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SIMMONS: Catania outburst, Barry anger the product of deep-seated antipathy
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.
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?
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Award-winning opinion writer Deborah Simmons is a senior correspondent who reports on City Hall and writes about education, culture, sports and family-related topics. Mrs. Simmons has worked at several newspapers, and since joining The Washington Times in 1985, has served as editorial-page editor and features editor and on the metro desk. She has taught copy editing at the University of ...
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