Vince Gray, press conference, Reef

Reporters finally got to question Mayor Vince Gray today about the news that his mayoral campaign paid off Sulaimon Brown. Gray just got back from a retail conference in Las Vegas trying to lure some Wegmans stores to D.C.

After a brief news conference touting the District’s efforts to help small businesses in Adams Morgan (59 new trees, and LED lights coming!), Gray faced a group of reporters who wanted to know if he still stood by his earlier story that he didn’t know anything about any payments to Brown.

Gray responded with a series of lame no comments:

“I’m not going to comment on it at this stage, we’ll let this investigation play out as well as it should and then we’ll see where we are.”

Note that Gray used to protest with maximum outrage at any notion that he’d been aware of any wrongdoing involving Brown. When WUSA9’s Bruce Johnson pointed that out, Gray replied: “Bruce, we’re going to let this investigation play out.”

When LL asked the mayor if he was expecting to finish out his term—which is the sort of question you’d think any politician could muster up a “yes” for—Gray mumbled a similar type of no comment.

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