Future mayor Vince Gray discusses budget squeeze, key personnel, voting rights and more

October 25, 2010 - 02:08 PM
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DC Council Chairman Vince Gray says it’s still too early to talk about whether high-profile members of the Fenty cabinet will be invited to stay on when he becomes mayor. But he did say that Michelle Rhee’s resignation gives interim Chancellor Kaya Henderson the chance to show what she can do.

Here’s what he said on NewsTalk this morning:

Gray said he was surprised about Fire-Rescue Chief Dennis Rubin’s sudden decision to step down, news that leaked out late last week. He would not disclose whether Police Chief Cathy Lanier will remain, though he said he’s aware of her recent statement that she’d like to remain. Nor is he ready to announce his City Administrator or Chief of Staff, though he spoke with enthusiasm about Reuben Charles, a man who’s reported to be a potential choice for COS.

Gray said would have liked Mayor Fenty to do more to distance himself from the write-in campaign that’s been launched by supporters.


He also said he intends to make public the names of donors to his transition effort, a comment that provoked an immediate response from civic watchdog Dorothy Brizill, who wants the campaign to make public his calendar of events before they occur.

NewsTalk re-airs today at 4pm, 6pm and 8:30pm.

The segments that do not re-air are posted below. In these clips, Mr. Gray talks about voting rights, the attorney general referendum, Tommy Thomas and more.

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