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WaPo: Gray, Peebles Are ‘Likely’ Fenty Challengers

D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray "has told confidants that he is leaning toward running for the city's top political office," WaPo's Nikita Stewart and Paul Schwartzman are reporting this afternoon.

They write that "several sources familiar with his thinking said that a core group of his supporters has outlined a fundraising strategy for the mayor's race, discussed possible campaign messages and explored whether to hire a national consulting firm to help the 67-year-old sharpen his image. A Gray mayoral campaign, the sources said, would seek to portray [Mayor Adrian M. Fenty] as a divisive force who has lost connection with voters, a sentiment that Washingtonians have expressed in recent polls."

Also a sartorial note: "Gray's supporters have...said that Gray may need to ditch his preference for three-button, light-colored business suits, and wear darker, more fashionable designs."

The reporters also follow up on LL's reporting yesterday that developer R. Donahue Peebles is still very much considering a run. "[T]wo sources with knowledge of Peebles's thinking said he's interviewing media strategists and campaign managers about what approaches they would take in challenging Fenty. The developer also has paid for focus groups and a pollster to measure the electorate, the sources said....'The decision has been made to take steps necessary to enable him to pull the trigger should he choose to announce.'"

Stewart and Schwartzman report that "the latest rumbling [is] that he will declare his intentions next week." The Peebles source says his man will decide within "a few weeks" and will do so irrespective of whether Gray runs or not.

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  • thymesb

    A dark suit will just make him look like a mortician.

  • DC Hoodrat

    thymes... I just thought that... he looks like Vincent Price.

  • downtown rez

    Unfortunately, he already looks like a mortician.
    I'm not just piling on- I've honestly thought that exact thing for a few years now.

  • No Relation to Angry Al

    People seem to trust morticians.

  • DC Voter

    The color and cut of his suit won't make a difference. He won't be Mayor. It would be good news if he ran though. Kathy Patterson for Chair!
    No big fan of Fenty as Mayor but if these three ran the deciding factor would be saving money on changing the stationery.

  • http://moreperfectdc.blogspot.com/ Jordan

    So both of these guys are foing to run? Do they Fenty to win? These makes zero sense.

  • Truth Hurts

    Assume Peebles spends 500k under the guise of exploring a mayoral run (eg, hiring consultants, doing focus groups, polling, etc), but "decides" in a couple of months not to run. Assume he then turns over (at no charge) everything he paid for to "one city" Gray. Any violation(s) of campaign finance laws under this hypothetical?

  • Martin

    I'm guessing Peebles would not be able to do that, but it would make for a fascinating hearing at the Office of Campaign Finance for sure.

  • noodlez

    FENTY GONNA GET PUNISHED.
    PUNK TREMBLING AS WE SPEAK.

    NOTE TO FAGGIE FENTY-DONT GO AWAY MAD.JUST GO AWAY!

  • DC Hoodrat

    Noodlez,

    Can you actually vote? If so, will you? You know Pimples and Gray may not offer you a Horace and Dickey fish sammich for your vote... will you still vote for either?

  • Wendy Glenn

    I am a HUGE Don Peebles supporter. I want him to run, he would be good for this city. I like his family dynamic, his business sense and his political view and connections to the Hill and the President. He is a strong candidate who would bring much added fairness and vitality to this city in both finance, infrastructure, education and economic development.

    GO DON PEEBLES----YOU CAN AND WILL WIN!!!

  • noodlez

    @DC Hoodrat-SLIM ONLY THE FAKE ASS HOODRATS EAT THAT SHIT AT HORACE AND DICKEY. THAT SPOT IS SO YESTERDAY.

    THE REAL HOODRATS GET A FISH TRAY AT MOMMA SAN ON NY AVE NW OR FISH WITH BREAD ON THE SIDE AT JJ'S ON GEO AVE.

    SO STEP YO FISH GAME UP HOODY!

    ANYBODY BUT FENTY FOR ME JOE!

  • tired

    thanks Wendy and Noodlez, because DC hoodrat has issues.

  • No Relation to Angry Al

    "Fish and the Undertaker," coming this Fall!

  • turtle

    Fenty will win re-election, no problem.

  • Daddy Grace Fish Sandwich

    The best place to get a good old fish sandwich is down at Daddy Grace church at 5 & M Streets, NW. Sweet Daddy Grace will be cooking the fish himself back from the dead. Peeples to look like an Undertaker or a side kick with Vincent Price. Vincent Gray looks like he's already dead and King Fenty look like the turtle who use to be on the cartoons back in the 60's. Fenty looks like the walking dead too.

    Jack Evans should give it up on wanting to be Council Chair. I would vote for Pety Green first and he's been dead for some time now.

  • proballdc

    Fenty will be pounced in the primary, guaranteed.

  • Skipper

    Fenty wins in the 5th round by TKO.

  • tired

    skipper get a grip.

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