Gray, Nickles Spar Over Settlement | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Filed Under:

Gray, Nickles Spar Over Settlement

Play associated audio

By Patrick Madden

The controversy surrounding a firm with close ties to Mayor Adrian Fenty and its contract to help build city parks and rec centers is becoming a campaign issue. Mayoral hopeful and D.C. Council Chair Vincent Gray says the city's attorney general should be fired after helping broker a settlement between the city and the firm under investigation.

Gray says the $550,000 settlement between the city and Banneker Ventures, a firm owned by a Fenty friend and fraternity brother and currently under investigation by a special investigator, "betrayed the public's trust."

"And rather than reach a settlement agreement which potentially undermines the investigation, he certainly should've waited, and that's not the only thing, he's injected himself politically into these campaigns by certainly making comments about me," says Gray.

He also says Nickles, the city's top lawyer, has become the mayor's "political hatchet man" and an enabler of "cronyism."

The attorney general, meanwhile, says it's Gray who's playing politics.

Nickles dismisses the allegations. He says the mayor had no knowledge of the settlement and he calls the chairman's statements "trumped up charges in the middle of the campaign."

"And when I get attacked by unfounded statements, I'm not going to sit here and let 45 years of professional experience sit in silence and take that kind of baloney," says Nickles.

Later today, five council members, not including Gray, will meet to discuss the settlement.

NPR

Look, Mom, I Finally Made It To Broadway!

NPR's Michel Martin will sit down with a panel of award-winning playwrights to ask about diversity in theater. Follow here or join us on Twitter on Friday at 7 p.m. ET, using #NPRMichel.
NPR

Sweet: Dunkin' Donuts and Krispy Kreme Pump Up Pledge On Palm Oil

Two major doughnut chains have bowed to consumer pressure to better police their palm oil purchases. Environmentalists say it's a win for consumers, trees and animals.
WAMU 88.5

Virginia Legislators Kill Medicaid Expansion Effort

The Republican majority killed a compromise effort on a 64 to 33 vote. That means no action will be taken to expand Virginia's Medicaid program.
NPR

Look, Mom, I Finally Made It To Broadway!

NPR's Michel Martin will sit down with a panel of award-winning playwrights to ask about diversity in theater. Follow here or join us on Twitter on Friday at 7 p.m. ET, using #NPRMichel.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.