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Vince Gray earned a standing ovation at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center this morning as he handed over the District’s seal to new mayor Muriel Bowser. Later, he went on to experience a less pleasant tradition: the toppling of all statues bearing his likeness.
Wait, that’s not it. These days, erasing a mayor’s record happens online. As of noon, according to a memo obtained by LL, District government webmasters were instructed to delete vestiges of the Gray administration from their city pages.
Along with the obvious—-swapping out Gray’s name and picture for Bowser’s—-anyone running a District government webpage was told to ditch Gray’s “One City” logo. Gray’s short-lived legacy project has been slated for deletion, as are his administration’s press release. Ditto his business reform page and his “One City Action Plan.”
The mayoral purge isn’t a Bowser innovation—-Gray did much the same to rival (and Bowser mentor) Adrian Fenty in 2011. Presumably anticipating the deletions, Gray’s legacy project has been set up on a private website as well, where One City can live forever…or at least as long as the hosting bill is paid.
Photo by Darrow Montgomery