Washington Mayor Vincent C. Gray (from left) and D.C. Council members David Catania, Michael A. Brown and Vincent Orange stand for the Pledge of Allegiance before advocating for D.C. statehood in front of the New Hampshire House of Representatives Committee on State-Federal Relations and Veterans Affairs at the New Hampshire Statehouse in Concord, N.H., on Friday, Jan. 27, 2012.  (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Photo by: Andrew Harnik

Washington Mayor Vincent C. Gray (from left) and D.C. Council members David Catania, Michael A. Brown and Vincent Orange stand for the Pledge of Allegiance before advocating for D.C. statehood in front of the New Hampshire House of Representatives Committee on State-Federal Relations and Veterans Affairs at the New Hampshire Statehouse in Concord, N.H., on Friday, Jan. 27, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)