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Gray Ready to Deliver State of District Address



    Gray Ready to Deliver State of District Address
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    Vincent Gray has had a rough few months in office, with an approval rating hovering right around 30 percent.

    He hopes to turn things around with Monday night's State of the District, his first since taking office.  The speech will be given at approximately 6:45 p.m. at Eastern Senior High School in northeast D.C.

    Gray has faced criticism for paying some administration officials higher salaries than previous mayors.

    He's also had to deal with allegations that his campaign paid money to Sulaimon Brown in return for his attacks on Adrian Fenty during the run-up to the election, and then more allegations that he rewarded him with a job after Gray won.

    Gray is also facing an investigation by the D.C. Council into his hiring practices.  And there are allegations that he engaged in nepotism and cronyism.

    Gray has hired the children of some of his aides to positions, but they have since resigned.

    The mayor's former chief of staff, Gerri Mason Hall, was set to testify before the council committee, but she was fired two weeks ago.