And such began the five-hour drama that was the much-anticipated arrival of former mayoral candidate Sulaimon Brown to the council committee investigating the Gray administration’s hiring practices -- which had, at one point, netted Brown a high-paying job. After having dodged repeated requests that he testify, Brown’s court-ordered appearance may not have shed much new light on many of the allegations that have been raised, but it did provide plenty of tension and theatrics that may well go down in local political lore.

After a brief opening statement, Brown settled in to flesh out claims that Gray campaign officials had paid him to attack Mayor Adrian Fenty during the bruising 2010 mayoral contest and that he had been rewarded with a $110,000-a-year job at the D.C. Department of Health Care Finance thereafter.

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