Councilmembers Call For DC Mayor Vincent Gray To Step Down
WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — A number of DC councilmembers are calling for the resignation of DC Mayor Vincent Gray as the scrutiny into the corruption and scandal surrounding his 2010 campaign continues.
David Catania was the first to call for the mayor to step down. Hours later, Mary M. Cheh became the second councilmember followed shortly thereafter by Muriel Bowser, an African-American who represents Ward 4.
Cheh issued issued the following statement: “Today, I join Councilmember Catania in calling on Mayor Gray to resign. Whether or not he knew of the massive election fraud that was taking place in his name, he is responsible for it. I cannot overemphasize the sadness that accompanies this action on my part. I came to know Vincent Gray as Chairman of the Council, and during the four year that we served together, I did not know of a single person with more integrity and commitment to the people of the District of Columbia. Indeed, that is why I endorsed him when he ran for Mayor. But the facts cannot be ignored and what has happened since has caused incalculable harm to the District. I believe that he would do a great public service if he would step aside now.”
Earlier Wednesday Gray told reporters he had no plans to resign from office and that he believes he is the best leader for the city.
A second aide to mayor Gray, Eugenia “Jeanne” Clarke Harris, plead guilty to campaign corruption charges on Tuesday.
She also admitted to a ‘shadow campaign’ in court.