Mayor Gray Critic Launches Recall Campaign

Thursday, Jun 9, 2011  |  Updated 9:13 PM EDT
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Mayor Vincent Gray talks about how distractions are influencing D.C. politics.

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A critic of D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray said he plans to initiate recall proceedings against the embattled mayor.

Frederick Butler announced his plans Thursday and launched a website, recallvincegray.com.

Butler told The Associated Press that Gray has turned his back on the low-income residents who elected him. He also said Gray “may have seized office illegally,” referring to allegations that Gray promised a job to minor mayoral candidate Sulaimon Brown in exchange for help defeating former Mayor Adrian Fenty.

Marred by scandal and engulfed in corruption, Mayor Vince Gray is currently subject to FBI and House Oversight Committee investigations into his role in an alleged violation of campaign finance law and ethics.

Brown repeated his allegations before a D.C. Council committee earlier this week. Gray's camp has repeatedly denies the accusations.

Butler, a communications specialist and campaign strategist, said he will file a notice of intent to recall the mayor on Jan. 2 -- the earliest that a recall effort can begin. For a recall to go forward, he would have to collect signatures from more than 45,000 registered voters.

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