The “Kiss the Ring” party now has a date.
On Oct 13, some of Mayor Adrian Fenty‘s closest and strongest supporters, including his campaign chairman Bill Lightfoot, campaign treasurer Ben Soto, Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser, and developer Chris Donatelli, are set to host a “congratulatory reception” (read: fundraiser) in honor of Vincent Gray, according to a flyer LL picked up at Gray’s HQ this morning.
Other Fenty donors on the list of co-hosts: Darryl Wiggins, a local businessman who has been a long-time Fenty supporter, former Board of Zoning Appeals head George Griffis, and developers Elinor Bacon and Monty Hoffman.
Lightfoot tells LL that Bowser (who LL noted must be feeling nervous about her own re-election chances after the thumpin’ Fenty took in Ward 4) was the “driving force” behind the event.
“She wants to send a clear message” that she is squarely behind Gray, Lightfoot said.
The party is set for 7 p.m. Oct 13 at the Inntown Uptown Inn on 14th Street NW, and the flyer reminds guests to “please make checks payable to ‘Gray for Mayor’ $2,000 is the maximum for individual, corporate and PAC contributions.”
Lightfoot tells LL that the party’s attendees won’t be going just “to shake [Gray’s] hand,” but will have open and willing checkbooks.
Not on the list: Ron Moten.