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Fenty Campaign: See Marion Barry in Gray Gear!

An aide to Mayor Adrian Fenty's re-election campaign just e-mailed a bunch of D.C. political reporters and bloggers a photo of one-time mayor-for-life Marion Barry wearing a Vincent Gray campaign t-shirt (and hat, it looks like). The Ward 8 councilmember hadn't officially endorsed Gray yet, but he has shown up at a few events, including the high-profile Ward 4 straw poll, to back him.

The fact that the Fenty camp was so eager to get the image out just underscores the fascinating racial dynamic at work in the primary—one in which white voters appear to be breaking heavily for Fenty, and black voters seem to be going for Gray. Who runs the place once known as "Chocolate City" may well come down to what percentage of the electorate on Sept. 14 is white.

Barry's support for Gray may help the D.C. Council chairman in parts of the city, but it'll also feed into Fenty's narrative that Gray wants to take the city back to the way things were before, well, a lot of white folks moved in. (A narrative Washington City Paper lampooned here, complete with several shots of Barry.) UPDATE: Of course, four years ago, Barry endorsed Fenty, though Fenty didn't campaign publicly with the former mayor then. They did pose together at Fenty's inaugural ball, as Gray's campaign noted last night.

The photo, after the jump:

Barry for Gray

Comments

  1. #1

    He can also put on a Fenty shirt and that still won't change my mind.

  2. #2

    He backed Fenty in 2006. I guess he likes to hitch his horse to the winning team.

  3. #3

    @ DC Guy

    I don't know if it is a case of Barry hitching his horse to the winning team or not. What I hope Barry has done is re-evaluate Fenty the way many others have; and come to the same conclusions many others have - Fenty is not now nor was he ever ready or qualified to be Mayor of DC. In my humble opinion, Fenty is not qualified to be the chief executive of an elementary kickball team, let alone the nations capital.

  4. #4

    PURE DESPERATION FROM GREEN TEAM POISON CONTROL CENTER!

  5. #5

    Fenty plays the fear card. But if there are white people still afraid of Marion Barry then they're pussies.

  6. #6

    And if he had on a Fenty shirt, as HE DID IN 2006, then WHAT?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

    This is so much about NOTHING...get on with the issues at hand; unemployment, Juvenile Justice, Fair Housing, Homeless issues, education, etc.

    Marion Barry's choice of clothing is such a NON-ISSUE!!!!!

  7. #7

    Fenty has no problem supporting his thug friends such as Moten.

    @Jason - right on!!!!

  8. #8

    Jason:
    It's more about pointing out who Gray's most high profile supporters are; Barry and Pratt-Kelly, the heads of DC's most notable failed administrations. Barry is particularly notable/remarkable because he has not come out and issued a public endorsement. Of course, if he did so, it would no doubt net a huge negative for Gray, with many whites and blacks alike. And yet he still campaigns hard for Gray in neighborhoods where it might help the Gray campaign. (Which committee chairship do you think he wants most?)
    Pointing this out is of course part of a larger strategy of pointing out who Gray's most notable supporters are (the two aforementioned failed Mayors + the municipal unions) and the fact that during Gray's sole administrative role he was entwined in those failures. And his tenure during the Pratt-Kelly administration really is the sum of his notable leadership, unless you count approving all of the Fenty budgets and approving the Fenty school takeover, meanwhile launching several investigations that have either found no wrongdoing or, naturally, are ongoing during this present campaign season.
    So,when the Fenty campaign highlight's Gray's poor administrative record, and says Gray would be a return to the past, they are just judging him on his record and by the company he keeps.

  9. #9

    Jason,

    Get real and stop being an intellectual pussy.

    The Mayor for Life is still on Council, and - even though he has been marginalized and has been ignored by the current Mayor - he will be there next year.

    HIS politics are largely racial, such as his demand that the head of DPR must be black or brown. Gray was stunningly silent when Barry launched his racist attacks on Ximena Hartsock - attacks the Post and others called appalling.

    The question that should be asked is what will Barry's role be if Gray is elected, versus what will his role be if Fenty is elected.

    Sadly, with the burdens of the past that we all carry in this town, everything is viewed through the prism of race. Fenty has tried to move beyond that, and has been attacked as being too white. And those who fail to see that race is an issue in this campaign and
    was first injected by Barry early in the Fenty administration are intellectual pussies.

  10. #10

    -downtown rez

    As Mayor, Gray would have no say on what, if any, committee chairmanship Barry would have;

    -Mike Madden

    You should in the same breath talk about the GOP endorsement of Fenty, or Alice Rivlin's endorsement of Gray.

    I think this just shows the wide tent that Gary engenders, which is a positive in trying to mend the city from the divide that Fenty has caused, both in policy over the past 3 1/2 years and during this campaign.

    He is really turning into a self-hating man.

  11. #11

    DCGuy
    Don't assume I'm willing to be as credulous as you.

  12. #12

    we should let barry and ron moten debate. now THAT would be must see TV

  13. #13

    What planet are you from Mike? Marion Barry has caused real damage to the Black Ccommunity. Forget about making White people scared of Barry. Their are a lot of Black people that know exactly what Marion Barry and his cohorts are about.

    Gray jumps up and down talking about cronies and closed government. Then, he gets in bed with the dirtiest politicial in the history of DC.

    I know that this is a job for you Mike. But don't marganalize what was going on in DC when that crew was running things. Those were real drive bye murderd. Those was a real crack epidemic. And, the controll board really did take financial controll of the city away from the people. That isn't fear mongering. It is recent history.

    You want to white-wash that history as if people are "pussys" for worrying about it.

    Lets see u visit five or six of your cousins sat the funeral home and see how fast you forget the names of the people that stood and watched. And, you will never forget that in the middle of the crack craze....the mayor was a junkie.

    That is real. Not made up. It is serious. Not some irrelevant history lesson.

  14. #14

    He is just like many others who supported Fenty the last time and have dropped their support. Regardless of what anyone feels about Barry, his vote still counts.

  15. #15

    @ hymesb.... are you saying the drivebys have stopped under Fenty? How about murders? I can think of a few high profile ones off the top of my head... like the Shaw principle or the SE 9 victim incident. Both of which included people the mayor (Ron) and his people were supposed to have already "removed" from the streets.

    We can go on all day and discuss the real issues of this campaign if your man enough but to continuously flash the race card and try to scare white people by naming 1 out of THOUSANDS of Grey supporters is wrong. Why didnt Fentys campaign show a picture of Alice Ridlin in Grey? She's doing more work for Grey than Barry has. First, white people are not as stupid as you are making them out to seem, and blacks aren't as ignorant as you try to make them seem.

    I am sure there are plenty of drug addicts that support Grey, especially the ones who were recieving treatment on 1st St (Fenty closed) or Ga. Ave (Fenty closed) or any of the other treatment centers that have been closed/relocated/combined over the last 3 years. Call it what you want but at the end of the day, the number of available slots for treatment has shrunk under our Mayor. Maybe THATS why Barry supports ABF. What do you think all of those people will eventually do without treatment? Suddenly disappear? Just because you act like you dont see them when you walk past, doesnt mean they are not there.

    Have you noticed in all of these homicides are down press releases that the small print tells you that all the other crimes are up. Petty crimes... that's how it all starts. It may take a minute for them to move up to bigger and better crimes but the petty crimes let us know whats REALLY in store a few years down the road if we continue on this same path of IGNORING THE SMALL PRINT and going for the colorful pictures that Fenty is showing you.

    READ THE SMALL PRINT.... the writing that tells you that even though rHEe says DCPS is wonderful now that we can fire without cause... TEST SCORE HAVE GONE DOWN THIS YEAR!!!

    READ THE SMALL PRINT... even though you SEE buildings getting renovated (under Williams' plan mind you) we are paying 6 thousand dollars per nail with this administrations contracts.

    READ THE SMALL PRINT... even though you see a ribbon cutting on the news three times a day, FENTY HAS NOT HAD ONE PRESS CONFERENCE SINCE BECOMING MAYOR BECAUSE HE REFUSES TO ANSWER TO THE PEOPLE!!!

    And if you needed any more proof... how about his admitting that he needs to change, promising that he will change... JUST NOT RIGHT NOW!!! But Ron Moten is still the best thing that could ever happen to the kids in our city. How many of the "white people" that you are trying to scare with Barrys picture will let Ron take their kids camping for ONE NIGHT? Yea, that's what I thought... meanwhile, HE is who the Mayor lets into the schools to counsel kids, HE is who we turn our troubled kids over to.

    How stupid do we have to be in order to put our faith in Fenty again. Like Bush TRIED to say.... fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me for listening to your silly A$$. Well my momma aint raise no fool!

    Even if Grey does NOTHING for four years, he can't do as much damage as Fenty did and would do with another 4. And if Grey doesn't do a good job, then we do the same for him as we are doing for this one.... TERMINATION.

    In no other job, do you not FIRE the person who has over spent EVERY budget for 3 years in a row, just because you are unsure if the other guy can handle it. You let the other guy try on an interim bases and then you evaluate. If he messes up, you fire him too. RECALL!!!

    Ask Fenty/Rhee et al if THEY would retain an employee who has made ONE mistake, let along budget mistakes in the millions of dollars. Whats good for the goose is good for the gander.

    Bye-Bye!

  16. #16

    Hymesb, please go back on you medication and stop posting your ridiculous comments on blogs. Are you one of King Fenty's relatives or are you the King himself?

    The mayoral race isn't about Marion Barry.

    Hymesb, what do you have to say about your King Fenty associating and praising educated, articulate, and upstanding D.C. resident Mr. Ron Moten?

    Do you think white D.C. voters are going to support King Fenty due to his association with Mr. Ron Moten and the GO GO events? Most white D.C. residents don't know what GO GO music is along with many black, Latino, and Asian D.C. residents?

    Hymesb, unfortunately King Fenty close and privatized the D.C. Department of Mental Health and he decreased the mental health budget tremendously, but King Fenty found D.C. tax dollars to build dog parks and bike lanes. What do you have to say to this Hymesb? Stop kissing King Fenty's ass all the time. Open you eyes and see, King Fenty is about to take the District back under a federal "Control Board".

    King Fenty will not get re-elected. I received a call yesterday from some marketing group asking me about who am I going to support for the D.C. mayoral race. Before the man could finish asking me a question, I yelled over the telephone, Vincent Gray is whom I'm going to vote for.

    I am not that impressed with Vincent Gray, but I would vote for him or anyone to get that mean, arrogant, vindictive, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty out of office. I can tell you up front, many Ward 4 voters and non voters hate or dislike the current mayor. The King is no longer popular in his own Ward 4. We are not bitter, but we will not be mistreated and disrespected by this arrogant jerk. After all, the mayor of the District of Columbia works for us, not the other way around. He needs to attend a charm school and learn social and interpersonal skills.

  17. #17

    LOL wrote: we should let barry and ron moten debate. now THAT would be must see TV

    This comment is funny! LOL LOL LOL LOL

    A debate betweeb Marion Barry and Ron Moten would be good reality television. Hymesb could be the moderator. LOL LOL

  18. #18

    Good for Barry and good for Gray. Next to come is a picture of Moten wearing an orange jump suit. When that comes across I will sent it out to everyone.

  19. #19

    Let's bring this thing into perspective, this is politics 101, it's called countering. Adrian is trying to bye as many ward 8 votes as he can and Vince is countering with his trump card,(The Mayor of ward 8), very simple. You guys are making a big where with all about who knows what about Marion and what he did as Mayor, the fact is, he did a considerably good job when he had the helm, in the beginning, considering the period in which he obtained it(remember the climate). He lost himself somewhere along the way and who he hurt most was himself. Thats for real historians and truth seekers, not you bandwagoneers demonizers.

  20. #20

    IT is Fenty camps playing the racial politics and backfiring with both groups. I am barely in Georgetown but I understand blue signs are popping up there now.

    People don't like racial politics.

    I think Gray will do really well with Whites. The Claris poll I understand was from a sample that was right out of Fenty's back yard.

    Damn and he still lost.

  21. #21

    Get real,

    YOu should get real if you don't think Fenty is playing race politics. He knows that black folks are fed up with his bs and that his only hope is that his new white friends in upper northwest come out to vote for him. All of those good liberal white folks in upper NW are terrified of Barry. Don't be fooled. It's not because Barry was corrupt. Fenty is AT LEAST as corrupt as Barry. Barry was too black for the limousine liberal white folks here in DC. So Fenty is playing off Barry's attire by invoking the specter of another black takeover of DC.

  22. #22

    ...only in DC would it be called "playing the race card" for a black mayors' reelection campaign committee to show pictures of a former mayor, who is also black, wearing a shirt with his opponents' name on it...who is yet a third black man.

  23. #23

    Is there a reason you're refusing to post my comments? You don't like my asking questions about the relationship between Keith Lomax and Adrian Fenty?

  24. #24

    Well, WCP, it's about time... I'm still waiting for answers from the Fenty camp on what punishment was meted out to former Fenty chauffeur and Maryland resident Keith Lomax for committing voter fraud in the 2008 DC presidential primary and for fraudulently obtaining DC LSDBE points to obtain $11 million in "landscaping" contracts from Fenty's parks & recreation dept and DCPS.

  25. #25

    And while I'm on a roll here, just exactly what kind of "landscaping" was done at the School Without Walls remodeling [something for which Fenty and his doppelganger, Jack Evans are falsely claiming credit -- see David Frankel's piece, "Deceptive Advertising" http://www.dcwatch.com/themail/2010/10-08-08.htm warranted a purported $800,000 bill from Lomax?

  26. #26

    "A debate betweeb Marion Barry and Ron Moten would be good reality television. Hymesb could be the moderator. LOL LOL"

    Nah. It would be a drag with Hymesb as moderator -- he has no sense of humor.

  27. #27

    …only in DC would it be called “playing the race card” for a black mayors’ reelection campaign committee to show pictures of a former mayor, who is also black, wearing a shirt with his opponents’ name on it…who is yet a third black man.
    LOL, J. Exactly.
    But don't expect any of the Gray GOTVbots to acknowledge that. It doesn't fit their script.

  28. #28

    This is hilarious. Found this video of a local poet (Drew Droopy Anderson) doing a spoof, "Rhee and Mayor Fenty" on the song "Beemer, Benz and Bentleys"

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpB68ODa5aQ

  29. #29

    It's unfortunate but Fenty's camp might be on to something. Barry places the race card like no other politician in this City. As much as Barry has his die-hard supporters and anything anyone says negative about him will elicit strong emotions, the man is a walking disaster. Anacostia is suffering and will continue to suffer with him as its representative. Anyone else west of the river, should be fearful of Barry. He's not just ineffective, he complicates the simplest matter by introducing his brand of politics into the mix.

    Cherkis- I don't blame anyone for being fearful of Barry. He's dangerous because he still influences things. Watch him in action, it's bad for the City.

  30. #30

    "And yet he still campaigns hard for Gray in neighborhoods where it might help the Gray campaign."

    Kinda like Ron Moten huh?

  31. #31

    Adrian, you are a big liar of the worst kind.

    Whether you support Williams, Fenty or even Gray’s efforts, Anacostia will still be on the uprise like it has been for the past several years. This lie you support falls in the face of those who believe what Fenty suggests he’s done, what Williams has done, and what Gray will do. Whether Fenty wins or not, Anacostia is NOT the same Anacostia it was 7 years ago. Ward 8 is not the same as it was. This is the case WITH Barry as councilmember for the past two cycles.

    To this racial polarizing game Fenty is playing, I don’t like it. Not at all. Playing the “race card” belongs to no one race. What’s so insulting is that Barry voted for Fenty last go around. So what is it about his voting for Gray brings out DC’s own political straw man? Barry is the new Jeremiah Wright. You can use him for whatever purposes you like. This is meant to “scare” those like me who have only heard of Barry’s reign but never experienced it. Why the hell should I be afraid of a politician (or association) who has not had one bit of power during the decade since I’ve lived in this city.

    People make Barry relevant – not the other way around. His next step is some sort of nonprofit or retirement. Yet, we are still making him the new Black Panther.

    Please. If Fenty wins, it will be several election cycles before this city rebounds from the classist, racist warfare that he is most certainly instigating, while top strategist, Ron Moten helps Fenty keep his “street cred.”

    I truly regret the day I walked Ward 8 for Fenty.

  32. #32

    SEis4ME, I'm glad for you that Gray was forced to back off his midnight effort to cut $150-$250 million in Streetcar funding- including the funding for Anacostia. After all, the H Street NE and Anacostia streetcar lines are funded from the same pot of local and federal money.
    Here is a good Barry quote on Gray's reversal on that episode earlier this year:
    "I'm amazed that in less than half an hour, $47 million can be identified," said Councilman Marion Barry.
    Of course what's most interesting is that the $47 million in local dollars are necessary to get a whole bunch more federal ones.
    Here's another quote:
    Tommy Wells (To Gray): "Are you aware we may lose $100-197M in stimulus funding?"
    The way I see this whole thing is that it was Gray attempting to strip Wards 6 and 8 of between $150 and $250 million in transportation funding. Put in perspective, that's something like 2 to 3 times of all the money people accuse Fenty of funneling to Banneker. And this is even more remarkable because it's not the first time Gray has done this. Looking back to the '90's, as the Fenty folks would have you do, he did the same thing when he headed DHS. He refused to spend local dollars to get even more federal dollars. He refused to leverage DC's assets to get even more money to invest in DC's future.
    But, hey, the '90's were a long time ago, and the whole streetcar thing was just a low level "staff error", right?
    Yeah, right.

  33. #33

    IT'S OFFICIAL!!! hymesb COMMENTS=PURE BULL SHIT!

    I LIVED HERE ALL MY LIFE AND HAVE NEVER ONCE EXPERIENCED DAMAGE IN MY COMMUNITY AT THE HANDS OF ANY OF THE MAYORS. MR BARRY HAS ONLY CAUSED DAMAGE TO HIMSELF AND HIS LEGACY FROM HIS OWN SHORTCOMINGS AND PERSONAL ISSUES.

    I THINK THE REAL STORY HERE IS HOW A KNOWN SUPPORTER OF MAYOR FENTY IS PROMOTING FEAR POLITICS THRU RACE DIVISION! HE IS NOT ALONE.

    DONT BE CONFUSED FOLKS! BY ACKWOLEDGING DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE RACES AND POINTING THAT OUT IS NOT RACISM. RACISM IS KNOWING THAT DIFFERENCES EXISTS AND PROMOTING THOSE DIFFERENCES WITH THE CLEAR CUT STANCE OF OPPRESSING AND SUPPRESSING THOSE THAT ARE NOT LIKE YOU.

    hymesb IGNORANT RANTS ABOUT EVERYTHING DC IS BECOMING QUITE DISTURBING. UNLESS THE PURPLE GOT ME IN A HAZE I CANT RECALL DC MURDERS BEING CHALKED UP TO DRIVE BY'S IN THE MID TO LATE 80'S. THERE WERE A FEW BUT MOST OF THOSE MURDERED WAS DIRECT KILLS BY RIVAL DRUG GANGS. EVERY CITY IN THE UNITED STATES WAS NOT SPARED BY THE CRACK EPIDEMIC SO WHY IS THIS A RELEVENT ISSUE NOW?

    THE ONLY THINK I CAN THINK OF IS THE FENTY FOLK ARE SCARED THAT MR GRAY WILL START PLUCKING OFF VOTES FROM THE FOLK WHO RESIDE WEST OF ROCK CREEK. ONCE THEY REALIZE THAT THE SOON TO BE FORMER MAYOR HAVENT DONE ANYTHING SPECIAL BESIDES SPEND ALL THE DOUGH IRRESPONSIBLY AND RHEE IS NOTHING BUT A FRAUD WITH NO CREDENTIALS, THEY WILL VOTE HIS ASS OUT. THE ONLY WAY TO GIVE WHITE FOLK PAUSE IS TO BEGIN INVOLKING FEAR THRU RACE BY FOLK LIKE hymesb.

    IF IM NOT MISTAKEN (SOMEONE CORRECT ME IF IM WRONG) THE DC FINANCIAL CONTROL BOARD TOOK CONTROL AFTER MAYOR KELLY AND COUNCIL WAS UNABLE TO MANAGE AND BALANCE BUDGET. EVEN IF YOU TAKE hymesb WORDS AT VALUE THE WAY HE PUT IT WAS THAT MAYOR BARRY WAS ON CRACK RUNNING THE CITY, BLACK FOLK WAS LEFT FENDING FOR THEMSELVES IN UTTER CHAOS AND WHITE FOLK WAS SITTING PRETTY. SO WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THEN AND NOW?

    MAYOR BARRY HAD A LEGITMATE EXCUSE THAT I WOULDN’T WISH UPON ANYONE BECAUSE I SEEN WHAT IT CAN DO TO FOLK!

    WHAT THE FUCK IS FENTY'S?

  34. #34

    @ DREZ-YOU'RE REACHING FOR A HANDFUL OF MUD TO SLING BUT IT'S SQUEEZING BETWEEN YOUR FINGERS.

    YOU CAN DO BETTER THAN THAT LAST ONE!

  35. #35

    Interesting read from DCWatch.....

    Most importantly, all of the heavy lifting for the SWW modernization was completed before Adrian Fenty became mayor.

    Look at this time line: March 21, 2006, DCPS and GWU entered into a memorandum of understanding for the SWW/GWU public-private partnership. April 3, 2006, DCPS and GWU filed their joint Planned Unit Development application with the DC Office of Zoning. September 12, 2006, Adrian Fenty won the Democratic primary for DC mayor. October 30, 2006, the Zoning Commission heard all testimony in support of and in opposition to the SWW/GWU public-private partnership proposal. Neither Adrian Fenty nor Jack Evans testified at that hearing. In fact, their names are not mentioned anywhere in the 278 page transcript. Here is a link to the Zoning Commission’s hearing transcript: http://dcoz.dc.gov/trans/061030zc.pdf. November 7, 2006, Adrian Fenty won the general election for DC mayor. November 13, 2006, the Zoning Commission voted 4-0-1 to support the SWW/GWU public-private partnership proposal. December 11, 2006, the Zoning Commission voted 4-0-1 to take final action to support the SWW/GWU public-private partnership proposal. Here is a link to that final Zoning Commission Order that recites much of this history: http://dcoz.dc.gov/orders/06-17.pdf January 2, 2007, Adrian Fenty became DC mayor. The SWW construction project commenced in 2007 and was completed in 2009, as scheduled. Yes, SWW was completed during Adrian Fenty’s term as DC mayor. However, the important agreements and approvals, as well as getting the financing in place, were all accomplished before he became mayor.

    Adrian Fenty actively and vigorously opposed the huge taxpayer subsidy for the Nationals’ baseball stadium (as did I). Nevertheless, the stadium was completed during his term as DC mayor. Does this mean he can claim the baseball stadium as has accomplishment? Of course not. He has no record of supporting or opposing the SWW modernization to distinguish him from any other DC councilmember. This does not give him the right to claim it as his accomplishment — even through his surrogate, Jack Evans.

  36. #36

    No mud, noodlez, just documented facts.
    And not facts of the kind Gray talks about, facts of the kind we might need to wait for some 'till now silent "independent" investigator may reveal- after the primary, naturally.
    Hey, what do you think of the latest Colby article:
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/08/20/AR2010082003002_pf.html
    I think the man is 100% right.

  37. #37

    @dr:

    Another high profile Gray supporter: Alice Rivlin. Care to slam her as well?

  38. #38

    I will vote for Gray because he has a chance of winning.I
    would have voted for Fenty is his fraternity brother would have hired some blacks for the construction sites. I ride by sites in this town and all I see are Latino's.There are black men in this town I would like to see working. I am not against immigrants working but we should hire local citizens that are residents. A living wage should be paid and then you will not have to use cheap immigrant labor. Leo Alexander talks about real issues. I want to look on this construction sites and see some black men working not all hispanics.We live here and should not be squeezed out.

  39. #39

    Drez, and I'm confused as to the point of your most recent post.

    If you're complaining about how "miraculous" it is that Gray "found" money for the StreetCar program only after saying that the money was there, I'll agree with that criticism and add that although he did something most of the residents approve of, I could care less about the program.

    Now, w/o any substantive claim to back it up, you think Gray is trying to take money away from other Wards? WOW!

    Let me make something clear to those of you who don't understand, I was NOT here in DC when BArry was Mayor nor Gray head of DHS. So for this transplant, whenever I hear talk of how the city was during that time, I'm reminded of the Charlie Brown (wah, wah, wah) routine. It's like telling me that I should be concerned about DC because Nixon was here. Sorry, I was barely born.

    Now if you want to discuss something that's a FACT and not based on partisan spin, we can surely talk about the 100k grant given to the Peaceoholics in which 97k of it covered salaries. You like facts, discuss that one.

  40. #40

    @Indeed
    I'll not "slam" Ms. Rivlin, but what role has she played in local DC government outside of her 1998-2001 stint on the control board? No offense, but I'll take Tony Williams endorsement over hers, any day of the week.
    @SEis4ME
    Hey- $150-$250 million in streetcar infrastructure funding- 2/3 to 4/5 of it federal and not from our precious local tax dollars- is nothing to throw away so carelessly. But, like it or not, he almost did this year, just as he did do when he actually ran stuff back in the day. And I'm just laying out the facts. Just the facts, and no spin. TBD Fact check me if you want. :)
    I was around for those years and I do remember them.

  41. #41

    @dr

    Not sure what your point is. Only people who were in government during certain periods of time can make endorsements that you take seriously? Not like you'd be swayed in another direction anyway.

  42. #42

    @dr

    it is also a fact that we have not gotten approval for federal funding because the streetcar plan sucked.

  43. #43

    @Indeed
    I think it's clear we've reached the point where it's good to say we simply disagree.

  44. #44

    @dr,

    Fine. I will take my toys and play elsewhere.

  45. #45

    I still don't get the point. You're saying all of this to suggest what? That Gray will miraculously "find" money for local pet projects? Yep, I'll agree that Gray showed poor judgment here. But to what end I'm sure.

    Had Gray not "found" the money, would the project then be tabled? I remember the outcry from those in support ff Fenty/Street car pet project and it was not nice at all. So, what should Gray have done (consistent with other Chairs) that he didn't.

    Also, if you and Fenty have to rely on making a case against what Gray did while I was in high school, that means you are swimming upstream backwards. You would have a better case to make had you chosen to discuss what Gray has done since 1992-3. That would at least provide us w/a historical narrative. Right now what you have is, well 20 years ago Gray did [insert claim].

    That ain't cutting it.

    I notice that you never have a response for any claim laid at Fenty's feet. Most recently, the 100k "non performance" grant Fenty got for his campaign manager Moten (who was in jail during Gray's Tenure) that went to salaries.

  46. #46

    @DREZ-YES MR COLBY IS 100% CORRECT!

    I HOPE BOTH OF THEM ADDRESS ISSUES AT LENGTH AT WASH POST DEBATE. noodlez WILL BE IN ATTENDANCE!!!

    LOOK FED MONEY ASIDE THAT STREETCAR DEAL WAS POORLY PLANNED. I WOULD THINK YOU SHOULD GET APPROVAL FOR OVERHEAD STREET LINES BEFORE YOU START DIGGING HOLES AND LAYING TRACK.

    AFTER LAST ROUND OF PEPCO LINES DOWN AND THEIR ABILTY TO RESTORE IN A TIMELY MANNER I AM NOT SURE OVERHEAD POWER LINES ARE A GOOD IDEA AT THIS POINT FOR ANOTHER SYSTEM THAT WILL COST TO UPKEEP.

  47. #47

    The race is racially divided and the whites and young African Americans support Fenty and the older African Americans and seniors support Gray but Fenty will get alot of the undecided vote because of his results.I am glad to see a public servant focus on results because for 30 years we have had politicians that have done nothing but make us feel good and do crap. It is a shame that alot of voters are stuck on personality than performance. Barry is bum and has always been a embarrassment to our city. Go away please!

  48. #48

    You would have a better case to make had you chosen to discuss what Gray has done since 1992-3
    That's just it, SEis4ME- he was only in the driver's seat back in his days as the head of the failed (and since disbanded) DC Department of Human Services. Since then, he's not served in any notable executive capacity. He's only served on the DC Council. And what has he done there? He's approved every Fenty budget, and every major Fenty priority and project, all the while sniping from the back seat.
    Absent vague promises of "Character, Integrity, Leadership" and "Process", that's all there is to talk about.

  49. #49

    I saw this picture on facebook. It is getting pretty viral. I personally won't even think of voting for anyone who has any type of stink of Berry on them so I will dance with the devil I know....Go Fenty

  50. edward baltimore/DC Mayor
    #50

    In I run for Mayor of DC;I was Muzzled from the same phony screwed down process of keeping negrids as slaves and Indians and Hispanics is why I was to nevr free you from white boy and girl,even from looking like them and dressing like them from Indians to Hispanics to negirds from Africa and abroad,is the shame of the whole infarious obfuscating racist forcing of a Catholic church setting where kids are being molested @ an alarming rate and when I finish getting the People free,as if Indians and Hispanics knew how free they are with Edward Baltimore as Mayor of DC;whom is @ 202-393-9132/202393-1909;whom is still running for Mayor of DC;and is seeking vehemently,for the sake of the children and their families in DC;and Nationwide;a Debate with Vince Gray so I can run his ass out of public for good to never return,with what I know about what nothing none of you know about,that can actually free all of you,Instantly is what's needed in WDC to soothe the Nation of deprived People that haven't had their Rights given to be treated like humans,not even amongst their own white people

  51. #51

    Botton line white folks just want to control this city.

  52. #52

    They figure if they are not running it like the old south its not good, well you know near by Virginia is the heart and soul of the Confederacy!!! oooom. something to think about Brother and sister before you put Mr. Gray down, because he hasnt done nothing.

  53. #53

    To brothers and sisters, Just because a white person is a Democrat there not your best friend and could care less bout you.

  54. #54

    Pay close attention to these people you so called trust.

  55. #55

    The Devil is alive and well trying hard in The District of Columbia,I just want brothers and sisters to know this,please pay close attention. A huge majority of black people has done great thing and benefit from the Barry administration, when others wouldnt allow such a thing. Black Businesses has prosper and done very well because of Mr. Berry, now it is clear why they want to get rid of him, he puts it like they dont want it , straight up and clear,its like hitting a bad nerve. You know they say the truth hearts. brothers and sister please get some sense!!! dont do anything stupid ok?

  56. #56

    Mr. Gray is here to help, not to heart. He aint just here to wear nice suit and take pictures in front of cameras for the spot light and attention. This man knows he has a job to do, and verry much like to get it done. We all know that so lets come together and support this fine gentlement politician and let him do what we elected him for. Just pay those crazy ass white folks no attention.

  57. #57

    We need to make some "i support Mr. Gray" T-shirts many strong and wear i his support.

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