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Vincent Gray, mayor of Washington,D.C., tries shifting attention away from campaign questions and focusing on business

6:01 PM, Jul 25, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) - A feisty Mayor Vincent Gray got into some verbal sparring matches with reporters at his weekly news conference on Wednesday. As WUSA9's Bruce Johnson reports, Gray appears determined to show that his administration is not being slowed nor distracted by a federal corruption probe.

It was the second consecutive day that Mayor Gray tried to get reporters to shift gears from the negative press about his 2010 campaign that got help from a $650,000 illegal shadow campaign.

In one apparent improvised move, Gray revealed that he had met recently with the President of Pepco,  then formed a task force to look into underground wires to prevent future power outages. The city administrator would head up that effort.

The planned announcement for Wednesday centered on a 56-page booklet that touted the mayor's One City plan:

Gray says the plan is to finally rebuild the troubled and often dangerous Barry Farm housing project in Southeast.

The Mayor meets with Ward five Democratic leaders Thursday evening. They've got serious concerns about whether the Mayor will survive the federal campaign probe.

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