- The Washington Times - Monday, March 10, 2014

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The mayor should step aside.

What a tangled web was weaved even if they all did not intend to deceive.


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Hillary Clinton. Former and current D.C. mayors. Uber accounting firm Thompson, Cobb and Bazilio. Civil and women’s rights leader Dorothy I. Height. Chartered Healthcare. A legion of others.

They all are connected to Jeffrey Earl Thompson, identified Monday in federal court as “Uncle Earl” the man who funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars into a shadowy campaign to get Vincent C. Gray elected mayor in 2010.

The man whose kindness and fund-raising acumen delivered to goodwill causes and organizations.


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The man whose ruthlessness could make and break the rungs of a political ladder.

The man whose downfall now calls for the current mayor of the nation’s capital to step aside.

Thompson pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court to two federal conspiracy charges.

The damning legal and credibility ramifications stem from 1) Mr. Gray giving Thompson a campaign wish list; 2) Mr. Gray agreed to keep Thompson’s assistance “secret”; and 3) Mr. Gray referring to Mr. Thompson as “Uncle Earl.”

All along the way of this three-year-old investigation, Mr. Gray has iterated his innocence, sometimes testy and sometimes not.

Mr. Gray’s bottom line was always that he did not “break” the law.

Thompson in his allocution and federal prosecutors in open court said otherwise on Monday.

While our justice system calls for everyone to be deemed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, evidence says that Mr. Gray had firsthand knowledge of the illicit scheme, which included straw donors.

Also, several Gray campaign aides have already acknowledged their roles in the “shadow campaign.”

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