Catania,Cheh Call for Gray's Resignation
7/12/2012, 4:57 p.m.
Citing the heavy cloud of suspicion that has been hovering over his administration following a trail of convictions aligned with his 2010 election campaign, at least two D.C. Council members are calling for the resignation of Mayor Vincent C. Gray.
At-large Councilman David Catania and Ward 3 Councilwoman Mary Cheh said in interviews earlier this week they are demanding that Gray vacate his post immediately. According to Catania, it's the right thing for Gray to leave; and Cheh said it doesn't matter whether he had knowledge of any wrongdoings while seeking to unseat rival Adrian Fenty. Gray's who had been the Council chairman, won the election with assistance of an illegal shadow campaign. The campaign, which remains under investigation, involved laundering $653,000 that was donated by a local well-known businessman.
"Whether he knew or not about the shadow campaign, the time has come for the mayor to step down," Catania said in an interview Wednesday. "We know that his campaign engaged in a criminal conspiracy to undermine the election laws of our city, calling into question the legitimacy of the election and his legitimacy as mayor."
Cheh added that, "Whether or not he knew of the massive election fraud that was taking place in his name, he is responsible for it."
Meanwhile, Gray has said he has no plans to vacate his office.