Probe focuses on nonprofit linked to Gray backer
On his weekly radio show, Mr. Jones has claimed that he used the housing funds intended to renovate 2127 Queens Chapel Road to renovate a different property he owns nearby to what is now the Stadium Club, featuring “upscale adult entertainment and fine dining.” On a recent visit, The Times spoke with Mr. Jones‘ tenant at 2145 Queens Chapel Road, who said renovations had occurred on the building’s second floor, which appeared vacant.
But questions also remain about what improvements, if any, occurred at 2127 Queens Chapel Road prior to its sale.
During the mayoral election, Mr. Jones appeared at straw polls and other campaign activities wearing a Gray for Mayor sticker, according to multiple sources. When The Times contacted him to discuss the Gray campaign, Mr. Jones said, “It’s looking good. He’s in the lead, so it looks like we’ve done a piece of a good job. He’s the most personable candidate.”
But when The Times pressed for details about his role, Mr. Jones said in a text: “Please don’t use me in any way concerning the Gray campaign.” Mr. Jones then pledged his support for incumbent Adrian M. Fenty. When asked if he was trying to have it both ways, he wrote, “Who don’t want it both ways.”
Last summer, then-candidate Gray attended a family-reunion picnic that featured voter registration at Langdon Park in Northeast Washington organized by Returning Citizens United, which Mr. Jones co-founded. The Gray campaign confirmed that Mr. Gray spoke at the event.
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