WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) – Questions continue to be raised regarding D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray’s possible involvement in an alleged shadow campaign, after four aides were brought up on charges stemming from campaign finance violations made during his 2010 bid for mayor.
Vernon Hawkins, Gray’s longtime friend and confidant, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to lying to FBI investigators in the interest of obscuring the alleged shadow campaign, and now faces up to five years in prison.
The questions continue to pile up, but Gray maintains his silence.
“Some time ago I talked a lot about this and it just raises more questions,” Gray told WNEW on Friday.
“I’ve just taken the position in concert with those who are representing me, that it’s best just to let the investigators do their work and let it play out how it will,” Gray said.
“People assume that perhaps I’ve got a lot more information than perhaps I have,” he said.
Eugenia “Jeanne” Clarke Harris, a public relations executive, pleaded guilty in 2012 to making off-the-books payments for campaign materials, consultants, supplies and other expenses to support Gray.
Howard Brooks was sentenced to two years of probation for lying about under-the-table payments made to a minor candidate to encourage him to stay in the race.
Thomas Gore received a 6-month prison sentence for shredding evidence of those payments.
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