Hook, line and sinker


Bob Bennett stands in his office, with his fish mounted on the wall. (Bill O’Leary/Washington Post)

Lawyer Bob Bennett, the Post’s Ben Terris reports, has a fish. It’s a brown speckled trout mounted to the wall of his office at Hogan Lovells and the mounting has an inscription: “If I kept my mouth shut, I wouldn’t be here.” That is advice Bennett’s client Vincent C. Gray has not been following very closely, particularly in the aftermath of businessman Jeffrey E. Thompson’s guilty plea Monday, which implicated the mayor in knowing about an illegal “shadow campaign.” Silence, however, is not a tenable strategy for a public official in Gray’s position. He continued to protest his innocence and lambaste Thompson Wednesday, as he broke ground on the long-awaited Skyland development but lost a key endorsement. “One of the more difficult things in representing high-profile clients is that they’ve gotten where they are because they are great communicators who convince people of whatever they want to convince them of,” Bennett tells Terris. “And very often, I want to tell these folks that they are now in a place where that doesn’t necessarily work.”

In other news:

David Catania files papers for independent mayoral run (PostAPWashingtonianWTTG-TVBladeLoose LipsWaTimesWTOPDCist)

Hakim Sutton, accused of stealing from Michael Brown campaign, is finally charged (PostWRC-TVCrime StoriesLoose LipsAP)

Meet the homeless families the city is finding it difficult to help (City Paper)

Judge says ethics board lacks jurisdiction, can’t take action against chief administrative law judge (Post)

The Current papers pull their Gray endorsement (DofDLoose LipsDCist)

Gray Medicaid director to Ron Machen: I have nothing to hide (Post)

Virginia Senate majority leader: Vince Gray is “up to his ass in alligators” (Post)

Did Gray do some racial dog-whistling in his State of the District address? (Post editorial)

Who does Bob McCartney believe? Jeff Thompson (Post column)

Jonetta Rose Barras: “The corruption that permeated Gray’s 2010 campaign should disqualify him from elective office” (Post column)

Tom Sherwood: “If it wasn’t before, the shadow campaign is now front and center as voters head to the polls” (WRC-TV)

At long last, a Skyland groundbreaking (PostWBJWRC-TVWJLA-TVDCist)

“It’s not over for Vincent Gray” (Politico)

Democratic candidates agree: We won’t be supporting David Catania (Post)

Greater Greater endorsement for Tommy Wells (GGW)

A guide to what might be next for Ron Machen (Loose Lips)

Tiny change to Height Act passes; Darrell Issa “would like to have gone further” (Roll CallUrbanTurfHousing ComplexAP)

The Downtowner backs Jack Evans: “He’s the one person who is uniquely and – we firmly believe – pragmatically qualified to preside over and run the District of Columbia government” (Downtowner)

Evans, two others get slight GLAA upgrades (Blade)

Chamber PAC won’t revisit Gray endorsement (WBJ)

Thanks to Cecil Mills controversy, 911 operators now double-check addresses (WTTG-TV)

Activists dress as Charles Dickens to press city officials on inequality (WJLA-TV)

Health center that’s been open for two months will have “grand opening” on first day of early voting (WBJ)

Looks like old Grimke School won’t be re-offered to charter schools (UrbanTurf)

How a dedicated 16th Street bus lane could improve commutes and save Metro lots of money (WAMU-FMGGW)

And how streetcars would be better than buses on some congested corridors (Dr. Gridlock)

Somebody carved holes in some Bloomingdale trees (DCist)

Curtis Malone, AAU basketball kingpin, pleads guilty to drug charges, faces long prison term (Post)

Pool chemical spill closes Wilson High (PostAP)

Behind the “microunit” trend (WTOP)

Pour House will close, become upscale restaurant (WBJ)

The bald doctor guy from “Sex and the City” supports D.C. statehood (DCist)

D.C.’s underground sex market is in decline, but still pretty big (City Desk)

Your Banksy posters are not appreciated (DCist)

Muriel Bowser earns — earns? — a Deadspin mention (Deadspin)

On the bright side (Post letter)

Mike DeBonis covers Congress and national politics for The Washington Post. He previously covered D.C. politics and government from 2007 to 2015.

local

mike-debonis

Success! Check your inbox for details. You might also like:

Please enter a valid email address

See all newsletters

Comments
Show Comments
Most Read Local

local

mike-debonis

Success! Check your inbox for details.

See all newsletters

Next Story
Mike DeBonis · March 12, 2014