To underline the value he places on friendship, Gray identifies “Sex and the City” as his favorite TV series. He has seen almost every episode and can recount in great detail the fictional lives of Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda and Samantha.
“I like the relationships between the ladies,” Gray said. “I really enjoy the friendships that they enjoy between each other. . . . The symbolism for me is their ability to support one another.”
Despite the many friends, Gray spends lots of time alone.
Two months ago, a week after the movie “Sex and the City 2” was released, Gray sneaked out of his office in the middle of the day to watch it alone at Gallery Place.
“They always manage to stay together,” Gray said of the four friends. “They rally around each other and support each other when it matters most.”
This, of course, begs an obvious question: If we’re all a Carrie, Miranda, Samantha, or Charlotte, which is Vince Gray? And is this a question you’d like to see posed to the D.C. Council chairman when he stops by Washington City Paper next week for an interview with editors and reporters?
Of course, Gray’s cultural tastes aren’t limited to the Manhattan misadventures of Carrie Bradshaw & Co. My colleague Michael E. Grass tells me that while reporting for his profile of Gray this summer, he learned that the chairman is a big fan of mafia movies—which, of course, are about a whole other brand of fellowship. To wit.
Photo illustration by Brooke Hatfield.