Gray And Bowser Hug It Out At ‘Unity Breakfast’
WASHINGTON (WNEW/AP) — Mayor Vincent Gray and D.C. Councilmember Muriel Bowser put aside their differences while attending a breakfast intended to promote unity among the District of Columbia’s Democratic Party Friday morning.
Bowser defeated Gray and six others in Tuesday’s mayoral primary. Following her victory, she called for the party to come together ahead of the general election, in which she’ll face independent Councilmember David Catania.
Prior to the breakfast, Gray had yet to call Bowser to congratulate her, according to WNEW senior correspondent Mark Segraves. Gray hasn’t said whether he would support her in November, but did say he would not support Catania.
The incumbent mayor initially walked off the stage without embracing and congratulating Bowser at the breakfast. He returned to do so after being questioned by reporters, Segraves said.
Marion Barry, who endorsed Gray’s reelection bid, also congratulated Bowser for the first time at the event. Unlike Gray, however, the Ward 8 councilmember and former mayor said he would support Bowser’s mayoral bid.
Bowser and Gray have long had a testy relationship. Bowser called on Gray to resign in 2012 following revelations of an illegal “shadow campaign” that helped him get elected in 2010.
The city Democratic State Committee’s “unity breakfast” is being held Friday morning at a church in southeast Washington.
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