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That is why, when it comes spending, Mr. Day is still doing his homework in preparation for setting himself apart from the Democratic crowd during the upcoming Ward 5 debates.

“So far I’ve tracked $6.7 million [in misspending] since 2010,” he said.

That’s truly intriguing, since it reaches back to Mayor Vincent C. Gray as council chairman, when Mr. Gray was the hammer that eventually nailed Adrian Fenty’s coffin.

The theme: irresponsible spending and over-taxation.

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