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An apology is owed

I extend my sincere congratulations to Ward 4 Council member Muriel Bowser on her victory in the April 1st District of Columbia Democratic primary. I know her parents are deeply proud of their daughter's accomplishments. I also congratulate all winners in yesterday's elections.

However, one day after losing his bid for re-election in the District Democratic primary, not only can Mayor Vincent C. Gray hold his head up high and be proud of the dedicated and exemplary service he has given to the people of the District, he can feel vindicated by the United States Supreme Court.

In a ruling issued today in McCutcheon et al. v. Federal Election Commission, the U.S. Supreme Court held individual limits on campaign contributions are unconstitutional.

In politics timing is said to be everything and it is clear Mr. Ronald C. Machen, U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, had this in mind when he entered into a rushed plea deal with Mr. Jeffrey Thompson days before the District Democratic primary elections.

In a much covered and reported press conference, Mr. Machen accused and convicted Mayor Gray outside the courtroom, in collaboration with Ms. Jo-Ann Armao, District editorial writer for The Washington Post.

The collaboration of Ms. Armao and Mr. Machen in their public attacks of Mayor Gray to influence a District election was reckless, dishonest, and despicable.

One can only imagine the hurt Mayor Gray must feel though never charged, tried and convicted in the court, yet attacked by Ms. Armao and Mr. Machen for conduct the U.S. Supreme Court in a ruling which could be view as undercutting the foundation of their nearly four-year character assassination of Mayor Gray.

There is a great deal shame which Ms. Armao and Mr. Machen should feel in their relentless unfair treatment of Mayor Gray in the name of public service.

It bears repeating and should not be forgotten, despite all the news media noise Mr. Machen never indicted Mayor Gray for any crime.

In their zealotry to promote “ethics” Ms. Armao and Mr. Machen ignored their own “public service duties” and the due process and constitutional rights of Mayor Gray. There is no honor in their treatment of Mayor Gray.

As an avid defender of constitutional press freedoms, Ms. Armao ignored the constitutional principle that everyone is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, not in The Washington Post.

Ms. Armao and Mr. Machen riding on unjustified clouds of moral supremacy sought to take from a good man the dignity of his life service to others to score political points.

While Ms. Armao, as a writer did not take an oath to be fair, Mr. Machen, as an officer of the court and a government servant - did. History will judge their conduct and one day a Higher Power will hold them accountable.

The Washington Post (as well as some others in the news media and general public), Ms. Katharine Weymouth, publisher, Mr. Fred Hiatt, editorial page editor, Ms. Armao and Mr. Machen owe an apology to Mayor Gray and to the people of the District of Columbia.

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