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Mayor Gray to pitch statehood at GOP convention

Tuesday - 3/6/2012, 11:28am  ET

WASHINGTON - The District of Columbia's Democratic mayor plans to take his campaign for statehood to the Republican Party's national convention in Tampa.

The Washington Post ( http://wapo.st/xf702E) reports that Mayor Vincent Gray told the District's Democratic caucus over the weekend that he has been encouraged by recent comments from Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and House Majority leader Eric Cantor on easing oversight over the District's budget.

Gray says he plans to make his pitch at the conventions of both major parties this summer.

In January, Gray and several council members flew to New Hampshire to testify before a state legislative committee considering the statehood resolution. But lawmakers there rejected the proposal, citing concerns about whether it was constitutional.

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Information from: The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com


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