Gray's attorney: Don't rush to judgment

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Photo - D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray (Examiner file photo)
D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray (Examiner file photo)
Local,DC,Liz Farmer

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray's attorney says his client is being untreated fairly by the media and those "with their own political agendas" after damning poll numbers on the mayor were released Wednesday night.

"They are not focusing on the very good things he is doing for our city -- the improvements he has made in city services, the local economy and the welfare of the less fortunate in our community," Robert Bennett said in a statement released Thursday morning.

"There is a rush to judgment based on speculation and a presumption of guilt," Bennett continued. "He has not been charged with anything, much less convicted."

He added that he has advised Gray to not comment on speculation regarding the federal investigation into the mayor's 2010 campaign. Federal prosecutors, who have so far obtained three guilty pleas from those who worked on the campaign, recently unveiled a secret campaign that ran alongside Gray's official election campaign but was unreported as required by campaign finance law.

A poll released by the Washington Post showed that 54 percent of registered voters -- and 48 percent of black voters --- think Gray should exit the mayor's office in the aftermath of disclosures that he benefited from an illegal shadow campaign in 2010. Gray's approval rating stands at 29 percent, the survey said, though 34 percent of residents have a favorable view of the mayor. The Post commissioned the poll.

lfarmer@washingtonexaminer.com

Statement of Robert S. Bennett
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