A whole lot of people listened to WAMU’s Kojo Nnamdi Show more closely than usual today. Mayor Vince Gray was making his second appearance in three weeks on the show, and this time, he had an announcement to make.
“I don’t want to upstage a much more important event,” Gray said. That “much more important event”: the declaration of Kojo Nnamdi Day, in honor of Nnamdi’s 15 years with WAMU.
No offense to Nnamdi, who deserves to have the other 364 days of the year dedicated to him as well, but that’s not exactly the big reveal LL was waiting for. Gray didn’t announce whether he’d run for a second term, but he might have pulled off something even better: making the massive scheme to get him elected in 2010 look mundane.
Sure, he took envelopes of bundled contributions from embattled money man Jeff Thompson and promptly turned them into his campaign treasury, Gray said. But Thompson, whose Medicaid firm depended on a city contract threatened by then-Gray opponent Adrian Fenty, didn’t ask Gray for anything in exchange.
“When is somebody satisfied?” Gray asked.
Gray’s still claiming ambivalence about his re-election plans, but at least one of his opponents has decided to go after him anyway. Shortly after Gray’s Kojo appearance, Tommy Wells‘ campaign tweeted a graphic combining Gray’s claim that he didn’t know about his campaign malfeasance with a picture of the mayor sharing a moment with scandal progenitor Sulaimon Brown.