In his first run for mayor, Vince Gray ran against Adrian Fenty, whose supporters wanted him to stay around so much that they made a song about it. Nearly four years later, Gray’s own supporters are holding meetings around town to say the same thing to him.
In the meetings, first reported by the Post, Gray backers try to convince him to run for a second term. LL got the address of one of Friday’s “Convince Vince” meetings ahead of time, so he checked it out.
Ward 5 activist and committed Washington Post hater Robert Brannum hosted the meeting in his Bloomingdale home. Waiting on his porch for Gray, Brannum told LL that he planned to ask him to run again. “He’s my candidate,” Brannum says. “He’s my man.”
Other attendees included Ward 5 Democrats vice chair Ronnie Edwards, DC Latino Caucus president Franklin Garcia, Latino Caucus PAC coordinator Hector Rodriguez, and deputy mayoral chief of staff Sheila Bunn.
At-Large Councilmember Anita Bonds also made an appearance, although she said that her presence didn’t mean she was backing Gray. “I’m here to have dinner with my friends,” Bonds told LL.
Brannum referred LL’s others questions about the series of meetings to a shadowy “them,” declining to say who “they” were. The mayor was equally tight-lipped, heading straight past LL into Brannum’s home, where he was met with a round of applause.
Update, 6 p.m.: Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie was also at the meeting, according to McDuffie spokesman Stephanie Liotta Atkinson. But, as with Bonds, don’t take that as an endorsement. “Councilmember McDuffie is solely focused on his own election right now,” she writes to LL.
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