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By any means necessary

By hook or by crook, the people of Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s beloved Washington are trying to throw him under the bus.

The plucky Mr. Gray, who dispensed a gaggle of Democratic also-rans in 2010, is stuck between the proverbial rock and a hard place.

Voters want him gone, and they are using the courthouse and the court of public opinion to kick him to the curb.

Half of the city didn’t elect him in the first place, and if speculation about a federal grand jury probing public corruption proves true, Sulaimon Brown, Mr. Gray’s onetime-opponent-turned-Fenty-antagonist, will get the honors of having the last laugh.

See, while Mr. Gray handily dispatched all rivals in the 2010 Democratic mayoral primary, four of the city’s eight wards favored the incumbent, Adrian M. Fenty.

That’s right. Economically, racially and ethnically diverse Wards 1, 2, 3 and 6, which are represented by white council members, voted for Mr. Fenty in 2010, while the largely black Wards 4, 5, 7 and 8, which have black lawmakers, placed their bets on Mr. Gray.

Now, barely 13 months into office, the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics has green-lighted voters by approving language in a petition to recall him and Chairman Brown.

The ruling, which the board made Tuesday, begs the question: Is Mr. Gray’s “One City” vision based on fact or fiction?

Deborah Simmons can be reached at