As the cars inched along 12th St. NE towards the intersection of 12th and Monroe, they were greeted by the boisterous clapping and cheering on of Mr. Gray by his supporters, often encouraging drivers to honk their support...seems harmless enough, right? Well when you combine this with the fact that at the corner of 12th and Monroe is St. Anthony's Church, the waters muddy a bit. Not because there is something inherently uber-sacred about the street corner a Catholic Church sits on, or because Catholic's are better than others. No, it's when you add into the fact that in this Church at the same time Vince Gray has his supporters out yelling, whistling and getting honks, a funeral was about to start. Yes a funeral! Now how could one know a funeral was about to start? Simple, the hearse was being unloaded with the priest and family members helping to move the coffin into St. Anthony's. Some may say "Well, Mr. Gray does not control where his supporters choose to hold rallies," and they may be right. Except for the fact that Mr. Gray himself was walking up and down in front of the church, between lanes of traffic no less, trying to rally support by talking to motorists.
So let's get this straight Mr. Gray, your plan to win over members of this community are as follows:
- Increase traffic congestion for your own gain.
- Walk in the middle of Traffic during rush hour.
- Attempt to stop motorists on a congested street and talk to them.
- Allow your campaign supporters to carry on across the street from a Church while a family attempts to mourn.
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