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September 14th, 2010
01:47 PM ET

WASHINGTON, DC: Gray: Creating jobs top priority

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11:45 a.m. – District of Columbia mayoral candidate Vincent Gray tells CNN creating jobs in struggling African American neighborhoods is his top priority if he wins.

Gray says what he describes as Mayor Adrian Fenty's "apology tour" seems more a tactic than genuine contrition.

Also, should he win Tuesday's Democratic primary, Gray, the current city council chairman, promises a quick sit down with Schools Chancellor and Fenty ally Michelle Rhee to see if they can agree on her staying on.

Still, Gray stresses school reform is "not about one person." Gray didn't say so, but sources close to him tell CNN top Gray allies already working on Rhee outreach plan with hopes of getting her to stay on should Gray win.

CNN interviewed Gray and Fenty separately as they visited polling stations in the District of Columbia Tuesday morning.

soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. David Hoffman

    Social Media now a powerful grassroots tool for voters against incumbents who made promises in the past. But will the failure to deliver on promises like jobs, better education and health care be the fuel that SOCIAL MEDIA ACTIVISM uses to send politicians packing. A closer look at the DC Mayoral race could be the sign of the times to come......

    September 14, 2010 at 4:43 pm |
  2. john doe


    September 14, 2010 at 7:03 pm |