District Crisis: Reactions by mayoral candidates

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- On Monday, businessman Jeffrey Thompson, the man behind the shadow campaign in the 2010 DC Mayoral Election, pleaded guilty to two conspiracy charges.

Thompson also added the current D.C. Mayor, Vincent Gray knew about the off-the-books "shadow campaign" during his 2010 bid for mayor. Gray has denied knowing about any funds given to what is known as the "Shadow Campaign" of 2010. Gray says there is no truth to Jeffrey Thompson's allegations about taking more than $566,000.

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Candidates running for D.C. Mayor sent out statements on their reaction to this news.

Democrat Andy Shallal, said "It is time for the mayor to come clean with DC voters and stop hiding behind legal ploys to protect his selfish hopes of being re-elected. Give us the whole truth, not more political spin. Spare D.C. residents more embarrassment."

Council member Jack Evans said in a statement, "Today is a sad day in the District. The allegations against the Mayor are extremely serious; however, it is critical that this matter not cast a cloud over our city and the progress we have made. If the allegations are true, and if the Mayor is charged, I believe he should do what's in the best interest of the city."


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