Gray betting on economic legacy

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Local,DC,Alan Blinder

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray said he expects his legacy will be one of economic development and not the scandals that have repeatedly rocked the Wilson Building during his 15-month tenure in the city’s top job.

“I want to be known as somebody who really broadened this economy,” Gray said in an interview with WPFW-FM.

During the lengthy conversation, Gray touted his "One City, One Hire" program and his efforts to keep the District’s unemployment rate in check.

When Gray entered the mayoral suite, that economic barometer stood at 10 percent before a summertime swoon sent it as high as 10.5 percent. Today, it’s 9.9 percent.

Gray also said that his administration continues to cooperate with federal investigators probing his 2010 campaign, but he also said the city government's scandals weren't unique to his time in office.

"These things didn’t happen on my watch," Gray said of the laundry list of corruption investigations.

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