What magical timing! A week after a council report slammed Mayor Vince Gray for failing to mind what was going on with hiring during the first few months of his administration, Hizonner introduced the District today to two new folks he says will right the good ship Gray.
Gray, rarely looking up from a prepared statement while speaking in a dull monotone, acknowledged his administration has hit some rough spots but says the new crew “are committed to ensuring we have an ethical, accountable and transparent administration.”
LL has already introduced you to the new hires, but they are new chief of staff Chris Murphy and deputy chief of staff, Andi Pringle.
Murphy wants you to know that he believes in Vince Gray and believes in the District, that the city’s best days are ahead, and that Gray is “uniquely effective” and is working “tirelessly to build a more vibrant city for all of us.” Murphy says one of his first orders of business is to do a thorough review of the mayor’s office and to make sure it’s performing at the “velocity and quality” that Gray deserves.
Murphy’s family was there today, including his son Aidan, who you may recall is the DCPS student who successfully lobbied Council Chairman Kwame “Fully Loaded” Brown on the matter of serving chocolate milk at school cafeterias.
As rumored, Pringle’s gig will include overseeing the mayor’s communications shop, which means she’ll be the boss of Gray’s spokeswoman Linda Wharton Boyd, whose salary is about $40,000 more a year than Pringle’s. Awkward!
But LL, what do they look like, you say? Well, here you go: