D.C. Mayor’s Lawyer Fires Back At Media And Politicians

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File photo of Washington, DC Mayor Vincent Gray (Photo Credit: Alex Wong / Getty Images)

File photo of Washington, DC Mayor Vincent Gray (Photo Credit: Alex Wong / Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — The attorney for District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray says the mayor is being treated unfairly by the media and by elected officials who have called for his resignation in the wake of a campaign scandal.

Gray’s 2010 campaign is the subject of a long-running federal investigation, and three aides have pleaded guilty. Last week, Eugenia Clarke Harris, a public-relations executive admitted that she was part of a $650,000 “shadow campaign” to help Gray get elected.

Gray’s attorney, Robert Bennett, said in a statement Thursday that Gray “is being treated very unfairly by some in the media and those with their own political agendas.”

Bennett adds, “There is a rush to judgment based on speculation and a presumption of guilt. He has not been charged with anything, much less convicted.”

According to a new poll conducted by The Washington Post, of those rushing to judgement is Mayor Gray’s political base, with 48% of African Americans calling for him to resign.

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