A former candidate in last year’s Washington D.C. mayoral race is claiming that winner Vincent C. Gray paid him to disparage incumbent mayor Adrian M. Fenty, who was defeated in the November election.
Sulaimon Brown said that he had a deal last summer with the campaign staff of Gray to continually attack Fenty during the race, and in exchange, was paid cash and promised a city job if Gray won. Brown claims that he was paid by Lorraine Green, one of Gray’s closest friends and campaign chairwoman, and by Howard Brooks, a campaign consultant.
The Washington Post reported on Sunday that Gray claims he only agreed to get Brown an interview, but not as a reward for attacking Fenty. At a press conference, Gray called the story “surprising, shocking and appalling” and asked the D.C. Office of the Attorney General to investigate the allegations.
“If somebody did that, then they ought to be subject to whatever justice is required,” Gray said of the allegations. “I would never condone anything like that, period, point blank.”
Brown backed up his allegations by releasing cell phone records between Brown, Gray and the two campaign workers dating back to last June. The records show dozens of calls and text messages that Brown says where conversations about the job commitment.
Brown claims that he received cash from Gray’s campaign between June 24 and Sept. 14, the date of the Democratic primary.
Brown was hired in January as a $110,000 per-year special assistant at the district’s Department of Health Care Finance to be the administrations eyes and ears there, according to his own account. He was fired two weeks ago after press accounts surfaced of a restraining order in 2007 involving allegations that he was stalking a 13-year old girl.
In related news, the department’s chief of staff, Talib Karim, resigned on Sunday saying that a protective order filed by his wife three years ago had become a distraction.
Information from The Washington Post