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Gray Defends The Head Of His Transition Team

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Hours after Mayor-elect Gray announced Reuben Charles would handle the day-to-day operations of the transition, reports surfaced that Charles owes more than a $250,000 in unpaid sales and use taxes.

Gray says he believes the lien is not a personal debt, but one tied to a firm in Illinois that defaulted on it's obligations.

Speaking on WAMU this morning, Gray says he doesn't believe Charles' tax woes will be a distraction.

"We'll be looking more closely at this, but I don't have any reservations at all that the fact that the work will go forward," Gray says.

The tax lien was first reported by the Washington City Paper.

Charles is a relative newcomer to the District--he moved to D.C. several years ago after working as a venture capitalist in St. Louis. He worked as a fundraiser for Gray during the primary campaign.

NBC4 video on Gray's appointment of his transition team:

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