Does anyone remember Scott Bishop Sr.? The genial field operative once dubbed “the Poster King” for his ability to blanket a pol’s signs across town took the brunt of the blame (some say unfairly) when former Mayor Anthony Williams‘ reelection campaign couldn’t organize a competent petition drive.
Ten years later, Bishop is now linked with another potentially mismanaged campaign—LL has discovered Bishop may have worked to support Vince Gray‘s 2010 mayoral effort, which is currently under federal investigation for allegedly having an off-the-books “shadow campaign.”
When asked if he worked for Gray, Bishop told LL “sort of,” but declined to elaborate because of the pending investigation. He added that he did not work “directly” for the campaign, but also declined to say who hired him or who paid him. Office of Campaign Finance records don’t show any indication that the Gray campaign paid Bishop a dime. But did Bishop get paid for his time? “I don’t work for free for nobody,” he told LL.
A former Gray campaign aide told LL Bishop helped put up signs for Gray’s campaign. Asked for a response to that information, Bishop seemed to indicate that it’s true, without wanting to confirm it directly: “You can say sources say, but I can’t say it.”
Bishop declined to say whether he’s spoken with federal law enforcement authorities about the campaign. The owner of another longtime fixture on D.C. campaigns related to pols’ signs, Drew Printing Co., wasn’t so shy. Howard Andrews told The Washington Times last week that he’d spoken to the feds about discrepancies between what he says he was paid for making Gray’s yard signs versus what the campaign reported on campaign finance reports.
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