U.S. Attorney Ron Machen

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“It’s not like we’ve been looking at this for three years and there’s no there there. I mean, there’s there there”U.S. Attorney Ron Machen, Nov. 20.

Two years into Ron Machen‘s investigation into Vince Gray‘s 2010 campaign,did the U.S. Attorney promise more than he could deliver? People wondered what was taking so long, with guilty pleas from straw donors and shadow campaign operative Vernon Hawkins looking like mere beats in a countdown that, time and again, fizzles out before nabbing Gray or alleged shadow campaign financier Jeff Thompson.

But in a interview with NBC 4’s Tom Sherwood this fall, Machen defended his investigation into the last mayor’s race even as the next one was beginning.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery