The troubled administration of Mayor Vincent Gray reportedly sought the assistance of a high profile crisis intervention manager after a federal probe that remains ongoing, was launched into his 2010 election campaign.
Judy Smith, who has advised Monica Lewinsky, Wesley Snipes and Michael Vick, and serves as executive producer of the the new TV drama "Scandal," touts herself on her website as "America's No. 1 Crisis Management Expert." Scandal, which is loosely based on Smith, stars Kerry Washington.
Smith was contacted by a member of Gray's staff who introduced her on June 15 to the mayor. The two had a breakfast meeting in July, according to a report that referenced emails as sources. But while a Gray spokesperson confirmed the meeting, he also advised that Smith has not been working for Gray, and that she has neither a paid nor unpaid role in the administration.
Former D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown was forced to resign two months ago in the wake of an investigation into his financial affairs. A week later, Smith was introduced to Christopher Murphy, the mayor's chief of staff, by D.C. Chamber of Commerce President Barbara Lang.
Brown's departure has nothing to do with the cloud of suspicion that has hovered over Gray's administration since easy 2011.
While Gray has adamantly maintained that he has not engaged in any wrongdoing, three top aides involved in the campaign that unseated Adrian Fenty, have been convicted in federal court of misdeeds that include some $650,000 in contributions that were improperly handled.