Credit: Photograph by Darrow Montgomery

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It was all looking up for the District’s chief financial officer, Natwar Gandhi, for most of 2012. He got appointed to another five-year term this summer as the D.C. Council heaped praise on him. But soon after, the Washington Post launched a series of articles questioning whether the CFO’s office was cutting sweetheart tax deals with some downtown developers and whether Gandhi tried to bury unflattering audits of his office. Then news broke that the FBI was looking into the city’s lottery contract (which Gandhi’s office helped award) and the Securities and Exchange Commission was looking into the internal audits, too. For a guy who had a pretty charmed existence until now—who else could survive having an employee caught stealing $50 million without being forced out?—the bad news must have been especially jarring. Gandhi, though, still has four and a half more years to get over it—at least.