Photograph by Darrow Montgomery
What’s friendship compared to a D.C. Council seat? Former Mayor Vince Gray endorsed Yvette Alexander to replace him in the Ward 7 seat in 2007. In exchange, Alexander became one of his most reliable Council votes and endorsed his doomed re-election bid in 2014. Now that the federal investigation that targeted Gray is over, though, the ex-mayor wants an easy seat—and Alexander holds it. With June’s Democratic primary just months away, Alexander’s patron-turned-rival says she’s been a disappointment at city hall. Alexander, who once defended Gray over the federal investigation, now runs polls testing whether she can attack him on it.