D.C. Loses Its Tolerance for Scandal-Plagued Mayors

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 16: District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray briefs members of the media at a DC government building not far away from the Washington Navy Yard on September 16, 2013 in Washington, DC. At least 12 people were killed in a morning shooting rampage at the Navy Yard, according to published reports. The gunman was killed as well, according to the reports. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
Photo: Patrick McDermott/2013 Getty Images

The residents of D.C. have proven they can look past an FBI drug bust, but apparently they draw the line at illegal campaign fundraising. Mayor Vincent Gray has denied that he had anything to do with the 2010 scheme that led to five of his top aides going to prison, but he still lost Tuesday night’s Democratic primary to D.C. Councilmember Muriel Bowser. She’ll face David Catania, an independent D.C. council member, in November. Bowser’s chances seem pretty good, since Democrats have won every election since D.C. began voting for its mayors 40 years ago. 

D.C. Loses Tolerance for Scandal-Plagued Mayors