Gray now fighting off the very ethical accusations he made against Fenty
Monday, March 7, 2011; 10:14 PM
Surreptitious. Clandestine. Circuitous. Sweetheart deals. Cronyism.
Those are all words that D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) used to attack the incumbent mayor on the campaign trail last year.
And that's why he is a disaster right now, not even 100 days in office.
The very platform of his campaign - sound ethics, fairness, transparency and dignity - are now crumbling in the face of some ugly allegations.
In his first few acts as a reform mayor who's come to clean house, Gray increased his staff and jacked up their salaries. Then he hired their kids.
And as though he was totally certain that nobody was looking, he hired a former campaign opponent, one who is now saying that Gray's folks were slipping him fat envelopes of cash to keep his vitriolic attacks on then-Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) going.
Is it any surprise that people are already peddling "I MISS FENTY" bumper stickers?
Let's step back just a couple months before all this happened and remember why Gray was elected.
Last year's dramatic unseating of a sitting mayor didn't happen because our city was crime ridden, decaying and stagnating.
In fact, residents who were polled before last year's election reported they were happier with their neighborhoods and the quality of services than they'd been in the 20 years that we'd been asking about such things.
It certainly wasn't perfect, but, as a whole, the District was moving forward, weathering the recession much better than some of America's other big cities.
Gray won the election because Fenty was acting like a jerk. And Gray called him on it.