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When Vincent B. Orange Sr. was the councilmember from Ward 5, he never tired of talking about his biggest success. Orange claimed to have wrangled the Brentwood Home Depot during a trip to Las Vegas. For at least five years, the councilmember was part of the city’s delegation to the gambling mecca for the annual conference of the International Council of Shopping Centers.

But Orange’s departure from public life via a trouncing in the 2006 mayoral contest hasn’t meant his Vegas streak was broken when reps from Target, Kmart, and JCPenney gathered in Sin City this week

Orange was sighted in the D.C. Economic Partnership booth yesterday, representing his new employer, Pepco.

Orange could not be reached for comment, but At-Large Councilmember Kwame Brown, who is in Vegas this week, confirms that Orange was shaking hands and slapping backs in the Partnership’s 2,000-square-foot booth. It’s one job his new bosses didn’t have to train Orange for.