Gray Confidant Green Had Prior Run-in ith Issa

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(Washington Post) — Wondering why Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is taking such a close lookat failed mayoral candidate Sulaimon Brown’s allegations against Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D)?  Here’s a thought: It might be because Issa knows one of the characters in this saga fairly well — Lorraine Green, who chaired Gray’s campaign and transition committees and also works as Amtrak’s top HR executive. Brown has accused Green of orchestrating a deal to trade a city job and cash payments for campaign-trail attacks on Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D).  When Issa was ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, he and Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) investigated the 2009 forced retirement of Amtrak’s inspector general, Fred E. Weiderhold Jr. After Weiderhold was ousted by Amtrak’s board — in violation of federal law, the Republicans found — he was replaced on an interim basis with none other than Green.

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