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Vincent Gray makes light of his pending unemployment

How does a newly lame-duck mayor cap off his first day back in the public eye?

With a little self-deprecation: Mayor Vincent C. Gray stopped by the WTTG-TV news set late Thursday to participate in an homage to late-night legend David Letterman, who is retiring next year: Gray read a Top 10 list of potential replacements for the CBS host. Spoiler alert: Gray himself takes top honors.

“‘Cause I’d be free at that point,” he said, before demonstrating a textbook Letterman-esque cue-card fling.

Another priceless moment: No. 6.

“One word,” the mayor said. “Kim-yay.”

“Mr. Mayor, do you know who Kimye is?” asked anchor Shawn Yancy.

“I think I do — Kanye West?” the mayor said. “I quit while I’m ahead.”

Earlier in the evening — hours after he was noncommittal about delivering a public endorsement of her nomination — Gray made his first public appearance with the woman who beat him Tuesday, Democratic nominee Muriel Bowser, at a Leadership Greater Washington event held at Georgetown’s Fairmont Hotel. According to Post columnist Bob McCartney, both were invited on stage without prior notice by the event’s host, WJLA-TV’s Rebecca Cooper. Both complied:

Muriel Bowser and Vincent Gray: together at last — with Leadership Greater Washington executive director Tim Kime between them. (Jenifer Moss Morris)
Mike DeBonis covers Congress and national politics for The Washington Post. He previously covered D.C. politics and government from 2007 to 2015.

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