Three Mistakes That May Cost Adrian Fenty His Job The mayor didn't have to lose Tuesday's election.

He’s Toast: Campaign operatives for the mayor aren’t quite ready to point fingers as to where things went wrong.
Photo by Darrow Montgomery

Maybe one day, several years from now, Adrian Fenty will look back at this election, chuckle to himself, and print up a T-shirt that says “I spent $5 million on my re-election bid, and all I got was this lousy T-shirt.”

Because when the polls close Sept. 14, barring some unforeseen event that reverses Vincent Gray’s huge lead in opinion polls (including Washington City Paper’s—page 20), Fenty won’t have much else to show for all the money, energy, and time that went into his campaign.

There will soon be great hand-wringing and op/ed-ifiying about what a Fenty loss means in terms of education reform, young black politicians, and the District’s path toward gentrification. But the bottom line is this: Fenty could have—should have—won this one. He just had way too much faith in his own political skills, and ran a lousy race.

For now, Green Team-ers aren’t willing to go on the record with discontent, anger, or finger-pointing over missed opportunities. Expect that to change Sept. 15. But until then, here are some of the obvious ways Fenty went wrong:

Don’t fear the pollster. Fenty doesn’t trust polls. He didn’t use them in 2006, and his campaign spokesman says he hasn’t used them in this race. Instead, Fenty says he prefers to get his sense of the city’s mood directly from its residents. That’s why he says he didn’t know how deep his troubles ran until he started canvassing in earnest this spring—after Gray entered the race.

“That’s when I really started to get the feedback from people, and then, at that point, you learn it, and then you talk about it and tell people what you’re going to do,” Fenty told The Washington Post.

Team Fenty tries to spin this peculiar habit as a “man of the people” shtick that shows the mayor puts doing what’s right over doing what’s popular. But it’s unwise to choose not to glance at warning gauges that could show you heading over a cliff, especially since Fenty had plenty of money to pay for a survey or two.

“That’s like being a fireman and not trusting water,” says Chuck Thies, a political consultant who supports Gray. “You ignore polls at your own peril.”

If Fenty did pay attention to polls, he would have seen plenty of signs of trouble. As early as August 2009, surveys illustrated the paradox that’s been the overarching theme this year: voters are pleased with the city’s progress, but unhappy with their mayor.

When the most recent Post poll came out Aug. 29 showing Gray with a 17-point lead among likely voters, Fenty’s wife, Michelle Cross Fenty, made a rare public appearance to defend her husband’s personality. She said she was “shocked” by the poll, and that it confirmed their worst fears. The real shock? That Fenty wasn’t shocked by a poll until two weeks before the election.

If you’re going to say you’re sorry, say it early, say it often, and say it like you mean it. Things started off great for Fenty. He raised more than $2 million in three months, over half of it in a single seven-figure week in December 2008.

A spiffy video—complete with soundtrack and fancy editing—of one of those events, Fenty’s 38th birthday party at developer Chris Donatelli’s house, sits on YouTube now as an artifact, its cocky self-assurance about the outcome of the race laughable in retrospect.

“I am so excited about the next four years, I’m so excited to keep the type of reforms going that we’ve done in the government and in education, and I’m so excited that we are still on this great path to quickly move us to being the world class city that all of us know that we can be,” Fenty told supporters then.

Hizzoner officially kicked off his campaign in April with a defiant, unapologetic tone that tried to spin his style problems into positives. “We did it because it was the right thing to do,” was Fenty’s mantra, whenever he was challenged on the way he went about things.

What’s now clear is that Fenty’s initial approach didn’t work. Why? He was a) telling people what they already knew—the city is improving, but your mayor is a jerk, and b) underplaying how strongly people felt he was a jerk.

Fenty finally wised up and started trying to apologize to people in August, but the contrition tour has seemed insincere and desperate. Several people inside and outside the campaign think Fenty’s apology tour is too little, too late, and he should have started apologizing before Gray even entered the race—which might have kept him out.

Rely on pros, not your shady buddies who’ve done really well since you’ve come to power. Fenty stormed the castle in 2006 with a band of bright and loyal young Turks who ran an inspired, populist campaign. Former campaign staffers still have stars in their eyes when reminiscing about their remarkable run.

“I really felt like that morning that we could fix everything if we worked hard enough and smart enough,” says former aide William Singer of the morning after Fenty won the primary.

But the 2006 band broke up a long time ago. Still left? John Falcicchio, who has done a fantastic job raising money for Fenty, and Sinclair Skinner, one of Fenty’s best friends—who is under investigation for allegedly ripping off taxpayers with his pal in power.

Skinner’s exact role in the campaign isn’t clear. He’s not listed on financial disclosure forms as a paid consultant, but several sources say he’s played a leading role in directing Fenty’s field operation. Campaign spokesman Sean Madigan says Skinner is a “volunteer.”

Then there’s the guy who’s somehow made himself Fenty’s unofficial spokesman: Ron Moten, an ex-con and co-founder of Peaceoholics, the group that’s received millions in public funds under the Fenty administration with little oversight.

Fenty seems to have ceded the campaign’s efforts to reach out to black voters to Moten, who organized go-go concerts, released pro-Fenty songs and a music video, and published a magazine that attacks Gray and offers 13 reasons why African Americans should support Fenty. At times, Fenty just sits in the background—literally. When Moten called a news conference to accuse Gray of trying to get go-go musician and Fenty supporter Anwan “Big G” Glover yanked from his WKYS-FM radio show, Hizzoner showed up midway through, standing off to the side staring at the back of Moten’s head until reporters asked him to speak.

Madigan says Moten is a volunteer, but the Post has called him a chief strategist. “How do you let that happen?” asked a Gray staffer of Moten’s outsized role in the campaign.

Why Fenty chose to keep political liabilities like Moten and Skinner so close may be a mystery, but it shows the absence of a seasoned pro in his campaign. Hizzoner’s one-time political guru Tom Lindenfeld—who helped elect Anthony Williams, Fenty, and some guy named Barack Obama in 2008—has been virtually invisible.

Madigan tries to spin Fenty’s refusal to hire “a bunch of hired guns” to run his campaign as a virtue. “He feels very invested in his campaign, and it’s a very personal operation for him,” he says.

But when Fenty makes the case for his re-election, he says he’s a good manager specifically because he hires good people (ahem, Michelle Rhee) and lets them do their job. Which is a decent point. If he’d followed the same strategy in his campaign, LL might not be writing pre-election post-mortems.

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Our Readers Say

How accurate can polls be when most people under 40 don't have a land line?
The WaPo poll took that into consideration... don't know about the others.

Putting arrogance and personality aside, one can conclude that Fenty had EVERYTHING going for him and this should not have been a close election.

How did he lose voters? I cannot speak about the majority of the city, but for me, it was the personal impacts I felt by his interfering and vetoing decisions made by his staff - professionals in their fields. He interfered because he felt like making arbitrary decisions, without basis in fact or history was the better way to go.

He also lost me, again, not be personality, but by management. His administration has played fast and loose with taxpayer monies. When you look at where the money went, you could say "yes, we got results", but what results and at what costs? This has not been a clean, efficient administration. He knows it, his staff knows it, and the voters know it.
This is the Most ridiculous article ive read today, which happens to be why no one read the WashCity to much these days. Fenty has recieved nothing but negative play from reporters and editorials while picking up the actual papers endorsement. This shows that the media, you, are just trying to make a story. When Fenty Wins youll be able to write about the miracle in DC and keep your ratings Up. Grays camp has admitted that the Green Team is winning early voting, and they will probably continue this on the 14th. He's a Jerk, He's not perfect, but hes our's.
I like what @DC Guy said this is to everyone about personal impact. You can’t cosign to the idea that the city is going well if you are not part of that well being.
The area has the lowest unemployment numbers of all time but DC has way over double digits. If you pass the school you think things have improved, if you walk in it you are skeptical and if you rely on DC public schools you are not a believer.
Fenty knows how to paint the fence and manage by press release but kicking the tires on anything he has managed will not end well.
This is not even a black versus white scenario. African Americans in this city are aware that DC is becoming less black. What they care about is feeling they no longer have a seat at the table in the outcome of the city as result of that.

Fenty was foolish. He expected that the city was changing so he would cater to the change. But ANY politician worth his/her salt seeing a community of people who has more than 5% of a community would have made relevant outreaches. I cannot agree with you that because the city looks clean, that it operates better. People, organizations and whole former believers are done with the F administration because they felt a personal negative impact.
If you are a jerk! Fake it!
Most mayors would have hired a team to keep the mayor’s presence. I have yet to meet anyone in politics who did not have an exceptionally large ego….and a few temper tantrums to match. But they know a few sweet words from some in power, a follow up phone call from staff---smooths things along in the community. Fenty is not the first person to be fired by the people for constituency service---McKinney in Georgia, Wynn in PG County—all were considered successful legislatively and a disaster with constituents.
This truly where Fenty f—ed up. If you are a jerk—hire people who will make you look good.
But constituents service for Fenty was where he flooded new to the city, new to politics people who could not tell you where Georgia avenue was if they started from Ben’s Chili bowl. The rumor around the Wilson building is if you were friends with a certain political girlfriend—you could have arrived yesterday from Des Moines Iowa fresh from undergrad and you would be the new director of such and such in charge of the mayor’s voice for whatever issue in put you in charge of. That is unheard of.
This is the staff who has to go to the opening of an envelope on behalf of the mayor, send letters with his signature and whisper in his ear at events “that is Lisa Simpson and she …”
He didn’t have that. He had no community presence. If organizations and people had difficulty with government they were handled roughly and told to kick rocks.

If Fenty had hired actual staff, white, black, red, yellow, purple—but they had a constituency background and were good at managing perceptions with the mayor—he would not be losing right now. I don’t even think Gray would have entered the race. But an opening was born from the lack of political acumen. Remember there is a reason DC has two roles a Chief of Staff and City administrator
RealWard4: Fenty winning? thats a laugh. gray people said that fenty may be winning early and we all know why that is. Check out at the closing of the polls on Tuesday, even with your canidate's vote buying. And that is not made up. He and others better hope they don't go to jail. I knew that he was not spending that money because besides trying to change the voting rules (letting independents in) or crying to the prez or contrite tours, he needed a last ditch effort and this is it. Vote buying. Wow. it is amazing. But I am sure with the criminal element that he has on his side, he has more diabolical plans.( hey i sound sci fi).
Cats PJ, All your response has shown is that Fenty is not a great POLITICIAN, agreed. However, what you fail to understand is he is a great MAYOR with non negotioable results. He may not kiss babies and sing feel good songs throughtout the town, but he delivers, with a record that any mayor throughout America could run on a quarter of. As, far as painting the car and not kicking the tires I seriously doubt that you had the time to enter or enjoy any of the new Rec centers or libraries, especially in your Pjs.

Dc resident, Now there you go again Gray, lets all look at the accusations, the personality, the marathon on sunday that the mayor plans to run in...lets look at anything besides Vincent (or Vince depending on the ward) Gray. Anyone with sense can tell this kid was told exactly what to do by grays camp, as kids dont just run to the nearest new reporter to tell what happend and show up at headquarters by thmeselves. That fact that the media even covers this shows their made up story about this race even being close. Think about it, if the incumbant has a healthy lead, then theirs no story, but the come from behind victory ensures weeks of cover before and after. I can see the headines on the 15th now, "The Man Who Saved DC Education...Strikes Again" with a picture of the entire old guard on a MARC train to 1991
@Ward4, And there they go again. Let's scare the white people into submission. It's the Willie Horton tactic on ritalin. Let's not go back to the when "these" people ran DC. Of course, there is nothing in Gray's record to suggest he'd take us back. But it surely makes everyone feel good just to say it. Absent any sort of evidence, they don't believe what they say. They'll just keep saying it louder and louder until it becomes accepted fact.

If the mayor is such a hands down fantastic one, then why are so many people against him. Oops, don't answer that, I'll do it for you. Well, Fentylogic argues that anyone who doesn't vote for him is anti-reform. It's the same radical logic used by Bush/Rove. You're either with us or against us. If you vote for a democrat, they you are against the troops. Same logic.

And what an interesting spin to the story. According to you, Gray planted this kid on North Capitol because they just knew a van was going to come by and offer him money in exchange for his vote.
"there is nothing in Gray's record to suggest he'd take us back", yea nothing except for,,hmmm his record itself. The man is a lifelong politician who was ten toes down in the worst era of DC governance and did nothing. He ushered lottery contracts to his buddies and and no one looked, even fixed up his Ward 7 mansion on the taxpayers dime, not even a blink, I guess you have to take on bad teachers to get that kind of attention. The funny thing is that all of the sudden the People of dc are all the sudden politicos, when they could have cared less up until someone actually helped them. DC was the laughing stock of the nation up until Fenty and would sadly make their return to being the murder capital and education nightmare of the ninties had the Mayor not cared so much. A vote for Gray is a vote for the 1993 Director of Human Reasources, remeber that guy?
Nate Silver, the modest and data-analytical wunderkind of poll-watching, fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com at NYTimes reports that polls for primaries this year have had huge margins error? Why,? Because there's not telling who will vote in primaries. Well, there's asking the respondent to tell, but there's too much error in taking the respondent seriously. So the polling model amounts to serious and attentive jurors having a model of detecting truth-telling by respondents /witnesses.

Yes, yes, in DC the primary IS the election, so it's supposed to be different here. Whatever, don't play god, foresake fortune telling, and pick up your lottery ticket to play before the polls close.

BTW: Fenty's disrespect of polls should give everyone an idea of how little he really has believed in data, bull-shit accountability-to-the-numbers just being something he, like every pol, claims fidelity to in a democracy.
realward4dc. lets stay in the present as a matter of fact what does your record look like? We are talking about Fenty 2006-2010. Get a grip.
RealWard4, you dope! Stability was brought back to DC under Mayor Williams. You forgot about that! Therefore DC was not a laughing stock. A lot of what Fenty is trying to take credit for was set in motion by Mayor Williams. If Fenty gets reelected and doesn't do a better job with the unemployment situation, DC may turn back into the murder capital. As to education turning back, the jury is still out on if it is really moving forward. Rhee is all smoke and mirrors. Actuals say that test scores have regressed and special education is still a significant issue, and the march to a privately managed public education system continues at a high cost -- more contracting to out of towners. This brings us back to major Fenty administration shortcomings in managing money and performance measurement. This is where Vince Gray would be an improvement.
I see Muriel Bowser ("REALWARD4DC") has joined the comment board. Thank you Muriel. Your opinion is HIGHLY valued, given how hard you worked to become a council member. (cough, cough!)
The REAL 3 reasons why this clown won't get re-elected...I got em covered, his allowance of the PEACEAHOLICS to "STEAL" $10 million taxpayer dollars with absolutely 0 accountability

fukked the SURPLUS of excess of $65 million all D way up!!

TOTAL DISRESPECT of city workers

ATTEMPTED to appoint non qualified individuals to the PUBLIC EMPLOYEE RELATIONS BOARD, subsequently gated by city council

his NEXT "attempt" at eliminating "due process protection" for city workers was an attempt to COMBINE the OFFICE OF EMPLOYEE APPEALS with the PUBLIC EMPLOYEE RELATIONS BOARD, ALSO gated by city council

WOW, that's 5, I guess WTH will 2 more hurt when I am excluding the other 25 unscrupulous acts of incompetence on the part of TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLE!!!!
Fenty has been a great Mayor for DC's White residents. Four more years.
I am curious about how Chancellor Rhee will interpret the election and subsequent work on school improvements if Fenty loses. If the reforms Rhee has put in place (teachers contract, administrative reforms, increased standardized testing, etc.) don't improve DC schools or if a new administration modifies Rhee's decisions, will Rhee blame future poor school performance on Fenty's poor political leadership. Fenty did not helpfully interpret Rhee's school reform efforts to the majority of DC citizens nor help Rhee respond to the majority's concerns. In effect, will Rhee say, "I did everything and more than was required to improve DC schools. Unfortunately, with mayoral control of schools, continued reform depends upon the political acumen of the mayor, which in DC's case wasn't there." I doubt that Rhee will admit to any of her own mistakes or culpability in Fenty's defeat or setbacks to school improvements.
Fenty has made some excellent moves and clearly there are some solid results. But his mistake is elevating himself to a superior being. He clearly isn't as smart as he wants us all to think he is. None of these new johnny come late politicos are. They do have some good ideas but their method of accomplishing their goals is seriously flawed. Fenty has been harsh, rude, dismissive, irrational, and he has failed to LISTEN to most of his constituents. Something that other younger elected officials are guilty of as well. Fenty thinks he knows it all. If so, where did this high degree of knowledge come from. Worldly travel, life long experiences, or a mind set? We all know it is nothing more than a mind set. He was terribly rude to me personally in a meeting more than two years ago, and said then that I would never vote for him again. I also offered the suggestion to a member of his staff that until he offered me an apology I would not consider working with him or voting for him. It has never come. I lost my respect for him due to his lack of respect for me and my thoughts. So, Fenty has failed himself. It's clear. He has let everyone in this city down and most importantly, his self. Some days it pays to just be nice. Bite your tongue, and smile through it all even if it isn't what you want to do. Disrespect will get you bad friends which in turn will tell you what they think you want to hear, not what you should be told. Honesty, gets you friends that realize that they too can be honest with you, and thus tell you what they feel. So if you lay down with dogs, you are going to get fleas. If Realward4DC is Muriel Bowser, then she should have enough respect for herself to offer her name and to stand on the principals that she too should respect people enough to put her name on her opinion because it is the honest thing to do. People that have supported her, deserve to know how she stands. She too should be cautious how she approaches her own political life after September 14th. Remember, Muriel. Al that glitters is not gold!
If Fenty allows citizens to die from a faulty 911 system. And allow criminals to manage DC 911. Than surely he doesn't care about DC citizens or what they think. Google Janice Quintana Washington,DC. Director of 911. And you see how Fenty covers her crimes. Hope you guys vote right.
@ White Woman Fenty could care less about you being white. All he see's is green, your money. He indirectly shows you that in his campaign colors. Read between the lines lady. How slow can you be. I have an account if you just want to give your money to a black person.
King Fenty is now reaping what he has sowed. Adrian Fenty closed and privatized the D.C. Department of Mental Health and this move has been a disaster. King Fenty could careless about D.C. residents suffering from a mental health disorder. By many of Adrian's recent reactions during this campaign, I am beginning to think, he needs some mental health counseling.

To the RealWard4DC: If you are Ward 4 Councilwoman Muriel Bowser, I can assure you, once King Fenty lose this race, you ass will be next on the list to go. The voters of Ward 4 need a legislator to represent them, not Mayor Fenty or special interest groups.

Native Washingtonian
Registered Ward 4 D.C. Voter Since 1975
Poor Adrian Fenty, the little bastard finally got what was coming to him. This little moolee has been running around loose for years thinking that he is the king of the land. One thing he has not learned in all the years that he's been alive is that you can fuck each and everybody in the land, but if you don't finish with a kiss, well you know. I want to thank Fenty for spending my tax dollars to do the best job that he could (even though he refused to follow the very rules and regulations that he was sworn to uphold). I want to thank Fenty for hooking up the frat brothers with some exceptional opportunities to get that cash (even though most were unqualified and would not have been able to compete without the hook-up). I want to thank Fenty because if it was not for his narrow ass, Gray would not be close to winning or would have never run. He not only provided Gray with the opportunity to be mayor but he also created opportunities for Kwame Brown, Michael Brown and a host of others who would not be running for anything, if not for the mayor's actions.
I want to than Ron Moten as he continues to fuel the fires of change. Change for those who may have supported Fenty but now support Gray, Ron is the best. I want to thank Michelle Rhee, who is even nastier than Fenty and does not try to hide it. Apparently she does not know that you can fuck people and be nice to them afterward. There is no place her royal highness in the District of Columbia and it's safe to say that her days are numbered. A special thanks to Chief Lanier, as she did a great job manipulating those crime statistics, creating the illusion that crime was getting better. Finally, I want to thank Michelle Fenty, for getting in front of the TV camera and literally crying and begging for us to vote for her husband. Her oscar caliber performance will never be forgotten. I could go on and on, however there are so many other things to do. Lastly I want to thank “Whisky” Ruben. His domestic violence history, coupled with his issues with the bottle is perfect for the Fenty administration. I could go on and on, however there are so many other things to do.
Poor Adrian Fenty, the little bastard finally got what was coming to him. This little moolee has been running around loose for years thinking that he is the king of the land. One thing he has not learned in all the years that he's been alive is that you can fuck each and everybody in the land, but if you don't finish with a kiss, well you know. I want to thank Fenty for spending my tax dollars to do the best job that he could (even though he refused to follow the very rules and regulations that he was sworn to uphold). I want to thank Fenty for hooking up the frat brothers with some exceptional opportunities to get that cash (even though most were unqualified and would not have been able to compete without the hook-up). I want to thank Fenty because if it was not for his narrow ass, Gray would not be close to winning or would have never run. He not only provided Gray with the opportunity to be mayor but he also created opportunities for Kwame Brown, Michael Brown and a host of others who would not be running for anything, if not for the mayor's actions.
I want to than Ron Moten as he continues to fuel the fires of change. Change for those who may have supported Fenty but now support Gray, Ron is the best. I want to thank Michelle Rhee, who is even nastier than Fenty and does not try to hide it. Apparently she does not know that you can fuck people and be nice to them afterward. There is no place her royal highness in the District of Columbia and it's safe to say that her days are numbered. A special thanks to Chief Lanier, as she did a great job manipulating those crime statistics, creating the illusion that crime fighting was getting better. Finally, I want to thank Michelle Fenty, for getting in front of the TV camera and literally crying and begging for us to vote for her husband. Her oscar caliber performance will never be forgotten. I could go on and on, however there are so many other things to do. Lastly I want to thank “Whisky” Ruben. His domestic violence history, coupled with his issues with the bottle is perfect for the Fenty administration. I could go on and on, however there are so many other things to do.
Fenty has contempt for participatory democracy. He would not take advice or criticism. He mercilessly axed ardent supporters in his administration when he needed scape-goats.
He deemed his ideas were so good that he could by pass the council and violate the law, in the interests of getting his agenda accomplished. He does not seem to value loyalty unless it is unquestioning.
He should admit his true calling- competitive sports, rest on his "accomplishments", and turn professional athlete, and take along his running buddies Skinner, Moten, and Nickles.

If the commentator using the screen name as RealWard4DC is in fact the D.C. Councilmember Muriel Bowser, she's not popular here in Ward 4. Most Ward 4 voters dislike Muriel Bowser and we all know, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty anointed and appointed this woman as his puppet on the Council of the District of Columbia. Once Fenty is gone as being a dictator over the District, Bowser too will be gone in 2010.

Ward 4 Resident
North Portal Estates



King Fenty vetoed the bill that would have aligned local election laws with those of federal elections. Perhaps, because of his intent to use such tactics to get votes. Unfortunately for him, because there is a federal initiative on the ballot, all candidates are subject to federal law.

What needs to happen is a sting operation to catch the campaign red handed so as to hand to the U.S. Attorney's office evidence that is prosecutable.

Fenty is at a brand new low.

Come January 2011, King Fenty will have plenty of time to ride his bike and jog on his time and not on D.C. taxpayers dime. Maybe New York City Mayor Bloomberg and NYC Rev. Floyd "FLAKE" can offer King Adrian Malik Fenty, Peter Nickles aka Grandpa Munster, Ron Moten, Valerie Santos, Ron Austin, Neil Albert, Linda Argo, Gabe Klein, and Janice Quintana employment in the Big Apple. Good riddance to them all!
Bye Bye King Adrian M. Fenty. This white D.C. resident lost respect for you by your association with the likes of Ron Moten, Sinclair Skinner, Peter Nickles, and the rest of your posse. Adrian Fenty, you could have been a great mayor, but your let the power go to your head by thinking, you were an Emperor over the residents of the District by treating them nasty as your subjects.
I think I will write a song celebrating Mayor Fenty's losing this election.

Is Mayor Adrian Fenty a true Republican on the downlow?

http://dailycaller.com/2010/09/10/could-adrian-fenty-become-the-republican-nominee-for-d-c-mayor/
The Mayor may have meant well, but he is needlessly mean. People supported him in making needed changes. But I remember he often tried to stymie efforts of Mayor Williams, for whom I worked, and when he became Mayor he supported those very projects (Mayoral control of schools, building the stadium, reducing the budgets for human services but maintaining effectiveness). And he far and away overspent in DOES. He just didn't have any empathy for the desperation he has caused for others, so it is very hard for many of us to empathize with him now in his own difficulty.
FYI

Mr. Fenty and the Banneker contract: Setting the record straight


http://voices.washingtonpost.com/local-opinions/2010/09/mr_fenty_and_the_banneker_cont.html
Fenty's quote to the Post at the beginning of this article is sure telling. It is absolutely not about polls. I know people and have been hearing for years about Fenty and his administration refusing to communicate and respond to dc residents. The discontent is new to him? Nope. He's a liar who knew exactly what and how he was doing things. He didn't care and thought he could get away with it. I will never support this man again. I am hoping he will soon be gone and I want investigations to follow. I am supporting Gray, but hope he's preparing himself for a tough road. Rhee has all but said she's out of here (what dedication)and the fabulous growth and improvements that have improved the city will be severely halted because the city's finances are a mess. DC's financial rating is shaky and we are gonna feel it the next few years. There has been minimum attention given to this at all......I'll be waiting for the Post and others to turn this into a Gray failure in the future.
Does City Paper read its own stories before printing this tripe? This dude is going to get thumped because he's a fucking crook and a shameless liar. He is running against a squeaky clean guy who never ripped off 88 year old clients, and instead turned down opportunities to get rich to run community based human service organizations. Gray is the anti-Fenty.

Fenty didn't run a lousy campaign. He's a lousy guy. Period. You folks at City Paper don't seem to get this. You report on his various crimes and then you tell us to vote for him. You speculate that he's going to lose because he ran a bad campaign, and you know him to be a serial liar and the worst kind of kleptocrat. But somehow you think that Gray---perhaps, hell probably because black folks like him---is just a reinvented version of Marion Barry.

You guys are pathetic. Your articles are funny and edgy. But at the end of the day, you're no different than the white boys over at the Washington Times.
it's pretty much a done deal now. short of the earth turning backward, Fenty is toast. clearly we've moved beyond the "close race" option. we're now at the point of how do we control the political hemorrhaging before laying Fenty to rest ?

...shhh, what's that sound ???? look over there ! it's a fat lady singing !!!
Fenty's endorsement: a desperate full-court shot by the White City Paper to stay solvent in the coming decade.
"Does City Paper read its own stories before printing this tripe?" --TripLBee

lolol... that was a rhetorical question, right? Great commentary, TLB!

WCP is emulating "The Onion" in its political writing these days.

Frankly, I'm not that surprised about the endorsement. Should the patron saint of elections come to Fenty's aid at the 11th hour, overcome the seemingly insurmountable odds against him and gift him with a win, I wouldn't want to be all-in for Gray if I were WCP.
@REALWARD4

Lottery contract? You mean the one in which the guy (son of a woman he worked with at DHS) won the lottery contract? Yeah I've read up on that and not sure of your point. Are you suggesting that Vincent Gray gave the "hook up" to one of his buddies? Oh wait, you actually already said that. I'm not sure if merely knowing someone who has a DC contract makes you criminal. Adrian Fenty has hired longtime (remember this word) family friend as his personal, i mean city attorney general. Speaking of hooking some things up. And yes, Gray is 67 years old and has had a political life spanning the same duration of his 39-year opponent.

Oh and I simply LOVE this one, "fixed up his Ward 7 Mansion on the taxpayers dime." Yes, his 2800 square foot mansion. So I guess you didn't see the reports (from the washington times) showing that Gray payed for his own improvements. To help you with your argument, what people have criticized is the fact that Gray is a "longtime" friend of the WCS's owner, who has city contracts in Gray's Ward and performed renovations to his home.

And this gem, "DC was the laughing stock of the nation up until Fenty and would sadly make their return to being the murder capital and education nightmare of the ninties had the Mayor not cared so much." Are you one of the newbies or those who thinks the neighborhood is going to hell when the one of the 4 local Starbucks closes? I moved to DC during Williams tenure and that guy, who was also accused of not having a personal touch, moved this city, especially Ward 8. Fenty didn't start this and it's so silly that so many otherwise intelligent people, fail to use even basic logic before sucklking themselves to particular position.

A vote for Gray is a vote for someone who has actually ran an organization(s), something Fenty never did until he became Mayor. The fact that the only part of Gray's record that receives attention is his time at DHS 18 or so years ago, proves that you really don't have a substantive argument against his experience. If so, you would be able to show more signs of incompetence considering your attacks on his age.
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It seems the only reason Fenty may lose the election is that he pissed off a lot of folks when cleared out all the dead wood in the educational system. The fired underperforming teachers and administrators are voters, and so are their friends and families. Sinecure can be a tricky issue.
All of you complainers... why don't you try to participate in the DC government - instead of spending your days spreading negative comments on a Mayor that has brought this city in to the 21st century.. and made so many improvements (all of which the negative Fenty armchair quarterbacks couldn't do in 100 years) that DC is now a respected city.

Please we have been the joke of the country (marion Barry).
and that is what we will go back to.

We will have Marion Barry, and the Gray Frat brothers (developers), unions and his friends in churches running the city.
@deb: that's the problem, ppl want to participate but are brushed off by the jerk
Hey DEB, sorry to burst your bubble, it was not Marion barry who made this city a joke, but the FEDS who meddled, restrained, governed, micro managed and "pimped" DC and still continue to do so by benefitting from "stupidity" such as yours!!!

The FEDS have strangle held DC thru TAXATION W/O REPRESENTATION/PLANTATION POLITICS from the beginning and scapegoated M B to the tune of pisspoor govt. services, under funded and substandard SCHOOLS, gentrification and tic for tack appropriation!!

DEB i would think that a VOTER who has had to be forcefed this type of political pandering over the past 50 years has EARNED the right to complain....MORON!



If Fenty was such a great mayor and a bad politician, perhaps he should get a job as a city manager. They usually do not have to be elected.

I'm sorry but the DC residents crying and whining about Fenty need to get a life. Politics is about getting votes. You could be the smartest and most experienced person in the room but if you can't convince people to vote for you, you're toast. If you don't believe me ask Arlen Specter, Lisa Murkowski and John Kerry.
Hey City Paper, how's that Fenty endorsement thingy working out for ya?
Done in by his own arrogance.
And to Deb and others who think DC will go back to the Barry era, you clearly haven't been paying attention. Even the Council couldn't take any more and clipped Barry's wings. You are merely spitting out sour grapes.
wow, wonder how these Gray supporters feel now....
@amanda, still feeling better about Fenty being gone. He was a horrible mayor that road the coattails if Mayor Williams. Too bad Gray hasn't stepped far away enough from Fenty's decisions.

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