"Closing the budget deficit will be a real test of his leadership and set the tone for the rest of his administration," said A. Scott Bolden, a prominent defense attorney and former chairman of the D.C. Democratic State Committee. "Chairman Gray is going to learn quickly what it means to be Mayor Gray."
"In the short term, residents will stay put. But in the long term, they will consider moving to Maryland and Virginia. There is tremendous bloat in personnel, and he needs to make cuts in a lean, efficient and effective way without slashing and burning," he said.