New Allegations in Gray Probe

AP | 10/28/2011, 11:37 a.m.
WASHINGTON - A minor candidate in last year's District of Columbia mayoral race has told...
A congressional panel has determined that Sulaimon Brown's claim that he was promised a job for his loyalty to the Gray campaign lacks credibility./Courtesy Photo

Fenty did not return a call seeking comment Thursday.

Brown handed over the document this summer in a meeting with members of the U.S. Attorney's office, according to the person who spoke to the AP. Brown declined to comment on the document. It was not immediately clear who authored the talking points, or precisely what anti-Fenty message they conveyed.

After Gray took office in January, Brown was hired for a $110,000-a-year job in the district's Department of Health Care Finance despite questions about his background, which includes an attempted murder charge as a teenager _ he was acquitted _ a poor credit history and a spotty resume. He was fired less than a month later, with administration officials citing inappropriate office behavior.

Brown then went public with his allegations that he was paid by members of Gray's campaign chairwoman, Lorraine Green, and her friend, Howard Brooks, who handled financial matters for the campaign. Brown said Gray was aware of the payments, but he has not accused the mayor of handing him cash.

The D.C. Council conducted a lengthy fact-finding probe of Brown's allegations and concluded that Brown was paid at least $1,160 by Brooks and was promised a job in the administration.

Brown told the Council that on one occasion, Gray told him, "Howard has something for you," and that Brooks then handed him an envelope with cash inside. Gray has denied that allegation, and the Council found that Brown's claims that Gray was aware of the payments were "not credible."

Bennett, Gray's attorney, said Brown's allegation about the talking points must be relatively new since Brown did not make the accusation in the initial flurry of interviews he gave shortly after his firing or at his appearance before the Council.