Gray talked about the policies he implemented after being elected D.C. Council chairman in 2006, including eliminating earmarks and pushing education reform legislation through the council.
“So I ask you, who do you believe?” he asked.
At this pause, the crowd began chanting, “You!”
Once the noise died down, Gray continued: “I ask you, who do you believe, a greedy man attempting to save himself, or me, a public servant who has dedicated my entire career and my entire life to giving back to our communities in the District of Columbia?”
Gray accused some residents of writing him off as “just another corrupt politician from the other side of town,” and he asked that they “look beyond their preconceived notions” and instead focus on his track record.
He finished with a final denial of the accusations.
“I say this to all of you now, clearly and unequivocally: I didn’t break the law,” the mayor said.
Prosecutors have filed no charges against Gray in the ongoing corruption probe. The mayor told WAMU 88.5 that if he is charged he will fight accusations and will not step down.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.