Mayor Vince Gray‘s close friendship with disgraced former Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. isn’t looking so hot at the moment.
Gray was asked by reporters yesterday if he’s spoken to Thomas since he resigned from the council and plead guilty to stealing more than $350,000 in city funding. The mayor said no, and was then asked what he’d say to Thomas if given the chance.
“If he called me up, I’d want to know, what is he calling me for?” says Gray.
That’s cold, Mr. Mayor, cold. Maybe Thomas would call you because he needs a friend.
Thomas, after all, was one of Gray’s closest elected sidekicks during the 2010 mayoral run. And Gray often told voters that it would be a shame if Thomas didn’t get more than 75 percent of the vote in the primary.
And even after Gray’s own attorney general leveled a devastating civil lawsuit that became the backbone of the federal prosecutors’ case against Thomas, Gray was still eager to offer a sympathetic ear. Here’s what Gray told the Post last year after the civil suit was filed:
“[Thomas] to me seems a bit withdrawn at this stage. I don’t hear from him as much as I did. But I picked up the phone a couple of times and called him, because he is a friend. And I’m sorry that this happened, but he is somebody that I’ve known for a very long time, and I just don’t want to dump him out the window.”
What a difference a guilty plea makes.
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