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  • Presumptive mayor-elect Vince Gray rallys fellow Democrats during a 'get out the vote' campaign event at the First Trinity Lutheran Church Oct. 14, 2010, in Washington, D.C.

  • Newly elected Mayor Gray delivers the winning speech of the election in front of his supporters at Love Nightclub on Nov. 2, 2010.

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    Mayor Gray and Debra Lee speak during the 4th annual BET Honors at the Warner Theatre on January 15, 2011.

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    Gray with members of the Urban Land Institute, celebrating the group's 75th anniversary on Dec. 14, 2011.

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    Breaking ground at Cardozo Senior High School, Nov. 11, 2011.

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    Gray with former Office of Aging Director Veronica E. Pace at the opening of the new Office of Aging Headquarters on Oct. 27, 2011.

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    The mayor bagging groceries at Safeway during a breast cancer fundraiser on Oct. 25, 2011.

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    Mayor Gray at DCOA's Senior Citizen Holiday Celebration on December 8, 2011.

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    Celebrating Nordic Food Day with students at Miner Elementary School, Oct. 26, 2011.

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    Gray marching at the D.C. Full Freedom Rally on Oct. 15, 2011.

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    Gray meeting with Mohammad Iqbal Aziz, governor of Laghman Province in Afghanistan, on Nov. 2, 2011.

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    Gray at a pizza party honoring local youth football players on Dec. 13, 2011.

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    The mayor addresses an audience at the Cadillac display at the 2011 Washington Auto Show Jan. 27, 2011 at the Washington Convention Center.

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    Gray with Planters mascot Mr. Peanut at The Corps Network 'Plant' New Urban Park on July 12, 2011.

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    District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray takes questions as he testifies in support of a House resolution expressing support for admitting the District of Columbia as the 51st state., Jan. 27, 2012, in Concord, N.H.

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    Gray chats with President Obama following his annual back-to-school address at Benjamin Banneker Academic High School Sept. 28, 2011.

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    Mayor Gray and Metropolitan Police Department Chief Cathy Lanier during a news conference on April 10, 2012, to announce initiatives to combat the growing robbery rate targeting smartphones and other cell phones.

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    Gray arrives at the opening gala of the historic Howard Theater in Washington, D.C. on April 12, 2012.

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    The mayor showcasing the city's newly-purchased snowplows on Dec. 14, 2011, with D.C. Councilmember Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3).

WASHINGTON -- Three members of the District of Columbia Council on Wednesday called on Mayor Vincent Gray to resign, a day after a public relations consultant pleaded guilty to illegally steering more than $650,000 to benefit Gray's 2010 campaign.

In an interview with WRC-TV/NBC4, David Catania (I-At-Large) said Gray should step aside:

"Whether Vince knew or not, the legitimacy of the election was called into question by all this illegal money," Catania told NBC4's Tom Sherwood.

"Gray should not be the beneficiary of that illegality," Catania said. "He needs to think about the best interest of the city."

Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3), in an interview with WTTG-TV/Fox 5, joined Catania's call for the mayor to resign.

Later, Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4), who is seen as a possible future mayoral candidate, also called on Gray to step aside.

During a press conference on Wednesday, Gray said he had no intentions of resigning.

According to Washington City Paper, Catania said that it doesn't matter if Gray, who has not been charged with a crime, didn't know about the misconduct happening during his 2010 campaign. Now that three campaign aides have pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the federal investigation into the mayoral race, Gray cannot govern effectively. "The mayor has been reduced to a joke. He is a laugh line," Catania said, according to City Paper. "He is an embarrassment."

Cheh's statement, via Washington Business Journal:

Today, I join Councilmember Catania in calling on Mayor Gray to resign. Whether or not he knew of the massive election fraud that was taking place in his name, he is responsible for it. I cannot overemphasize the sadness that accompanies this action on my part. I came to know Vincent Gray as Chairman of the Council, and during the four years that we served together, I did not know of a single person with more integrity and commitment to the people of the District of Columbia. Indeed, that is why I endorsed him when he ran for Mayor. But the facts cannot be ignored and what has happened since has caused incalculable harm to the District. I believe that he would do a great public service if he would step aside now.

A spokesman for the mayor, Pedro Ribeiro, bit back at the mayor's critics, telling WTOP-FM:

"This is the kind of irresponsible talk we've come to expect from Councilmember Catania."

And, "It's disappointing however that a constitutional scholar of Cheh's caliber would call for a resignation before investigation is complete," Ribeiro added.

This post has been updated to add details about Bowser's call for the mayor to resign and comments from the mayor's spokesman.

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