Gray: Council Should Move on Ethics Legislation

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray said Friday that he wants D.C. Council to move ahead on his ethics reform legislation to limit campaign contributions.

His comments came on a day when the Washington Post called for one of those council members, Jim Graham, to resign following questions from the city's new Board of Ethics - leading Graham to issue a statement that would not step down.

At WAMU's "The Politics Hour," Gray said council did not need more hearings to move ahead on ethics legislation.

"I have spoken everywhere and anywhere, that people will let me talk about it," Gray said. "I think this is overdue; I think the council should move on it. There is not the necessity for another hearing to be held."

Gray declined to discuss the status of the federal probe into his 2010 campaign for mayor.

"I've turned everything over to my attorney," he said, "and asked him to deal with it."

Ward 5 council member Kenyan McDuffie told News4's Tom Sherwood that his government operations committee will hold four hearings on many ethics issues.

"I gotta tell you, Tom, this is a complicated issue," McDuffie said. "I am not making any excuses, but this is a complicated issue. We have to be sure we get this right."

In the case of Council member Graham, both the city's ethics panel and Metro's board have raised questions about Graham's handling of city and Metro contracts.

But Graham faces no legal charges.

Graham denies wrongoding and issued his own strongly worded statment Friday afternoon, which read, "I am not resigning."

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