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Andrea Pringle, the deputy chief of staff to D.C. mayor Vincent Gray, pictured, reportedly handed in a letter of resignation on Wednesday.
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Andrea Pringle, the deputy chief of staff to D.C. mayor Vincent Gray, pictured, reportedly handed in a letter of resignation on Wednesday.

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray's new deputy chief of staff Andrea Pringle has handed in a letter of resignation just 10 days after her appointment. Pringle had been hired to help the mayor retool his communications shop in the wake of this year’s hiring scandals, but in recent days, the deputy became engulfed in controversy.

 

Pringle has been the subject of controversy for voting in the District primary election, despite the fact that she lives in Bethesda, Md.  Then new questions were raised about whether Pringle’s consulting business was properly licensed with the city.

 

She resigned so as not to be a "distraction," according to her letter of resignation. "I have always placed the interest of  the greater good above my personal desires and wishes," the letter states. "At this point I feel the greater good will be served by me stepping aside."

In a statement, Gray says he appreciates Pringle "taking responsibility for her actions." He adds: "We must do everything we can to restore public trust in our government."

Pringle's voting irregularities were uncovered by activist Dorothy Brizill of the watchdog group DCWatch last week. In an email newsletter sent to readers Aug. 31, Brizill contends that "while [Pringle] lived in Bethesda, she voted in the September primary election in the District, according to the records of the Board of Elections."

Earlier this week, Pringle had said she voted in Washington because she had not yet severed ties to the city, or established residency in Montgomery County. She later apologized for what she describes as an error.

 

Letter of Resignation - Andrea D. Pringle

 

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