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If Mayor Vince Gray is looking for some surrogates for his still unannounced campaign, he could do worse than Jack Evans. Appearing on WAMU’s Kojo Nnamdi Show on Friday, the Ward 2 councilmember and mayoral hopeful made a heck of a case for Gray 2014.

Evans is such a fan of Gray’s that he wouldn’t name one thing Gray had done wrong in his first term. “I think the mayor’s done a good  job,” Evans said. “I’m a supporter of Mayor Gray.”

Evans insists that he’s not running against the mayor because Gray hasn’t declared. Even if Gray does enter the race, though, Evans says he won’t drop out.

That could make for some awkward moments on the campaign trail if Evans has to face down an incumbent he’s praised. Then again, if you like Gray, you might like Evans, too. “I would continue doing a lot of things he’s doing,” Evans said.

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