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Posted at 10:51 AM ET, 09/13/2010

Gray officials say campaigner with anti-gentrification message isn't theirs

Dirty tricks or an overzealous volunteer or supporter of Vincent C. Gray's campaign for mayor?

Gray campaign officials have gotten reports that there was a van with Gray signs on it driving down U Street in Ward 1 on Sunday. The driver of the van was shouting with a loud speaker, "End gentrification, vote for Gray."

There was also an account of the van on Twitter, according to someone not affiliated with the Gray campaign who contacted The Washington Post.

Of course, the revitalized U Street corridor may not be the best location for Gray supporters to be delivering an anti-yuppie message.

Mo Elleithee, a strategist for the Gray campaign, said he's heard reports that a van touting a similar message has been driving through wealthy Ward 3.

But Elleithee said Gray campaign officials insist that the van is not affiliated with their get-out-the vote effort. He suspects it's someone using a bit of reverse psychology to try to generate support for Mayor Adrian M. Fenty.

Sean Madigan, a Fenty spokesman, called the Gray campaign's assertion "ridiculous."

By  |  10:51 AM ET, 09/13/2010

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