Rumors have it that D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray's resignation is imminent. Some prognosticators were so adamant about their predictions that, according to rumors, Gray was supposed to have resigned last weekend. These rumors have been inflamed, of course, by the recent news that now a third Gray campaign supporter has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit campaign fraud and for conspiring to destroy records.
Public relations consultant Eugenia "Jeanne" Clarke Harris admitted on Tuesday to federal authorities that between 2008 and 2010, she made illegal campaign contributions to federal and local candidates. The contributions were made in the names of employees, family members and friends, along with contributions made in the name of two companies she owns, which in turn were reimbursed by an unnamed co-conspirator.
This does not look good for Mayor Gray who is continuing to do his job in spite of the ongoing distractions that began immediately after he took office in January. And, despite the distractions, Mayor Gray continues to add to the list of accomplishments his administration is making. The District's unemployment rate has been reduced due in part to more than 1,000 residents hired through the "One City, One Hire" program, the schools and public libraries modernization program is moving along swiftly, numerous major construction developments are ongoing, the city's cash reserves are being replenished and record numbers of newcomers to the District are adding to the city's tax rolls. It's the proverbial "best of times and worst of times" for Mayor Gray.
Mayor Gray's commitment to this city and to public service is undeniable. His life's story, personal and professional, is a testament to this fact. We look forward to seeing a successful Gray Administration through to the end of his term, and we encourage him to move forward with his efforts to make the District an even greater city than it is now. If, however, he has been involved in any wrongdoing, we urge him to spare District voters the angst of waiting for the other shoe to drop, and we remind him that there is no perfect time for what some believe may be inevitable.