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“There was Jeff at the head of the table. Beautiful china. All of a sudden, ding, ding, ding. . . He had on a top hat — I swear. He took it off and said, ‘Gentlemen.’ He passed the hat around, and people filled it with checks.”


— A political consultant (speaking on the condition of anonymity, what with that pesky federal probe) about Jeffrey Thompson, in Nikita Stewart’s investigative report on the flamboyant rags-to-riches D.C. businessman implicated in underwriting an illegal shadow campaign for Mayor Vincent Gray. Did you know he used to date former Labor Secretary Alexis Herman? And refer to himself, in the third person, as “The Governor”? “If you didn’t know him,” another associate told Stewart, “you would think it was egomaniacal.” He’s like a character from a novel, so go read the whole thing: The Governor of D.C.; the rise of Jeffrey E. Thompson and the fall that has rattled District politics.

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