D.C. vs. Va. – A battle over the Redskins?

In a photo from August 2011, Washington Redskins safety LaRon Landry is seen greeting the fans at the Redskins training facility in Ashburn. Va. D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray may be making Loudoun County nervous with talk about luring the Redskins to Washington for training. (AP)
Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell couldn't resist making a jab at D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray at a recent event, where Md. Gov. Martin O'Malley wore his Baltimore Ravens jacket in pride. (WTOP/Mark Segraves)

WASHINGTON – Mayor Vincent Gray has made no bones about wanting the Washington Redskins to be more closely attached to D.C.

And now a politician in Loudoun County is reacting.

County Supervisor Shawn Williams wrote a letter to Redskins owner Dan Snyder last week thanking him for continuing to keep the Redskins practice facility in Ashburn.

Williams also re-opened the possibility of building a Redskins hall of fame in Loudoun. The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors had previously rejected a similar proposal because of concerns about the use of taxpayer money on the project.

Gray, speaking on WTOP’s “Ask the Mayor” program in November, said “we have had discussions with people who are associated with the team.”

He said they would like to have the Redskins’ training facility in D.C.

At an event last week, Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell couldn’t resist taking a jab about the Redskins practicing in Virginia, when he said to Gray, “I didn’t wear my Virginia Redskins jacket.”

McDonnell was remarking on Md. Gov. Martin O’Malley wearing a Baltimore Ravens jacket in support of that team’s making the playoffs. (See the photo to the right)

WTOP’s John Aaron and Mark Segraves contributed to this report. Follow WTOP on Twitter.

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