Is DC Mayor Vincent Gray Telling the Truth?

Nobody knows where accusations of payments and a job promise by Gray's 2010 mayoral campaign will lead, writes Colbert I. King in his Washington Post column. 

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D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray chats with the president. (Getty)

Colbert I. King writes in his Washington Post column that it is unknown where Sulaimon Brown's accusations involving payments and a job promise by D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray's administration will lead. But one thing for certain, he writes, is that Brown is crazy like a fox.

I had never met or heard of Sulaimon Brown until Feb. 20, 2010, when he came up to me after I gave a speech to the Ward 8 Democratic Club. Brown placed campaign literature in my hand, said he was running for D.C. mayor and added that one day he would like to talk about his candidacy.

That day came six months later. Except it wasn't a one-on-one session.

Brown was a participant in the Aug. 3 Lamond-Riggs Citizens Association mayoral forum that I moderated at Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ. It was unlike any candidates forum I have ever seen  ...

During the entire hour-plus debate, Brown waged an unrelenting attack on [incumbent Mayor Adrian M.] Fenty. No matter the question or issue, Brown used every opening to turn the discussion back to Fenty, throwing verbal punches and charging him with everything except being a child of God ...

Why this visit down memory lane?

Because if Brown is telling the truth to The Post, the D.C. Council, congressional committees and federal authorities about his activities on Gray's behalf during the 2010 campaign -- namely, that he struck a deal last year with Gray's campaign to continue his attacks on Fenty in exchange for money to help finance his own campaign and for a city job if Gray won -- what we witnessed at those candidates forums was a fraud, bought and paid for by the campaign of the individual who is now mayor of the District.

Read Colbert I. King's entire column at the Washington Post.

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