeanie Clarke Harris. They said Gray claims he notified his attorney Robert Bennet who then notified the U.S. Attorney's office.

Just yesterday Mayor Gray was repeating his public position of not saying if or when he knew about the off-the-books campaign on his behalf.

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