Efforts spearheaded by a Ward 6 resident are underway to recall Mayor Vincent Gray as well as a couple other city officials who were elected in 2010.
According to reports, once Frederick Butler gets the nod early next week from the Board of Elections and Ethics (which will be accepting recall notices), he, along with a contingent of volunteers will be ready to hit the pavement gathering support to unseat Gray.
"It's something I've been doing under the radar for a while," Butler said in an interview. "I'm not an anti-Gray person. He's not getting the job done."
If successful, a recall will set a precedent, in that no previous city- or ward-wide effort would have ever made it to the ballot in D.C.
In addition to Gray, City Council Chairman Kwame Brown and Ward 5 Council member Harry Thomas Jr. have been under investigation surrounding various ethics violations that came to light a shortly before or after they were swron into office in January.
Meanwhile, over the course of what has been described as a tumultuous year for the mayor's office and City Council, and despite a dip in the city's unemployment and rise in population, Gray's popularity has dwindled.
A recent Clarus Poll revealed that Gray's job approval rating is more negative (40 percent) than positive (31 percent), and that former Mayor Adrian Fenty would beat his successor in a rematch.