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D.C. mayor’s team unethical in hiring practices, probe reveals
The Washington Times ^ | August 23, 2011 | Tom Howell Jr.

Posted on 08/23/2011 6:13:20 PM PDT by jazusamo

Gray spared, but he accepts ‘responsibility’ for missteps

The administration of D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray engaged in cronyism, paid salaries above legal caps and illegally hired the children of senior officials, according to the findings of a D.C. Council investigation released Tuesday.

While the draft report by the council’s Special Committee on Investigation of Executive Personnel Practices found “clear evidence” of such practices by the Gray team, the mayor was largely spared.

The report states most of the blame for personnel errors “falls squarely” on the staffers who were responsible for hiring political appointees, then placing them in agencies: Judy Banks, the interim director of the D.C. Department of Human Resources; Gerri Mason Hall, who served as Mr. Gray’s chief of staff until she was fired in March; and Lorraine Green, a longtime confidante of the mayor who led the campaign and transition.

Still, Mr. Gray, Democrat, blamed himself.

“At the end of the day, it’s my administration and I take responsibility,” he said.

The report also found “strong evidence” that Howard Brooks, a campaign consultant during Mr. Gray’s run for mayor last year, provided funds and a job to minor mayoral candidate Sulaimon Brown to stay in the race to attack incumbent Mayor Adrian M. Fenty.

Mr. Brown leveled the dramatic accusations after he was hired, then fired earlier this year from a $110,000-a-year job in the Department of Healthcare Finance.

The report, released by the office of council member Mary M. Cheh, Ward 3 Democrat, brings some closure to personnel issues that dominated the first months of the administration.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: corruption; gray; washingtondc
“At the end of the day, it’s my administration and I take responsibility,” he said.

LOL!

In reality Gray was thinking: Dang, that was a close call, they almost nailed me, I'll be more careful next time.

1 posted on 08/23/2011 6:13:23 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

“The report states most of the blame for personnel errors “falls squarely” on the staffers”

Oh, sure...


2 posted on 08/23/2011 6:17:49 PM PDT by CondorFlight (I)
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To: jazusamo

The District of Criminals is just living up to its name!


3 posted on 08/23/2011 6:19:28 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: jazusamo

Mistakes were made, blah, blah, blah, nobody is getting fired or going to jail because we’re Democrats.


4 posted on 08/23/2011 6:20:13 PM PDT by hometoroost (Frodo lives!)
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To: hometoroost

I am shocked! SHOCKED!


5 posted on 08/23/2011 6:23:17 PM PDT by Cincinnatus.45-70 (What do DemocRats enjoy more than a truckload of dead babies? Unloading them with a pitchfork!)
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Actually, everyone involved is going to get giant raises and a pension for life.

Maybe 2 or 3 pensions.

6 posted on 08/23/2011 6:29:12 PM PDT by Rome2000 (OBAMA IS A COMMUNIST CRYPTO-MUSLIM)
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Maybe 2 or 3 pensions.

Pensions for their kids, for their grandkids,
and don’t forget the dog.


7 posted on 08/23/2011 6:31:58 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: jazusamo

Mayor Gray isn’t doing anything that Obama and Eric Holder arent doing.


8 posted on 08/23/2011 6:43:07 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: Venturer

That’s right, all three should be in prison.


9 posted on 08/23/2011 6:50:30 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Ah, the employer of last resort for those unemployable children of the new elite. Dumber than a brick, but related to one of the staffers, you’re in. Counting paperclips without a calculator just too hard, well only come in on days ending in Z, but we’ll pay you full salary anyway because it seems so fair.


10 posted on 08/23/2011 6:52:38 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (There's a pill for just about everything ... except stupid!)
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To: jazusamo

That DC mayoral race was THE most racist thing I’ve seen in my life. It was all about race, one black guy vs. another black guy with the argument over an Asian schools superintendent whose boyfriend (as I understand it) is the black mayor of Oakland. Thing is, she was actually making good progress with the DC public schools. Can’t have that.


11 posted on 08/23/2011 7:34:40 PM PDT by EDINVA ( Jimmy McMillan '12: because RENT'S TOO DAMN HIGH)
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Exactly. I believe her name is Rhee and she was making progress and ticking off teachers and their union. The election was super racist and it didn’t take long for them to get rid of Rhee.


12 posted on 08/23/2011 7:40:46 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

I question the posting this under news. This is just the same ‘ol same ‘ol for The District. (Willimas and Fenty were aberrations)


13 posted on 08/23/2011 7:48:30 PM PDT by black_diamond
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Oh, I think Rhee was gone before Gray was sworn in! Interestingly, they kept the white female (blonde, even) DC Chief of Police. So in that sense, it wasn’t really so much racist vs. Rhee. It was more like anti-success. They just used race to get the votes for Gray. (I hate to say this, but similar to how Huckabee beat Romney in IA in ‘08 .. that “s/he’s not one of us” thing. Don’t want those kids ‘acting white’ (or Asian) and maybe succeeding in school. You may recall the head of the DC teachers union was found guilty of HUGE embezzlement. It’s such a great place. As long as you don’t look too closely, or beyond the Mall.


14 posted on 08/23/2011 7:53:45 PM PDT by EDINVA ( Jimmy McMillan '12: because RENT'S TOO DAMN HIGH)
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