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Poll Shows Gray's Numbers Slipping Amidst Scandal

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D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray has watched his polling numbers with the voting public slip amidst a federal investigation into his 2010 campaign.
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D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray has watched his polling numbers with the voting public slip amidst a federal investigation into his 2010 campaign.

The campaign scandal surrounding Mayor Gray's 2010 campaign is taking its toll. A new Washington Post poll finds more than half of District residents say Mayor Gray should resign.

With public support for the mayor cratering, Gray's lawyer Bob Bennett released a statement saying the mayor is being unfairly treated by a few in the media and those with a political agenda, likely referring to the three council members that called on Gray to step down last week.

Bennet adds that there has been a rush to judgement and that Gray hasn't been charged with anything, much less convicted.

At a press event later in the day, Gray told reporters the scandal is overshadowing some of his administration's good works, and he rattled off a number of recent accomplishments, including the taxicab modernization bill and sustainability efforts.

He admits the latest Post poll shows the investigation is not only affecting how people view his 2010 campaign, but his administration as well. "This is perception," says Gray. "A lot of their opinions, I think, have been colored by this investigation and this campaign issue. That's not unusual. I think that happens to a lot of people."

Gray, meanwhile, is still not talking about the federal investigation into the $650,000 shadow campaign that was waged on his behalf and purposely concealed from campaign finance officials.

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