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Fenty Wins, Gray Loses—But Not Really

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Who wants more results of meaningless straw polls? LL's readers do!

The latest one was in Ward 2 last night, where Mayor Adrian Fenty got around 60 percent of the 160-some ballots cast by registered Democrats. His opponent, D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray, got about 40 percent. Hizzoner is probably not thrilled with the results, though, as Ward 2 is thought of as Fenty country—and a 60 percent showing is kind of weak. Fenty's got to rack up a bigger margin in the ward on Election Day, to offset Gray's strength in other neighborhoods, or he can kiss that District-owned Smart car goodbye.

Over by the snack bar last night, LL met a nice 74-year-old Ward 2 resident, who—this being Washington—didn't want her name printed. (We'll call her a "senior Ward 2 official," in homage to the folks at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW.) The lady swore up and down that she was a true undecided voter and had come to the forum to hear the candidates' pitches with an open mind.

LL called her up this morning to see who won her over. Her answer: “I don’t really care for any of them, but I put my vote in for Gray."

She said she didn't think there was much difference between Gray and Fenty's ability to run the city, but she didn't like Fenty's attitude and she figured why not give Gray a chance? She added, though, that she could easily change her mind between now and the election.

Last night's highlights (which were sparse, considering the candidates didn't debate, but rather gave their stump speeches in succession) include an exchange between Gray and a heckler. At one point, the microphone stopped working, and a Fenty supporter screamed at Gray for not speaking loud enough for the whole room to hear. The rest of the crowd shifted uncomfortably. So Gray responded:

"Well, we certainly hear you."

Burn!

As LL said, highlights were sparse. (Truth be told, for LL, the highlight of the night was the cheese platter at the snack bar.)

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

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Comments

  1. #1

    The title of this article should read, 'Fenty and Gray Win We All Lose!'

    Carol Schwartz for Mayor 2010!

  2. #2

    Rick, Why do you think Carol would be a good choice for mayor at this time? In 1994? Sure. I voted for her. But now? Come on.

  3. #3

    'Hepcat', it will give us a choice, because right now there is none and the city is in trouble now with the same, "I'll scratch your back, if you scratch my back" or as I like to call it, "The Potomac Shakedown"!

  4. #4

    Rick Mangus...it is called working together or have you been in a coma for the last century. The Dems scratch the Reps backs to get bills passed through congress. Your boss scratches his clients backs to get their respective jobs done, etc. etc. etc. Nothing wrong with cooperation in government, what is wrong is this city being for sale to the highest bidder as it has been under this current administration.

    This Council under Mr. Gray's leadership has been the best by far and that includes when Ms. Schwartz sat on it.

  5. #5

    @LaCaiRaine, I agree, the Council is much better managed today than at any time prior. Linda Cropp wasn't horrible, but Gray is better. Linda Cropp had a competent counterpart as Mayor, that is a scenario that Gray lacks today.

  6. #6

    'laCaiRaine' and 'DCDem', It's called COZY CORRUPTION!

  7. #7

    ALL...IT'S CALLED GET RID OF FENTY FOR THE BETTERMENT OF ALL RESIDENTS REGARDLESS OF WARD, RACE GENDER ETC.!

    WE NEED CHANGE LET'S START SEPT. 14TH WITH GIVING VINCE GRAY A CHANCE TO START THE HEALING PROCESS FOR ALL OF US WHO CARE ABOUT THIS CITY!

  8. #8

    @ABF Right On!

  9. #9

    In spite of the above results, Vince Gray will win this race. Grays gains in ward 3 is extremely impressive. The marginal win within wards 4 and 5 will put the candles on the cake!!!

    Historically, Ward 2 never sealed a victory to any Mayoral Candidate. It just proves how challenged my ward is. After Fenty loses we need to get rid of Jack Evans.

    Wondering if its safe to state that the same 40 percent that voted for Gray do not like Jack Evans!!

    Congratulations Chairman Gray!!

  10. #10

    You can guarantee that Ward 5 will not be voting for Fenty. I live in Ward 5 and know that we are all tired of his arrogant ass.

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