This photo is from my first interview with Vincent Gray, then Washington's mayor-elect, in September 2010. I got a thumbs down review in the Washingtonian, from Shane Harris, and I didn't need to read it in print to know my questions fell short. Its tough to hide ignorance. I've lived in Washington most of my adult life, and covered the District Building for three years, and the first mayoral election, but still find the minutiae of DC politics to be complicated to the point of confounding. I'm no Tom Sherwood. I was tougher on the Salahis, and Marion Barry, than I was on Vincent Gray.
That said, Mayor Gray and I did another interview, more a conversation, when he was in office, and it went well -- though no review from Shane, alas -- and we'll have another chance to talk on Wednesday, February 24, when he'll make his 3rd appearance at The Q&A Cafe, now a politician out of office and on the verge of rebooting his career. Maybe. He was an enigma when we talked in 2010, maybe he's less so now. Be there. Tell me yourself!
The George Town Club, 1530 Wisconsin Avenue, at Volta, seating begins at 11:45, interview at approximately 12:15. The fee is $35 and includes lunch. For reservations, please call 202-333-9330, or email GTC Reservations.