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Vince Gray has kept a low profile lately, but the ex-mayor can’t resist a chance to foil old nemesis Muriel Bowser. In a press release sent out this afternoon, the former mayor endorses Dwayne Toliver for the Ward 4 special election—-and includes a not-so-subtle dig at Bowser favorite Brandon Todd along the way.

In a press release from Toliver’s campaign, Gray calls the Shepherd Park advisory neighborhood commissioner “the best choice” to represent the ward. So far, so boilerplate, but Gray follows up with the good stuff, saying that it’s “a hugely important time to have an independent Council to ensure there are solid checks and balances across the District government.”

In other words, if you don’t vote for Toliver, in Gray’s telling, Todd will win and do whatever his patron says.

Gray has also endorsed in the Ward 8 race, where Gray favorite Sheila Bunn faces Bowser ally LaRuby May (and a whole lot of other people). Campaign finance reports from the two mayors’ candidates tell the difference between being backed by a former mayor and a current one. As of March 10, May had raised $239,621.03. Bunn, on the other hand, had raised just $54,062.74.

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