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Here’s another connection between Mayor Vince Gray, who is under fire for getting elected with the help of an alleged off-the-books shadow campaign, and former President Bill Clinton, who was under fire for fooling around with an intern and lying about it. The AP has the scoop that Gray’s chief of staff, Chris Murphy, recently met with Judy Smith, a crisis-management expert who advised Monica Lewinsky and inspired the television drama Scandal. D.C. Chamber of Commerce President Barbara Lang helped put the two in touch, the AP reports.

Murphy and Smith corresponded by email later in June and set up a breakfast meeting for July 11, in the middle of what turned out to be a tumultuous week for the mayor. On July 10, the mayor’s longtime friend Eugenia “Jeanne” Clarke Harris pleaded guilty to conspiracy and obstruction charges and admitted her role in the shadow campaign.

Smith, old-timers may recall, is no stranger to District politics. She was U.S. Attorney Jay Stephens‘ spokeswoman during former Mayor-for-life Marion Barry’s drug trial.

The full AP story here.

Photo illustration by Brooke Hatfield