‘Who do you believe?’


In his State of the District address, Mayor Vincent Gray impugned accuser Jeffrey Thompson, saying he “tried to illegally subvert the election of Barack Obama” by funding a secret campaign for Hillary Clinton. (Linda Davidson/The Washington Post)

In his fourth, perhaps final, State of the District address, Mayor Vincent C. Gray presented voters with a choice: “I ask you: Who do you believe?” he asked. “A greedy man attempting to save himself? Or me, a public servant who has dedicated my entire career and my entire life to giving back to our communities in the District of Columbia?” It’s the threshold question for Gray’s re-election hopes — one he trusts voters will resolve in his favor, not Jeffrey Thompson’s, allowing them to move on to the merits of the policy prescriptions he presented Tuesday night at Kelly Miller Middle School: a $116 million pledge of new education funds, a long-awaited plan for addressing family homelessness, parental leave for city employees and even a “One City Business Portal” Web site for licenses and permits. “My friends, that is real progress,” Gray told the crowd. More from APWRC-TVWTTG-TVWJLA-TVWaTimes and Loose Lips.

In other news:

A day later, Grayworld stands by its man (Post)

Thompson affair “is not, as it might seem, a simple tale of skirting campaign finance laws. It is more fundamental and more insidious.” (Post editorial)

Gray breaks $1 million in fundraising, leads mayoral challengers in cash on hand (PostWaTimesWUSA-TV)

Will the former Thompson, Cobb, Bazilio and Associates ever pay for its role in its former owner’s crimes? (WaTimes)

Vincent Orange: “If I had knowledge, I’d be indicted. I’m not getting indicted. I’m not a co-conspirator.” (Post)

Taking the pulse of a booming city plagued by corruption (Post)

Thompson plea includes new information on Minyon Moore’s role in arranging Hillary shadow campaign (Post)

Clintonworld strikes back (National Journal)

A straight-faced case that the ends justifies the means (Daily Beast)

If only Thompson had taken a cue from the Koch brothers (Post letter)

Board of Elections says, pending petitions, marijuana legalization can go on ballot (PostWAMU-FMAPWaTimesLoose Lips)

Cathy Lanier goes to Deanwood to address spike in violence (Post)

Courtland Milloy: “In matters of life and death on the streets, it’s not Gray who counts. It’s Lanier.” (Post column)

Greater Greater endorsement for Kenyan McDuffie (GGW)

Tepid commentary, not endorsements, for at-large council member and chairman (GGW)

All eyes on Muriel Bowser (WJLA-TV)

Why Stevie Franchise supports Bowser: “I believe in what she’s trying to accomplish” (Sports Bog)

Bowser won’t return Thompson-linked donations to old campaigns (WUSA-TV)

“Alice Deal for All”: Workable plan, or mindless rhetoric? (GGW)

WTU president says the “top-down approach” of Michelle Rhee persists under Kaya Henderson (Labor Notes)

Phil Pannell says he’ll pursue the vacated Ward 8 State Board of Education seat (Informer)

Is someone trying to mislead voters on early-vote locations? (Loose Lips)

Former Beauvoir teacher gets 25 years in prison for child pornography charges (Post)

Lawsuit over Harriette Walters lawsuit will go to Supreme Court (WBJ)

Eight new applicants for school charters include Arabic-immersion program, boarding schools (Post)

Success of the proposed 11th Street Bridge Park is all about the design (GGW)

D.C. Lottery truck can’t park in food-truck zones (WBJ)

It’s chlorine shower time again! (Post)

Marathon will make driving around Saturday a huge pain (Dr. Gridlock)

Vince Gray, between two ferns? (Slate)

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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