Say ‘Uncle’?


Jeffrey E. Thompson on Monday pleaded guilty in federal court to funding a “shadow campaign” to help Vincent C. Gray win the 2010 mayoral election. (Evelyn Hockstein/For The Washington Post)

Twenty months ago, when the “shadow campaign” for his 2010 election was first revealed, Mayor Vincent C. Gray weathered calls for his ouster and, last year, proceeded with a reelection run. On Monday, the funder of that shadow campaign, Jeffrey Thompson, said in federal court that Gray knew about the secret effort and even presented him with a budget for it. Now Gray appears to be holding fast once again, calling Thompson’s claims “lies.” But this time he doesn’t have months to recover — only the three weeks until votes are counted in the upcoming Democratic primary. The primary race has started anew, with this question posed to voters: Do you believe “Uncle Earl,” as Thompson wished to be known, or do you believe Vince Gray? Hizzoner continues his case for credibility tonight, with his fourth State of the District address. More from APWaTimesWUSA-TVWJLA-TVWAMU-FMWTTG-TVWBJWashingtonianWNEW-FMUSA TodayNew York TimesWSJReutersCNN and Fox News.

In other news:

David Catania says his mayoral exploratory campaign will become a regular old mayoral campaign (WRC-TVLoose LipsAP)

New Vincent Gray campaign video is titled “I’m Sure Not Done” (Gray 2014)

Gray isn’t the first local politico to proclaim his innocence (PostPartisan)

Residents react to new revelations: “I feel like he sold the entire city out” (Post)

Gray on camera: “There never was any illicit secrecy” (WRC-TV)

“[T]he weight of evidence suggests that the person not telling the truth is Mr. Gray” (Post editorial)

Machen: Allegations in Thompson plea are “tip of the iceberg” (Loose Lips)

Petula Dvorak: “It’s going to make it a lot easier for District voters to make an informed choice in a crowded field of candidates” (Post column)

Deborah Simmons: “The mayor should step aside” (WaTimes)

The candidates react (Loose Lips)

Gray made it to a scheduled Monday evening campaign forum (WRC-TVWTOP)

Jim Graham says he was “victimized” by Thompson funding for 2010 opponent Jeff Smith (Loose Lips)

Muriel Bowser gets the coveted Sulaimon Brown endorsement (AP)

Clinton Yates: “If there were such a thing as a Vice Mayor, Jack Evans would be perfect for it” (Post)

Greater Greater endorsements for Brianne Nadeau and Charles Allen (GGWGGW)

Nate Bennett-Fleming wins Sierra Club endorsement in at-large race (Informer)

Allen Sessoms says he was set up for failure as UDC president (Diverse Education)

When temperatures rose, city evicted homeless families from motel rooms ordered by judge (Housing Complex)

How the city rates schools on delivering special-needs services (GGW)

Don’t undermine the Circulator brand with longer headways (GGW)

Cornell president is Smithsonian’s new leader (Post)

GWU gets $80 million gift for public health school thanks to Michael Milken and Sumner Redstone (Post)

Could the FBI building be “hacked”? (Capital Business)

City agencies promise to crack down on noise from Dupont clubs (SALM)

St. Elizabeths water tower is too funky for Commission of Fine Arts (WBJ)

Sentencing today for child pornographer Eric Toth (Post)

Dead man found in Franklin Square (DCist)

Arrest made in Brightwood Park gun murder (Post)

D.C. cop charged with insurance fraud in Prince George’s (WUSA-TV)

Under Armour at M and Wisconsin? (Capital Business)

Muriel Bowser sat next to Steve Francis at the big Terps-Cavs game (Sports Bog)

Matchbox and Ted’s Bulletin look to go national (Capital Business)

Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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