Maybe Vince Gray and Muriel Bowser need to share another awkward hug. Offered another chance to finally endorse Bowser for mayor today, Gray once again begged off.

On this morning’s episode of NewsTalk on NewsChannel 8, host Bruce DePuyt asked Gray whether he was pulling for Bowser to win November’s general election.

“I haven’t come out with any public statements as of yet,” Gray said.

Gray, who proved reluctant to even call and congratulate Bowser after the Ward 4 councilmember beat him by more than 10 percentage points in April’s Democratic primary, says he’s still waiting to hear about Bowser’s “vision” for the District. (Apparently, more than a year of campaigning and an endless series of debates haven’t explained Bowser’s plans enough for Gray).

That’s not to say mayoral hopefuls David Catania and Carol Schwartz will get Gray’s backing. Gray called Schwartz a “credible candidate,” but declined to endorse either Bowser rival.

“Ms. Bowser and I have met on more than one occasion,” Gray said. “There’s no doubt that we’ll talk further about this.”

Bowser campaign manager Bo Shuff declined to comment.

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