Loose Lips

A Call from the Mayor

Make of this what you will: We just got a call from Adrian Fenty, who was thanking us for Washington City Paper's endorsement of his re-election bid.

More evidence of the mayor's new, inclusive incarnation? A sign of desperation? Who knows. The only things we can say for sure are a) Adrian Fenty has not exactly had City Paper on his speed dial during the past four years; and b) None of the other candidates we endorsed—several of whom are generally expected to win next Tuesday—have bothered to call.

While Hizzoner was on the phone, we asked him about the day's big campaign story: The explosive report alleging that Fenty's campaign had offered people jobs in exchange for voting for the mayor.

"There's only one allegation," Fenty said. "There was absolutely no specifics whatsoever. No one has given up a van number, anything. I don't know why they ran with it." (In fact, there were four alleged vote-sellers, though only two are ID'd by name in this ABC7/TBD account.)

Speaking of running, we also asked Fenty whether it was true that he'll be running a triathlon this weekend. It is! Should the folks who pumped millions into his campaign be worried about what Fenty is doing with their investments? Hizzoner says not. "The triathlon is at 6 a.m.," he said. He predicted he'd be finished by nine. "There won't be an hour of my day that's not spent campaigning."

Fenty predicted a victory—in the election, that is—though he declined to be as specific about the margin as he was in predicting his triathlon time. "Our strategy is to talk about who is the most competent to run the city," Fenty said. "We should keep somebody in there who's been doing a good job."

  • joan

    Fenty flashes his abs and City Paper staff go ga ga.

  • Southeast Resident

    Damn CP, you know what side to butter the bread on! All of you down there must be smiling ear to ear! Now Fenty will be your BFF! His majesty's largesse will last as long as his next bad press clipping in the CP, or until after September 14th, whichever comes sooner. All these endorsements from the press has King Fenty feeling good. Hopefully, all sane citizens in DC will complete the process of voting him out on September 14th. If not, Councilmember Michael Brown, the Independent, will give King Fenty a run to deplete the rest of his money in November.

  • Jackie Pinckney-Hackett

    The Mayor can be proactive by reviewing the security surveillance tapes at 441, MPD, and any other govt building in that area. If they see a van with a FENTY sign around 2pm on the day the Mr. Williams voted and see him emerging from the van...then, there you have it! Case closed.

  • Southeast Resident

    Hey, Ms. Hackett, that will never happen because Boss Nickles has already confiscated the tape in the name of DC national security. The coast is clear. That is what we call justice in Fentytown or little Haiti!

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  • http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com try2staysanendc

    Citizens of DC please come together & get this fool out of office.

  • tired

    WCP you guys are ridiculous. what happen to asking him indepth question about buying votes, Oh I forgot you idiots endorsed him, and to ask him about the triathlon. Are your lips brown from kissing his ass. Wow.

  • http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com try2staysanendc

    Also CP after the elections. I will never read this paper again. You are truly a sell out. And you call yourselves a paper for the people when in fact you are in King Fenty's pocket too. Shame on you..

  • tired

    I am with try2staysanendc, I am finished after the primary.

  • downtown rez

    LOL at the comments above. They are all voting for One City, right?

  • Korrupt

    Oh, please please please let Fenty lose.

  • Typical DC BS

    Yes, let's all return to the days of old DC with a vote for the same old / same old from Ward 7. Do we really need to listen to the wishes of Ward 7 and Ward 8? Lots of great things happening in those two wards. They can't even get rid of that cancer Marion Barry. While Fenty is no great shakes, he's still better than the "we don't get any respect" crowd. Please.