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Peek Inside Adrian Fenty’s Go-Go Collection

The "Go-Go 4 Fenty" campaign effort may be an obvious play for the go-go lover vote, but the recent shows aren't the first time Mayor Adrian Fenty has hung around the scene.

According to the manager of much-maligned go-go band TCB, Fenty isn't just electioneering when he busts loose at a go-go concert. Ben Adda tells City Desk  that when the mayor was first elected, he showed up at various go-go concerts to say a few words to the crowd. Adda remembers that a new-to-the-job Fenty would say "generic stuff" like, "Have a safe event," and "Keep the peace."

"People saying he's getting on the bandwagon," says Adda. But "he's reached out before."

In an effort to get the complete picture of Fenty's personal relationship with D.C.'s homegrown music, yesterday City Desk asked mayoral spokeswoman Mafara Hobson to find out what sort of  go-go Fenty has on his iPod. Hobson got on it—only to report back today with the shocking news that the multiple-BlackBerry-wielding politician doesn't own the ubiquitous device.

"He doesn't have an iPod," emails Hobson,"but he does have Little Benny's latest CD in the car." Which CD would that be, exactly? "His latest."

It's not surprising that Fenty, 39, might be a fan of one of the genre's old-school legends. But City Desk can't help remembering that when Fenty spoke at Benny's funeral last month, he was booed so mercilessly that Pastor Deron Cloud had to admonish the people who gathered to pay their respects to the Rare Essence co-founder.

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  1. #1

    "People saying he's getting on the bandwagon," says Adda. But "he's reached out before."

    But City Desk can't help remembering that when Fenty spoke at Benny's funeral last month, he was booed so mercilessly that Pastor Deron Cloud had to admonish the people who gathered to pay their respects to the Rare Essence co-founder.

    The first statement from a selfish, what can I get for me type who is selling out Go-Go for the small time check he's getting to support Fenty....

    The second statement, Go-Go family's true scorn of Fenty witnessed with your own eyes. Noone had to tell you anything, you saw it for yourself.

    Sure Fenty can get one or two people from every walk of DC life to say how he's doing a wonderful job (although even Ben Adda admits that he first and last came around right after the election, meaning they haven't seen him for 3 years. Lol) but outside of ward 2... the majority dont go by what they hear, they go by what they see. If you do that, you cant help but understand why Fenty needs to go.

    The sad part is that even though Ben Adda is saying all these words for money and may be influincing a SMALL number number of young adults inadvertently, even he, more than likely, will vote against Fenty.

  2. #2

    Fenty should be booed mercifully, not mercilessly. All that's required is that someone in the crowd step forward before the event as a leader and ask that those who will register disapproval of the Mayor do it together, just once, and for a short time. No heckling, no violence, no violent language. Just a demonstration of forceful, organized statement of disapproval. Further, no attempt made to match supporters with anything but silence, a scowl, and arms across their chests. Let it happen just a few times, and the press will catch on and look for it at every event and report it.

    Let's see a resurgence of civil disapproval. But, keep it civil.

  3. #3

    incredulous, I agree with you, let's see if we can get this started.

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