Gray Meets Baghdad Politicians

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    Tom Sherwood
    Mayor Vincent Gray meets with Iraqi politicians.

    D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray on Thursday met with a delegation from Baghdad's Provincial Council at the Wilson Building.

    The council is the overall government of the Iraq capital.

    When Gray was told the 57-member Iraqi council was harder to run than D.C.'s 13-member council, he quipped, "I don't know about that. Sometimes 13 feels like 57."

    The two cities share common problems -- each has a federal government that powers over them. Both also have budget problems.

    Gray also emphasized that D.C. does not have a full vote in the national legislature while Baghdad does. He told them about his recent arrest during a protest.

    The visit was part of a trip sponsored by the U.S. State Department.