July 12th, 2012
07:53 PM ET

Washington D.C. mayor just might be one of the nation's worst

Could the worst mayor in America live right in the heart of the nation's capital?

That's what some people are charging in Washington D.C., where Mayor Vincent Gray's administration is under fire for a variety of self-inflicted scandals. Mayor Gray was elected in 2010 over a young rising star in the Democratic Party with promises of "character, integrity, and leadership."

Here's what those words have brought the city:

  • Just this week, Gray's friend pleaded guilty to helping conceal $650,000 in campaign funds for a shadow campaign to support Gray's election.
  • Half of the D.C. City Council has been under investigation at some point by either city or federal officials
  • Two council members have already been pressured into resigning, and two more have served prison time.

Other council members are calling on Gray to resign. Should Washington have seen this coming? John Avlon has more.

Filed under: Corruption • Politics
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Dan

    DC has been relentlessly pushing for statehood. They are not making a good case for it with the caliber of the politicians that they currently elect. The most exclusive club (the US Senate) is not going to open up their memebership to the likes of DC politicians...

    July 16, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Reply
  2. dan

    of course the DC mayor is corrupt – its DC!

    July 16, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Reply
  3. Charles Gannon

    I care why ?

    July 16, 2012 at 10:11 am | Reply
  4. HenryMiller

    Not to mention the complete contempt the DC government has for both the Second Amendment and the Supreme Court. The only reaction of DC government to the Heller decision was to try to find a way to evade the intent of it.

    July 15, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Reply
  5. asdf

    Its stupid and should be but cities that are majority black tend to have the worst governance and be some of the worst cities in American by any measure (Newark, Oakland, Richmond VA, etc).

    July 13, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Reply
    • asdf

      shouldn't be that is

      July 13, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Reply
    • wayne-o

      you left out my hometown Detroit MI.

      I think the incompetence and criminal activity committed by our elected officials trumps DC.

      July 14, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Reply
  6. charles

    Now you see why democrats push for more government.

    July 13, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Reply
  7. Satalink

    DC has a history of electing the nations worst mayors into office.

    Remember Marion Barry?

    July 13, 2012 at 11:37 am | Reply
    • Balls McGhee

      Mayor Adrian Fenty was the best mayor the city could ask for. he was a real democrat who demanded we work both the strenght of the private and public sector to create a progressive city. apparently you make too much progress and the locals get upset. then they do this...Fenty needs to run again because the city already misses him and his great work.

      July 14, 2012 at 12:42 am | Reply
  8. Rebecca

    "Should Washington have seen this coming?"
    Two words:
    Marion Barry

    July 13, 2012 at 11:12 am | Reply

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