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Wednesday
Jul252012

Who’s DC’s Most-Popular Elected Official?

Bill Clark/Roll Call/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry, a man whose 30-year political career has been marred by one scandal after another, is the most-popular elected official in the capital city’s government, according to a recent poll.

Now a member of city council, Barry, 76, has been convicted of cocaine possession and served six months in federal prison. He was also found guilty of a misdemeanor for failure to pay his taxes, although marijuana-possession and stalking charges were dropped.

But his approval rating is 52 percent, higher than Mayor Vincent Gray’s and all his fellow council members, according to a Washington Post poll released this week.

Barry’s relative popularity might not be saying much, considering his competition. More than half of the district’s residents think Gray should resign as mayor amid questions about how he financed his 2010 mayoral campaign. Nearly two-thirds said in the Post’s poll that their mayor is not trustworthy.

And with two city council members resigning in light of felony charges this year, the public’s confidence in its ruling council is dismally low. The Post poll shows that 74 percent of respondents think council members Kwame Brown and Harry Thomas’ resignations are signs of broader problems in city government.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Jul122012

DC Corruption: Calls Mount for Mayor Vincent Gray to Resign

Daniel C. Britt / The Washington Post(WASHINGTON) -- From drug possession to tax fraud, city officials in Washington, D.C., are notorious for being less than law abiding.

This week that cloud of corruption descended on Mayor Vincent Gray after a woman who worked closely with his campaign pled guilty to funneling money from a wealthy D.C. businessman into Gray's 2010 mayoral campaign. While Gray has not been charged with a crime, the calls for him to resign over the campaign snafu are mounting.

Gray is running a city notorious for shady politicians. In the past four years half of D.C.'s top government officials have been under investigation by either federal authorities or the D.C. board of elections. Two have resigned, two have served prison time and two have been closely connected to staff members who pled guilty to felonies.

Gray has insisted he does not "think there's widespread corruption here."

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