The New Cronies Adrian Fenty, some frat buddies, and $86 million in city spending.

Grecian Formula: Fenty + frat pal Skinner + city contracts = embarrassing headlines.
Darrow Montgomery

He calls him “God.”

He says things like this: “I spoke to God, and God wanted me to have this.” Or “God wants us to live well.” Or “God’s going to make it rain.”

Those sound like the words of a priest. But this man is not a priest; he is a developer named Omar Karim.

He does not speak in churches; he talks about “God” in VIP rooms and cigar lounges and in private meetings with investors.

And “God” is not God; “God” is Mayor Adrian M. Fenty.

Has “God” been good to Omar Karim? Someone, somewhere, has been good to Karim.

His firm, Banneker Ventures, has been cut in on one of the biggest redevelopment deals in the city—the sprawling project to turn the old Temple Courts and Sursum Corda housing projects into a gleaming mixed-use, mixed-income development called Northwest One. Banneker has also won lucrative contracts to serve as co-construction managers for a pair of city projects: a rebuild of Walker-Jones Elementary School and a new Deanwood Recreation Center—projects that have helped send $1.8 million to Karim’s company since July 2008.

And now comes the revelation that Banneker has won the right to manage tens of millions of dollars in parks construction contracts—contracts that had been sent to the D.C. Housing Authority (DCHA) in a governmental sleight of hand engineered in such a way as to elude D.C. Council oversight or at the very least, short-circuit city procurement practices.

Banneker Ventures, over the past two years, has been the subject of much whispering in political and development circles. That’s thanks, in no small part, to its ties to three of the most controversial characters in Fenty’s political sphere.

First comes the 36-year-old Banneker co-founder Karim, a law school classmate and Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity brother of Fenty’s. The other co-founder is Warren C. Williams Jr., the businessman whose involvement in a bid to operate the D.C. Lottery led to a political showdown at the D.C. Council. Williams has since split with Karim, forming his own development enterprise, the Warrenton Group.

And then there’s Sinclair Skinner, the controversial street activist turned consultant and fixer who has maintained his place in the Fenty inner sanctum. He has done work for Banneker in the past, though the nature of his ongoing relationship with the firm is unclear. But his utility to Fenty is ongoing; Skinner was spotted last week campaigning in Hillcrest with Hizzoner.

Banneker’s emissaries know where to find top officials in the city development apparatus—especially development director David Jannarone and former deputy mayor and now City Administrator Neil O. Albert. They’ve been planted in the city entourage at the yearly Las Vegas retail convention; they’re fixtures at the regular happy hours that the deputy mayor’s office throws at swank locales; Jannarone and Skinner famously traveled together to the Dominican Republic, gifting city emergency equipment in the process.

Whether Banneker could compete for city contracts on its own bona fides is a matter of debate. It’s a small, young firm without the sort of track record this city’s premier developers—the Jim Abdos and Chris Donatellis and Doug Jemals—can point to. Not by a long shot. Yet the company has found sustenance away from the teat of D.C. municipal contracting. It competed for, and won, the right to develop a highly sought Metro-owned parcel. Banneker is currently trying to come to terms with financiers to start construction on what’s tentatively called Jazz @ Florida Avenue.

And Karim’s expertise is apparently such that he appeared earlier this year on a panel of judges tasked with choosing who would redevelop the former Stevens Elementary School. Multiple developers expressed concern to LL that Karim, as a potential competitor in future projects, would have had access in his judging role to their proprietary financial figures.

If there are any holes in the Banneker CV, perhaps the deal with DCHA will close them. The company—jointly bidding with Regan Associates, a well-regarded Herndon management and development firm—won the right from DCHA to manage the parks projects, beating out 12 others. By LL’s deadline on Tuesday evening, much was still unknown about the contract. The D.C. Council was circulating a contract list of unknown origin showing that the deal involved 12 projects to renovate parks or recreation centers totaling $82 million and that the individual projects had been let to several construction firms, all of which had donated early and heavily to Fenty’s re-election campaign. DCHA would confirm only that Banneker had won the single contract to manage all of the projects, saying the remainder of the contracting had not been approved.

After months of CFSA and DPR and AG, DCHA is a refreshing acronym to find in the headlines. Here’s an agency that has escaped public attention for most of the nine years since it left receivership, and that’s part of its appeal as a channel for hassle-free contracting. The parks deal was done through the D.C. Housing Enterprises, a nonprofit wholly owned by DCHA that manages projects for other government agencies. “It’s a win-win,” says DCHA spokesperson Dena Michaelson, referring to a process in which her agency uses its managerial muscle and other agencies get their projects done faster.

And there’s been a lot more winning of late. From 2006 to 2008, DCHA transfers never broke $30 million. But since January, more than $57 million has been sent to the quasi-governmental entity, accountable to its own mayorally appointed board. That doesn’t include the bulk of the parks money. (Not all of the money, however, is apportioned to construction projects.)

Funneling contracts through DCHA aligns with Fenty’s git-’er-done governing ideology. Besides a new school, nothing makes an impression on constituents (and voters) like a sparkling new park or rec center. In an attempt to become the Domino’s of new-parks delivery service, Fenty last November tried to hand DPR projects over to the independent schools facilities shop administered by Allen Y. Lew. The power move ran into opposition from council parks committee chair Harry Thomas Jr., who pushed through a bill preventing any transfer of DPR projects outside the agency—and thus evading his oversight.

Timing, as they say, is everything. The Banneker contract, Thomas says, was approved in late September, as DCHA's longtime executive director, Michael Kelly, already had one foot out of the door toward his new job as New York City’s public housing chief. It also may shed some light on the reason for the sudden termination this spring of Clark Ray as parks-and-rec chief. Says Ray, “I can tell you without a doubt, we went by the book on every contract we had over $1 million.”

In February, Ray signed a memorandum sending $57 million in parks money over to the deputy mayor for planning and economic development, which in turn handed it to DCHA. Under his successor, Ximena Hartsock, that amount was increased to $68.4 million and then, last month, to $86.9 million.

Bypassing the council appears to be the driving force behind all the maneuvering. From all indications, the funds moved to DCHA not through a “reprogramming,” which comes with legislative oversight, but through “intradistrict transfers” to the deputy mayor and grants to DCHA, which do not. The parks contract was bid among 13 companies, then vetted by housing agency board members, but not sent to the council for approval.

Fenty denies trying to circumvent the council in getting his rec centers and parks built. And now that the issue has blown up in his face, he has continued down that path. On Monday, Attorney General Peter Nickles ruled that the Banneker contract, already awarded, doesn’t need to be sent back to the council, even though it should have been sent there in the first place. The Nickles opinion seems likely to force the court showdown that councilmembers have long been threatening.

That the Fenty administration, intentionally or not, came so close to slipping $86 million in spending past the D.C. Council is scary enough. The scheme was revealed this week after council staff noticed a spate of public groundbreakings without seeing any submitted contracts, coupled with the concerns registered by an aggrieved contractor with another council office.

Says Thomas, “The mayor’s PR machine got him in trouble.”

On Tuesday morning, LL attended another PR event—an announcement of the imminent construction of one of the first pieces of the Northwest One development. There, Fenty announced the many benefits to come, introducing megadeveloper Chris Smith of the William C. Smith & Co. Present, but not taking the podium was Williams, whose Warrenton Group is codeveloping the 300-unit building (located, incidentally, next to DCHA headquarters).

After the announcement, LL asked Hizzoner how to describe the city-contract beneficiaries that have been painted in the media with the broad brush of “frat brother” (as opposed to his “running buddies,” who tend to get appointed to relatively minor boards and commissions.)

How to describe Karim, Skinner, et al.—friends, frat brothers, acquaintances, some other moniker?

“All of the above,” said Fenty. He declined to elaborate.

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Fenty is nothing but a scumy crook..why isnt the FBI or congress investigating??
Alas, it doesn’t take much imagination to conjure up this scenario:

AG Nickles: “As the city’s lawyer, these contracts were improper. Even an independent agency must get Council approval for contracts in excess of $1 million.”
Fenty: “Hey, Consigliere, whaddaya doin’ to me? These are my friends getting these contracts. We had a deal. Don’tcha get it?”
Nickles: “Ahem… on further reflection, I find that, although the process may have been less than perfect, the contracts are valid and enforceable. The people involved didn’t know they were breaking the law. The contracts must be honored.”

Disgraceful.

And as for the suggestion that the vendors should not be penalized because they didn’t know the contracts were illegal? Don’t bet on it. These are Mayor Skippy’s buddies, remember? I’d be very surprised if there hadn’t been plenty of conversations about how to rig these contracts and slip them under the Council’s radar.
[Today's Update on this Sorry Situation: AG Nickles, by way of supposed apology to Councilmember Cheh - for his outburst at her questioning the ethics and legality of the Fenty Administration's shenanigans in this situation - presents her with some flowers. (Read the DC Wire in the WaPo for further details. It's really rather amusing, in a politically horrific way.)]

So Mr. Nickles's "apology" for a sexist and demeaning outburst was to give the "stupid" and "angry woman" flowers? That strikes me as pretty sexist and demeaning in itself. (I can't help but wonder whether any sincere apology accompanied the gift, or if Nickles was secretly smirking to himself.)

(Unfortunately, Ms. Cheh's response that she "likes chocolate" - while no doubt intended to be lighthearted and to defuse some of the tension - doesn't help her cause in this situation; it just plays into the sexist stereotype. I bet she wishes she could have that moment back.)

If Mr. Nickles truly wishes to atone for his inappropriate behavior, the right thing to do - to show proper respect for Ms. Cheh as a member of the elected legislature (and for her fellow Councilmembers as well) - would be to cooperate with Council inquiries and investigations, as opposed to ignoring and stonewalling them.

And, in general, to represent all of the government and citizens of the District, not just the Mayor. For an attorney of his reputation and experience and supposed expertise, he seems to have an awful lot of trouble grasping the difference between his previous position (Chief Counsel to the Mayor) and his present one.
And, last but not least:

In related news, the DC Government has announced a vacancy in the post of General Counsel for the Derpartment of Parks and Recreation. Is it any wonder that there might be a problem finding a qualified (read: ethically scrupulous) attorney for this position?

But how silly of me: Considering that the chosen candidate will report directly to Fenty functionary Hartsock and consigliere Nickles, one can just imagine the *real* job qualifications.
Everyone in the movie "In Too Deep" called LL Cool J's characer God. He finally went to prison for all of his acts. Just when things don't seem to be able to become more unbelievable you can count on Fenty to not fail to surprise. He basically gives everyone the middle finger every day. And he knows no one will do anything about it.
Come on, what do you all expect from this guy. Fenty robbed a family out of a trust that he was in charge of, during his early years fresh out of law school. When his ass was about to be disbarred, his trusty consig, Nickles, swooped in to save the day. He couldn't cut it as an attorney, so he thought he would go where the easy money is, Politics. Fits right in. So what do all expect from a guy who was willing to cheat a dead person's family out of a few thousand bucks? Now that he has access to the City's coffers, what's a few hundred million dollars ...
Actually, the Jazz project is another example of teat-suckling. Banneker got the project by bidding above market value for the land and then, lo and behold, DC govt came through for him with both a TIF ($7 million) and a stimulus subsidy (unspecified in the WBJ coverage). And that's all before ground has been broken. So, yeah, you can be a big spender when it's OPM you're spending.
Adrian Bent-me.....Can you please explain???
And it's time to start naming names re the DCHA Board of Commissioners -- the Council should call Bill Slover, LaRuby May, Anthony Wash, and Valerie Santos (all of whose appointments they confirmed in the past 6 months) to account for their role in these contracts.
This is what I found on Fenty's pass dealings. Nothing stuck, but pretty shady indeed.
http://www.thehilltoponline.com/campus/d-c-councilman-adrian-fenty-under-investigation-1.473421
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/09/02/AR2005090200017.html
has details about the case/sanction.
Not impressed with this story at all, LL.

Dig a little deeper and you'll find that one of the top DCHA officials is named Vincent Carlos Gray... the son of Council Chair Vince Gray. What was his role in these contracts? If he thought some funny business was going on why wouldn't he alert his father before all of these contracts were awarded?

Very strange... I say get rid of the crooked Councilmembers (Gray, Cheh, Thomas, Barry, and the Browns).
To "Dig Deeper"....

You should indeed "DIG DEEPER..."

Do your own homework before you start making ridiculous accusations.

Because in fact, if you did, then you would have discovered that Vincent Carlos Gray (who is not a member of the DCHA Executive Staff) works in a completely different Department at DCHA than the Department (DC Housing Enterprises) which has been identified in this situation.

"Corrupt" you say - As if he and Chairman Gray conspired to help Adrian Fenty and his cronies. That is absurd! You are a true genius sherlock! Ivy League's finest I'm sure.

Do your homework and think before you speak please.
I hope Fenty comes to hell with me!
This is a good piece of reporting. Councilmember Thomas is absolutely right - it was the PR machine, and undoubtedly the Fenty campaign "machine," whom are forcing these announcement to try to make their boss look good in th face of a faltering image and stagnant campaign. Sure, people love parks, but they generally dislike graft, cronyism, and greed. Even in DC. That's where the Mayor's political calculations go awry. And why the heck are we seeing Clark Ray's name pop up here again? Now transferring millions of dollars out of DPR? Not good.
Suddenly, DPR has a new page on its website about how parks are a crucial component of development. And now DCHE has a website of its own (ok, so it's almost content-free at this point, but there are tabs for projects and RFPs).
Within a week a retroactive kind of transparency will have been achieved. At which point which communities and CMs are going to turn down their rec centers?

What's been missing from this story has been numbers -- e.g. net worth of the individuals/value of the businesses pre- and post-Fenty; cost per SF of the crony contracts compared, say, to similar MoCo projects. Taxpayers won't get sufficiently riled unless/until they have a sense of how much they're being ripped off.
Any info on the delegation that went to talk to Fenty?
Let me guess who volunteered to be on the delegation: Jackie Boy Evans, Muri Bowser, Grahamazoid, and if I was a betting man, Alexander. Gray can't stand his childish, arrogant ass. Kwame might want in for publicity sake. M. Brown would be interested for the same reasons, but Gray would have the upper hand.

This City is screwed. Cheh seems to be the only one with some balls these days but then again, she's just an "angry woman".
Good job, LL! Folks are correct. You need to keep digging.

The real" brains" behind this is Neil Albert (Fenty doesn't have the smarts to figure out a scam like this), who was running a non-profit along with Victor Reinoso when Fenty tapped him as DMPED (an oxymoron if there ever was one).

This is the same Neil Albert who couldn't run DPR back in the day and who turned out to own an investment condo (just like Jannerone in the Tenley deal) across the street from West End Library property he was attempting to give away to one of his developer cronies.

As SoCali writes below, you need to check out the Washington DC Econ. Partnership... this is all on the taxpayer dime folks!!!

http://www.wdcep.com/

From a comment on the WaPo site about the "New Jack Fenty" operation in DC:
SoCali wrote:
This is all part and parcel of a process that began when Neil Albert and Fenty turned the function of the Office of Planning and Economic Development completely over to the quasi - government, Doug Jemal controlled astroturf organization, the Washington DC Economic Partnership.
Now that Albert is City Administrator they are just expanding their model. Albert has been planning all this for years. Follow the money!

Boy, Vince Gray has certainly proved to be a doofus as Council Chair. He just bloviates on while missing everything on the upswing. 50 milion stolen outright, "oh, gee, golly, Gandhi is doing such a good job", ... "Taxi Cash" "AIDS grift" Graham's shake down operation caught redhanded, "oh, gee, golly, lets see what happens, oh, gee, golly 'Taxi Cash' suggested he step down as Chair of the Committee overseeeing the taxi industry so I took the bold leadership initiative to let him",!

Linda Cropp please phone home!
10/27/2009 12:35:45 PM
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Will anyone ever investigate the Keith Lomax angle? His company has been recieving millions of dollars for no-bid contracts. Remember him, Fenty's driver?????
... "meet the new boss, same as the old boss" -- "Won't Get Fooled Again by The Who.

2. http://web.archive.org/web/20050430232141/http://nw-ar.com/face/molotch.html

3. http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1316/is_n4_v26/ai_15151999/

4.http://books.google.com/books?id=Bju8SS6mMjgC&dq=Corrupt+Cities%22+A+Practical+Guide+to+Cure+and+Prevention&printsec=frontcover&source=bn&hl=en&ei=LUxwSpekCobiNe7kqdoI&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=4#v=onepage&q=&f=false

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in short, it's the system of politics and local development. People keep procedures, systems, and processes loose so they can continue to be corrupt, but with loose laws and regulations, what would in one jurisdiction be illegal, isn't in DC.

And yes, this is another example of why the AG position should be elected rather than appointed by the mayor, so that the AG can better balance his/her responsibilities to the people as well as to the Executive Branch.
The Mayor is a good guy that's turning the city around and working very hard to bring businesses back to the city. He needs the power to make deals that would help the city recover. Some people always look for a crime we a person come along and to a good job. Enjoy your new city and the Mayor that's making it all happen. You could be on the West Cost broke, with gangs killing everybody, but you're not. Stop treating the Mayor so bad and let him get this work done.
Nando, you're fucking retarded. What City are you living in? Gangs are figthing all over this City. I'm sacred to be in most parts of it. Our school system is failing. Corruption is rampant and blatant on all levels and departments in our local government. And this is just the stuff Fenty's responsible for.

Second, the things that you claim here about a revitalized City isn't his doing. All of the development that occurred didn't happen because of him but happened in spite of him. Mayor Williams got all of this rolling. Now Fenty's frat buddies are milking the City and idiots like you support him because he gives off the impression that he's working hard? Running marathons, cutting ribbons, kissing babies, doesn't mean he's actually doing the work of a mayor.
Nando, I have yet to see an Adrian Fenty D.C. improvement that wasn't an Anthony Williams improvement first.

You need to latch onto reality and hold on tight. Otherwise, you will get caught up into a perpetual whirlwind of dumbdowndedness and be forever lost.
When I read that there were contracts let in excess of $80 million dollars I was grief-stricken because I immediately thought of all of the areas that might have gone unchecked that could have assisted unemployed DC residents. I speak of Order 83-265, D.C. Law 5-93, and D.C. Law 14-24, which states that employers receiving these funds comply with the following:

1) The employer will use the DC Department of Employment Services as its “first source” for the recruitment, referral and placement of employees.
2) A First Source Employment Agreement and the Employment Plan are a part of the contractual documents with the District of Columbia Government, this Employment Plan will indicate the number of new jobs projected, salary range, hiring dates, and union requirements.
3) The employer will be required to hire 51% District residents for all new jobs created.
4) The employer shall register an Apprenticeship Program with the D.C. Apprenticeship Council for construction or renovation contracts or subcontracts totaling $500,000 or more.
5) Willful breach of the First Source Employment Agreement by the employer, or failure to submit the Contract Compliance Report, or deliberate submission of falsified data, may be enforced by the Contracting Officer through imposition of penalties, including monetary fines of 5% of the total amount of the direct and indirect labor costs of the contract.

I would like to ask councilmembers if they can get these questions answered for me and my fellow District residents who now find themselves unemployed and uninformed about opportunities such as those outlined in these contracts.

If there are opportunities for employment through these multi-million dollar contracts, then District residents should be allowed access to these opportunities through a transparency in government reporting.

It is sad to say but many of the residents of the District of Columbia feel that DC has become the Employment Services Agent for Maryland and Virginia residents who don’t seem to find the same barriers to employment within this city as the residents of the District of Columbia. What a sad state of affairs, when MD and VA residents can joke about not knowing or caring to know anything about the DC City Council, judicial branch, etc., and only being concerned about their salary check hitting their bank accounts regularly, when DC residents are struggling to keep food on the table and a roof over their families heads.

I am hopeful that the Council will be able to find out if opportunities for employment were granted District residents as mandated by the law and if these contractors followed the law to the letter and if not will there be monetary fines incurred as stipulated in the law.
Nando..its obvious you have a hard on for the Fenty.... Maybe you can become his personal fluffer and he'll steer some contracts your way! Hey maybe you could become the official fluffer for his re-election campaign next year???????
Fenty has always suffered from a "God Complex"!!! Have you ever noticed that he can't look you in the eyes whenever he deigns to speak to you.

I agree with a previous commentor, Fenty should definitely be investigated by Congress and the F.B.I. immediately. He is NOT above the Law despite what he thinks.
We were all warned but no one wanted to listen:

http://www.dumpskinner.com
Nando, please stop smoking "CRACK". You are riding Fenty's dick pretty hard. Are you Sinclair Skinner on the low writing this?

Fenty is corrupt and his ass should go go jail. Where is his wife Michelle? She has been invisible duing his term as mayor.

There's rumor's going around in Ward 4, Fenty is alleged to have beat his wife and Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier covered it up when she was the Fourth District's Commander. If King Fenty is involved in domestic violence and his wife has remained silent. Fenty should go to jail for domestic abuse and his wife should see a Psychiatrist.
Of course someone got paid off regarding the stephens school deal. The neighborhood supported Peebles, Jack Evans supported Peebles, the selection committee supported Peebles, and Peebles has a net worth of $350 million, and guess what? The city picked the last place team that NO ONE wanted...
Not only is Fenty corrupt. He is very ugly and he look's like a turtle. I thought Kappa men were suppose to be cute and light skin? Fenty is light skin, but he's not cute. LOL
Fenty is a bottom and most Kappa men are bottoms.
Not understanding why a picture of Skinner is used and not Omar Karim
I have to agree that Adrian Fenty is indeed UGLY, his wife does get her ASS Beat, and his Frat Brothers are all Corrupt, and Michelle Rhee is not qualified to run the public schools. Please keep up your good work LL.
Carlos Gray, the son of Vincent Gray is the constrction manager at DC Housing Authority dealing with these contracts. Vincent Gray says he doesnt know anything about these transactions...doesnt he share dessert with his son once a week? Bullshit he doesn't know!

Council is a corrupted animal. Thomas has failed overseeing DPR, he is a corrupted idiot, full of anger against Fenty and Gray is a coward trying to save every card to his election sprint. Fenty a 1000 times before Thomas or Gray.
at the ROsedale grounbreaking Harry THomas did a long speech thanking David Janaronne from DMPED and DC Housing Authority. He was all buddy buddy with Carlos Gray and other DC Housing folks. Harry Thomas was hitting on one of my friends, he said "You dont know who I am?". He looked like a loser to me.
So what if he hooks up an acquaintance/friend/frat brother/lover/whatever with contracts ... keep improving DC Mayor Fenty!!! Why would he want to go through the council to get things approved when a racist/criminal/dellusional/idiot like Marion Barry can stand in the way. Fenty = Progress (although not perfect). Council = Prostitutes/Gangs/Guns/Drugs Forever. Go Fenty!
You bashers are ridiculous!

Let me count and resond to the ridiculous accusations that you levy.

1) Fenty gives away business to frat brothers. BS! BS! If you actually ask one, they will tell you that he has a horrible record of helping freinds get business. Many contributers are pissed with him because he won't intervene and help. Skinner ran for city council. He was an activist. He knows how to get around on his own. He doesn't need Fenty to step in for him. Just like many Williams people got around on their own. If Skinner didn't, the council wouldn't hate him so much.

You do realize that they have sworn to shut down anything Skinner does. Is that the job of the legislature? To demonize a private citizen? To say, he can't do any work here. Why? I will tell you. Because that is what phoney ass politicians do.

They sell boogie men. "Skinner is going to rape your babies. Don't vote for Adrian."


2)He beats his wife. Ok. That just shows that you have no objectivity when you resort to tabloid tactics. Maybe he does have marraige problems. Maybe he does have personal short-comings. Neither you nir I know. Not can we research it. So, let's assume you are right.

I guess we should just let our kids continue to progress towards functional illiteracy because he got into a tussle with his wife.

3) He sells out to rich white people. Oh, really? Then why are you complaining so hard about his Fraternity brothers getting work.

Kappa Alpha Psi is a majority black fraternity. It is the city council that crys foul when Blacks get contracts. You did hear the song and dance Kwame Brown tried to perform. "Fenty doesn't care about Black people. He hates them so much that he wants to build 90 million dollars worth of parks for their kids to play in. And he wants to give all the program management work to Blacks. He is tearing down the educational system that has created generations of under-educated, under-prepared, and professionally disfunctional students, many of which are filling up our finest prisons. How dare he!"
Can you spell: POVERTY PIMPS. That is Gray, Thomas, Brown, and definately Barry. If Blacks get educated...they lose their constituency.

3) He is ugly. Ok. And...

4) He wants to by-pass the council. Ok. Listen to that idiot Thomas who now wants to review every contract over $75K. I am sure that will help governement run smoothly. "I was insulted that the Mayor wanted to avoid talking to me throughout our 5 months to order a new swing set,"

I would too Tommy!
You bashers are ridiculous!

Let me count and respond to the ridiculous accusations that you levy.

1) Fenty gives away business to frat brothers. BS! BS! If you actually ask one, they will tell you that he has a horrible record of helping freinds get business. Many contributers are pissed with him because he won't intervene and help. Skinner ran for city council. He was an activist. He knows how to get around on his own. He doesn't need Fenty to step in for him. Just like many Williams people got around on their own. If Skinner didn't, the council wouldn't hate him so much.

You do realize that they have sworn to shut down anything Skinner does. Is that the job of the legislature? To demonize a private citizen? To say, he can't do any work here. Why? I will tell you. Because that is what phoney ass politicians do.

They sell boogie men. "Skinner is going to rape your babies. Don't vote for Adrian."


2)He beats his wife. Ok. That just shows that you have no objectivity when you resort to tabloid tactics. Maybe he does have marraige problems. Maybe he does have personal short-comings. Neither you nor I know. Nor can we research it. So, let's assume you are right.

I guess we should just let our kids continue to progress towards functional illiteracy and the parks should continue to be drug markets because he got into a tussle with his wife.

3) He sells out to rich white people. Oh, really? Then why are you complaining so hard about his Fraternity brothers getting work.

Kappa Alpha Psi is a majority black fraternity. It is the city council that crys foul when Blacks get contracts. You did hear the song and dance Kwame Brown tried to perform. "Fenty doesn't care about Black people. He hates them so much that he wants to build 90 million dollars worth of parks for their kids to play in. And he wants to give all the program management work to Blacks. He is tearing down the educational system that has created generations of under-educated, under-prepared, and professionally disfunctional students, many of which are filling up our finest prisons. How dare he!"
Can you spell: POVERTY PIMPS. That is Gray, Thomas, Brown, and definately Barry. If Blacks get educated...they lose their constituency.

3) He is ugly. Ok. And...

4) He wants to by-pass the council. Ok. Listen to that idiot Thomas who now wants to review every contract over $75K. I am sure that will help governement run smoothly. "I was insulted that the Mayor wanted to avoid talking to me throughout our 5 month procurement process to buy ten swingsets."

I would too Tommy!
I see we have a Fenty ass kisser. LOL Oops, it's really Fenty writing these BS to defend his dictatorship style of government. Go to hell King Fenty! As Valencia Mohommad stated on News Talk 8 on yesterday, your half white ass will not get re-elected? The black D.C. voters has lost respect for you King Fenty. Let the white gay liberals in D.C. continue to kiss your ass and vote for you. You see in the eyes of liberal whites in D.C., King Fenty can do no wrong. In the end, Fenty will kick their asses to the curb.
Here it is officially 364-days away from the election of the new mayor and the contenders and potential contenders are??? Potentially all black candidates that will need the embrace of some whites to make a successful bid....now who do they suck up too!!!

As to the poster who said King Fenty...I hardly think NOT... If anyone views the title of mayor as royalty...then I would think it would be Kwame Brown. He has twist the rhetoric of keeping the eyes on the prize as inferring the prize being the kingdom.

I know that Fenty is a proud member of one of the black fraternities/sororities...are there any others on the council who are black in the "Divine 9"... I know that phrase has just blew some of the white readers out of their seats.

Please don't shut-down the google web-site trying to look up "Divine 9."
Harry Thomas is the most disgusting dude in the F-world. The guys doesn't brush his crooked teeth even when he grandstands during hearings. He is a major joke!

I am sick of these morons, if they think they are winning people over by fighting Fenty with these damn tactics they are wrong. I take Fenty's arrogant any day of the week instead having to deal with these losers.
Thomas gotta go. Reviewing everything over $75,000...? if he stops Rosedale construction is going to be hell for him!
First Wednesday, Kwame Brown is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi, Inc.; Michael Brown is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi, Inc.; Marion Barry is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha, Inc.; and Harry Thomas is a member of Omega Psi Phi, Inc.

All are member of Negro Greek fraternities.
Cronyism is nothing new

The question is: Are the contracts rewarded legitimately AND are those awarded the contracts capable of fulfilling them? Can they perform the job?

No such thing as a clean Pol; Politricks is a dirty business and we all know it.

I'm no longer of a fan of AD now that I've seen his petty side on some issues but I'm not so naive as to think that if Gray gets elected, he'll somehow be any different than any other Mayor. He'll put his cronies in place same as AD, same as Marion, same as Sharon, etc. and the ball keeps rolling...
Any whore who can perform well in bed for sinclair skinner is now guaranteed a top job in DC.

Any Island Authorities eg Dominican Rep. who provide sandy beaches, booze plus girls is guaranteed a fire truck and ambulance to boot, thank you very much.

Oh, let Bannaker be the General Contractor, and SinclairSkinner, the sub. How Nice?
Hey guys, Its 2010..mayor fenty - the elected and popular candidate is winning polls double-digit.. The majority DC residents(not MD, VA spooks) across racial, economical sides love him.
DEAL WITH IT!! A few loud and noisy haters wont change...reminds me of 08 elections..palin had her followers too...lol. QUIT HATING, WORK HARD and DO SOMETHING

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