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Former Gray Campaign Chair Testifies In Final Hiring Hearing

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Lorraine Green, the close confidant to Gray and former chair of his campaign, testified before the D.C. Council Friday in the fourth and final hearing on the questionable hiring practices of the Gray administration.

Green says she had a number of conversations with Brown when he was a candidate and, like several other witnesses, described him as a persistent and at times delusional. Green says that became evident when Brown, in Green's words, "loudly" told her that he wanted to be Gray's deputy mayor of finance, with a salary of $185,000.

That position doesn't exist, however, and Green says she cut off all communication with Brown and played no role in his hiring.

But Green faced several hours of tough questions from Council members David Catania and Mary Cheh. Catania questioned how Green, given her influence, role in the campaign and close ties to others, could have no role and or no knowledge of either the hiring of Brown or hiring of the children of other close friends and staffers.

Green was later asked by Catania about her personal relationship with Howard Brooks, the other person Brown claims paid him cash. He asked and whether Brooks ever talked about the cash payment allegations. But Green's lawyer stepped in and said it would impact the ongoing investigation by the U.S. Attorney's Office.

And that effectively concluded the hearings into the administration's hiring practices. After dozens of hours, more than 10 witnesses, a couple of no-shows, and the big question -- is Brown telling the truth? -– is essentially unanswered.

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