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“Bring it on.” Mayor Vince Gray, April 4.

If Vince Gray gets his way, he isn’t going anywhere. Gray wouldn’t declare for re-election until December, but he was already pushing back against aspirants to the top job in April.

In an appearance on NewsChannel 8’s NewsTalk, he told (absent) mayoral hopeful Muriel Bowser to “bring it on.” Gray was defending his administration from Bowser’s accusations of lethargy, but eight months later, with Gray finally in the race, his challenge looks a lot more significant than that.

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