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If U.S. Attorney Ron Machen wants to get Vince Gray out of the mayoral suite, he’ll have to do more than indict him. In an appearance on NewsChannel 8 today, Gray said that he won’t resign from office if he’s charged in connection with the 2010 shadow campaign to get him elected.

“I’m not going to walk away from this situation,” Gray told Bruce DePuyt this morning on NewsTalk.

Gray could soon have the chance to back up his words. Earlier this week, Gray attorney Robert Bennett said he expects Gray to face federal charges. But Gray rejected a claim made by mayoral rival (and fellow alleged shadow campaign beneficiary!) Vincent Orange that Gray’s lawyers are negotiating with prosecutors.

“What am I, sitting down and consulting with him?” Gray said of Orange.

Gray also defended yesterday’s endorsement event with Marion Barry, in which Barry veered into racial language that can’t be appetizing for Gray less than two weeks before the primary. Gray said he did not asked Barry to stay on-message before the event started.

“I’m not going to try to script him, and he’s not going to try to script me,” Gray said.

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