Loose Lips

Payback is a Hitch

Elections have consequences. For Keith Forney, the 2010 election had $703,083 worth of consequences, to be precise.

Forney was the general contractor who built the Deanwood Recreation Center, a glitzy 63,000-square-foot behemoth that boasts a swimming pool, basketball gym, and library. The center, completed in midsummer 2010, was one of the crown jewels of Mayor Adrian Fenty’s public building blitz.

“It could not be more important. It’s a promise we made to the community and a promise that we kept,” Fenty said at the ribbon cutting. “It’s good for Ward 7 and east of the river to have the biggest and best recreation center in the entire city.”

So strong was the Fenty administration’s commitment to Deanwood that Forney says it authorized him to spend $125,000 on its grand opening that June. His invoices show $15,000 for a “community outreach barbecue,” $51,000 for brochures and mailings, and $25,000 for “large format banners.” On top of that, the Fenty administration also authorized Forney’s firm to pay out nearly $600,000 for job training and violence prevention efforts nearby after someone shot out a window at the new rec center. Of that, $273,594 went to Peaceoholics, the politically connected anti-youth-violence group started by Ron Moten, a Fenty campaign strategist.

The grand opening was a hit. Hundreds turned out for free food and music; Fenty, who was then seen as likely to win re-election, took a bow for completing a long-sought project.

But there was a hitch in the festivities that foreshadowed future problems. Vince Gray, then the D.C. Council chairman and candidate for mayor, missed the opening part of the ceremonies, including the ribbon cutting and the speeches. Gray blamed Fenty’s office for changing the schedule without letting him know, a move he called “completely inappropriate.”

Turns out, missing the ribbon cutting didn’t hurt Gray’s chances. With the help of what federal prosecutors say was an illegal $650,000 “shadow campaign,” Gray easily dispatched Fenty in the 2010 contest. And that’s a problem for Forney, as the Gray administration has said there’s no way it’s going to pay him for the lavish grand opening, the Peaceoholics money, and other expenses it says are questionable, even if Fenty aides authorized them.

“None of the activities in the invoices qualify as payable under the construction contract approved by Council … qualify for payment from the capital dollars budgeted and appropriated for construction of the Deanwood Recreational Center,” Attorney General Irv Nathan wrote Forney last January.

That refusal has led Forney to lodge a complaint with the D.C. Contract Appeals Board, which could take a couple years to decide the outcome. But the invoices filed as part of the case give an unflattering glimpse into the frenzied city spending to Fenty allies leading up to the 2010 mayoral primary. It may not be a shadow campaign, but it still looks shady.

The most notable are the payments to Peaceoholics, which highlight the Fenty’s administration’s dogged persistence for finding ways to get the group paid. The Peaceoholics did extraordinarily well under Fenty, winning city contracts for everything from anti-youth-violence initiatives to $4.6 million for publicly funded housing projects that never materialized. Meanwhile, Moten was by far Fenty’s most enthusiastic supporter, taking on more and more responsibility for the campaign as it approached the September primary.

But by mid-2010 the cash for Peaceoholics had mostly been cut off by the D.C. Council, which was suspicious of Moten and his close ties to Fenty. In August of that year, Washington City Paper reported that Peaceoholics was broke and the Fenty administration was quietly trying to find $400,000 for the group from the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services and the D.C. Children & Youth Investment Trust Corporation. Ward 6 Councilmartyr Saint Tommy Wells, then head of the Council’s human services committee, said publicly that he was not going to allow those payments to happen, and indeed, they did not. But that same month, Peaceoholics began receiving $54,714.80 a month from Forney for what his invoices say was a “violence prevention/job readiness initiative.”

Forney says a couple of incidents of youth violence at the new Deanwood center, including someone shooting out a window, led the Fenty administration to push for extra community outreach projects. He says officials from the Office of the Deputy Mayor of Planning and Economic Development asked him to add violence prevention and job training programs to his contract. Forney says they also suggested contractors for him to use, including Peaceoholics.

Another $120,000 went to the Congress Heights Community Training & Development Corp., whose executive director, Monica Ray, starred in a Fenty campaign ad. And Banneker Ventures, a project management company owned by Fenty fraternity brother Omar Karim that oversaw several park construction projects, billed the city an extra $10,000 a month to help manage the community outreach portion of Forney’s contract. A spokesman for DMPED says the city has already paid Banneker.

As for Peaceoholics, Moten says the money was put to proper use and that there was nothing wrong with how his group was paid: “Why shouldn’t a contractor give back to the community after making so much money?”

And Forney, who added a 10 percent markup for management to the community outreach contracts in his invoices to the city, says he also doesn’t see anything wrong with the District using a construction contract to fund politically connected organizations that have nothing to do with construction.

To the contrary, he says Fenty showed true leadership by cutting through red tape to address a pressing problem. “The violence was real, it was happening, sometimes you act, you put things in place instantly,” says Forney, adding that there were no other instances of violence at Deanwood while those community outreach contracts were awarded through the end of 2010.

Forney says he fully expected to be reimbursed for payments for the grand opening and the community outreach programs. After all, he says, he was doing what the city asked him. “It was DMPED employees who told us what to do on every occasion, from start to finish,” Forney says.

Emails obtained by LL through the Freedom of Information Act back this up. In July 2010, Forest Hayes, then director of operations for DMPED, emailed back and forth with Jesus Aguirre, then director of the Department of Parks and Recreation, about Forney’s role providing community outreach programs at Deanwood. Aguirre initially resisted the idea, saying, “programming we’ll keep in house.”

Wrong! Hayes replied: “Not trying to get in your way get out of our lane. However, Neil has instructed me to move forward.” That “Neil” is almost certainly former City Administrator Neil Albert.

Other emails show that in November 2010, Hayes emailed an assistant and told her to call Forney and have him bring a $5,000 check to the Deanwood Cowboys, a youth football team. Hayes, who is now working for the city of Gary, Ind., did not respond to requests for comment. Neither did Fenty.

So fault Forney if you like for having poor judgement as to what’s an acceptable part of a construction contract. But $703,083 seems like a high price to pay for following orders.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

Comments

  1. #1

    Good reporting.
    Regardless of how one might feel about these expenses, it's amazing that Geay's lawyer, Nathan, would try to hide behind the council. Not only will he certainly lose, but the 0.001% chance that he wins comes at the cost of a serious curtailment of executive power.

  2. #2

    There is never too much coverage like this. Shame, name, expose away, please. Excellent work.

  3. #3

    I partially agree with Drez,

    And it is about time regarding the reporting.
    However, when you compare the cost of Drez' gripe about executive power to the cost of taxpayers feeding the Fenty Gang of thieves, there is no comparison. The way I hear it from former insiders, this is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. The arrogance of some of the people testifying before the Cheh committee about $millions was insulting.

    It was evident that some of them were very concerned about being caught up in a criminal investigation. The long arm of the law also has a LONG memory and I wouldn't be sleeping well if I had been a part of this or any of the other nefarious activities perpetrated by Nickles, Fenty, etal. That includes Mrs. Fenty and development deals she was a part of. Trinidad was it? ....Not far enough, Miss Lady.

    The deals are shady, they were authorized by Fenty and I believe the AG (who by the way is not 'Gray's lawyer', but the District of Columbia's lawyer) is mandated to investigate shady deals authorized by then Mayor Adrian Fenty.

    A bit confused by Drez' curtailment statement, but IMO one glaring example of the abuse of executive power was
    when pouty Fenty went after then Chair of the Council, Vince Gray about a fence that had already been erected around his personal property at no cost to the city. Not sure how that turned out, but in video of protesters outside Gray's home last week, it appeared the fence was intact.

  4. #4

    Gray took the fence down, because it was illegal (height) and installed without permits. The guy at the company who did the install was mysteriously transferred to a corporate branch in NY and made himself unavailable for comment.
    When Gray got elected mayor, he had the police declare the fence a necessary security and it was reinstalled on the taxpayers' dime.
    IMO it was never Fenty that went after the fence. The story never suited their purposes. Rather I think it was Team Gray.
    By the way, to the extent that the AG represents the District of Columbia, he is in fact Gray's lawyer. Gray is the head of the administration that is elected to run the city.

  5. #5

    Hee Hee. This is just the way the Fenty administration rolled! Good riddance.

  6. #6

    Gray took the fence down, because it was illegal (height) and installed without permits.

    When Gray got elected mayor, he had the police declare the fence a necessary security and it was reinstalled on the taxpayers' dime.

    Don't you just love the selective reasoning here? The Mayor "forced" police to declare the fence necessary. And your evidence that it was not necessary is what again?

  7. #7

    and now his girl bowser is running for mayor. so all these same people and more will reap the benefits you and i won't. sad but that is what is called dc politics.

  8. #8

    Excellent story, LL. Exhibit A for why the entire DMPED should be abolished and their budget zeroed out (except for the Office of Planning). Also shows the fecklessness of our Attorney General, who seems to have an excess of free time for fly-specking tiny construction invoices amounting to a half million bucks, and interfering in Board of Election hearings, but no time for the litigation necessary to collect scores of millions of dollars in back taxes evaded by commercial property developers who orchestrated a massive fraud with the help of the CFO's property tax appraiser, and no interest in the litigation necessary to collect other dozens of millions of dollars wasted on school food contracts, Medicaid managed care organizations, you name it ....

  9. #9

    Forest Hayes is also one of Fenty's Frat brother's from Howard University...

  10. #10

    @Drez: Nitpicking semantics: That makes the AG Fenty's lawyer, my lawyer, your lawyer.....Damn, so why do I have to pay whenever I need a lawyer if the AG is my lawyer? Bet Vince Gray wishes the AG WAS his lawyer so he wouldn't have to pay Bennett.

  11. #11

    It would be nitpicking semantics if the AG represented VG in his personal legal matters, which as you point out he does not. What he does is represent the administration's position and, since the administration is led by Mayor Gray, my point is not nitpicking semantics, but rather the plain truth.

  12. #12

    @#9: Forest Hayes, Neil Albert, and all those other flunkies at DEPMED are checking on The Dominican Republic
    extridition laws.

    To be honest with you, even though the above mentioned are no longer in DC Government for the most part. What's done is done, and unless there was some egregious criminal activity going on, I think the man should be paid because he was following orders.

    On the other hand, where are all of the haters who want to put sitting politicians in jail for what has gone on in DC for the last 10 years at least? Probably even longer. Just another cast of players.

  13. #13

    Semantically speaking, Drez: What ever you say, Slim.

  14. #14

    $600K WAS ALLOCATED BECAUSE SOMEONE SHOT OUT A WINDOW?
    DID DC POLICE EVER FIND OUT WHO SHOT OUT THE WINDOW BECAUSE I HAVE A FEW SUSPECTS IN MIND!!! SO MINOR VANDALISM SETS IN MOTION A MILLION DOLLAR SPENDING SPREE? NOW I SEE WHY THEY COULDN’T PAY SUMMER JOB WORKERS BECAUSE THE CASH WAS FLOWING IN A DIFFERENT DIRECTION. IT IS ALSO BECOMING QUITE CLEAR THAT FAGGIE FENTY WAS WAY IN OVER HIS HEAD MORE WAYS THAN ONE.

    THE WORST MAYOR DC EVER HAD WAS PASSING OUT CHEESE AND DOUGH LIKE HE WAS SOME SORTA PIZZA MAGNATE. ONE OF THE QUESTIONS ASKED IN WASHCITYPAPER’S ANSWERS ISSUE WAS “WHY IS THERE NO MAFIA IN DC?” SEWERMAN’S ANSWER WAS THERE WERE NO ITALIANS. NEWSFLASH! ITALIANS DO NOT A MAFIA MAKE IT IS THE CRIMINAL ENTERPRISES THAT DO. I SUBMIT TO YOU THAT THE FENTY ADMINISTRATION IN ITS TOTALITY WOULD QUALIFY AS A MAFIA ALBEIT A FAILED ONE.

    DOWNTOWN RESIDENT IS STILL FIGHTING THE FIGHT FOR THAT SORRY ASS MUTHA FUCKA. I SEE YA SON! I LOVE HOW YOU TRIED TO MAKE THIS WELL WRITTEN PIECE BY ALAN SUDERMAN ABOUT GRAY AND NATHAN WHEN THERE ARE OTHER NAMES IN BOLD. MY ONLY BEEF IS THAT THIS ARTICLE IS A BIT TARDY WHEN YOU CONSIDER THE CORRUPTION THAT WAS EXPOSED IN THE LATTER PART OF THE FAILED FENTY ADMIN.

    SO THOMAS GOES TO JAIL FOR MISHANDLING FUNDS FOR CHILDREN WHEN THESE FOOLS WERE CONSTANTLY FUNNELING ILLEGITIMATE INVOICES FOR THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS WITH POCKET LINING MARKUPS THRU THE RECREATION DEPT AND PASSING IT OFF AS SOME SORT OF ANTI-YOUTH VIOLENCE INITIATIVES BUT TOSS YOUTH FOOTBALL ORGANIZATION ONLY $5K AS IF WAS SCRAPS FROM A TABLE! THATS THAT BULLSHIT RIGHT THERE.

    YO DREZ RIDDLE ME THIS; WHY ANY OF THESE BAMMA ASSES MOFO’S ISN’T BEHIND A TALL LEGAL FENCE ENDORSED BY THE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND PAID FOR BY THE TAXPAYERS? HUH???

    one city.

  15. #15

    Fenty=Gray, Gray=Fenty

  16. #16

    Mr. crap, pardon the expression but you are full of what you cut. There is absolutely no comparison to Gray and Fenty when it comes to the above article. AND YOU KNOW IT.

  17. #17

    noodlez
    Because no AG or USAO has ever charged and prosecuted them.
    Unlike, Thomas, Brown, and maybe soon-to-be your boy Gray.
    Who, by the way, saw fit to keep employed a number of the players in this little drama.

  18. #18

    noodlez
    Riddle me this:
    Why after 2 years hasn't there been a single photo op or hoot press event between the President and VCG?
    For comparison, the President and previous mayor had several.

  19. #19

    @Drez: Your selective trite responses are amusing. You know exactly what it is that noodlez is asking you, yet you pussyfoot around the issue and offer obvious answers. Duh!!! It's a known fact they aren't behind 'fences' because they have not been charged. YET.
    The real question is WHY HAVENT'T THEY BEEN CHARGED??????

    I can't speak for noodlez but it was probably a rhetorical question anyway.

  20. #20

    That's no riddle Drez. That's a lie.
    There was a picture of Mayor Gray and President Obama sitting at a table in the White House.

    As to why there are not more, it probably has something to do with the haters' attempt to tie Gray to some criminal activities relted to somebody even Obama had received donations from.

    As to Fenty's and Obama's 'several photo ops', betcha bottom dollar Fenty wouldn't be allowed to get anywhere near any politician now. His next photo op just might be a mug shot.

    And again, it is a known fact that the collective money involved in the Fenty heists is much more by millions than that involving Thomas, Graham, Thompson, Gray and others (if the latter do get charged).

    Wrap your head around that Drez. It's a known fact regardless of whether or not Machem sticks his head in the sand because this shit has put him between a rock and a hard place considering all the pols involved.

  21. #21

    @ well!
    Obama has not and will not appear with Gray. He's smarter than getting his picture taken with a democrat mayor facing indictment. If gray happens to be in a group with many others, well, that's a different thing and you know it.
    In other words, Pix or it didn't happen.
    @mizwillis
    You need to answer your own question. You won't like my answer, which is: Gray is a crook, Fenty is not. So, please, I'd love to hear your reason stated as plainly as I stated mine.

  22. #22

    @DOWNTOWN RESIDENT-PHOTO OP???
    SLIM I KNOW YOU JUST DIDN'T GET AT ME ABOUT A PHOTO OP.

    THAT BI-CURIOUS SORRY ASS MUTHA FUCKA WAS SO BUSY CUTTING RIBBONS, RIDING HIS BIKE, TAKING PICTURES AND PASSING OUT ALL THE TAXPAYERS MONEY THAT HE NEVER FOUND TIME TO DO ANY GOT DAMN WORK.

    WHAT DID ALL THOSE PICTURES GET OL' FAGGIE FENTY?
    WAIT FOR IT . . . . . . . IT GOT HIS PUNK ASS FIRED.

    ON THE FLIPSIDE MAYOR GRAY IS BUSY WORKING TRYING TO PUT THE CITY BACK ON TRACK AFTER YOUR BOY FUCKED IT UP AND I DOUBT VERY SERIOUSLY THAT HE IS ALL THAT CONCERNED ABOUT A PICTURE WITH THE PRESIDENT.

  23. #23

    Now wait one damn minute Drez. I might be old and need my bifocals more and more, but I know damn well I saw a picture of Mayor Vincent Gray and President Barack Obama sitting at a table at the White House in their shirt sleeves (I think), but I know a picture exists.

    Why don't one of you whippersnappers google the picture and post the link for this anal retentive jerk?

    And I agree, I doubt either Gray or Obama cares about photos with one another. They work two blocks from each other and if you think there is no contact between the White House and sitting Mayors in DC you are more stupid than your typed words portray. Especially considering the common demographic.

  24. #24

    Drez, there you go again.
    What is your definition of a crook?
    Someone who gave orders to funnel out illegal funds to ignorant unqualified cronies, or one who made the mistake of trusting old friends to do delegated responsibiities?

    But any way you look at it, there is no comoparison to the job Fenty did in four years and What Mayor Gray has accomplished in two. Yes, he probably did keep some of Fenty's people. I don't do Mayor so I can't question his motivation. But so far, the system is working just fine in spite of the challenges he is facing. Fenty ran for the hills when the going got rough. Didn't even show up at events he was scheduled to attend toward the end of his term. Probably couldn't stand the heat or the booing.

    Is that plain enough for your pea brain?

  25. #25

    LOL
    Yeah, that's right, Gray's working too hard for the good citizens of DC to meet with the President. That's the ticket.
    You all too funny.

  26. #26

    Earth to Drez

    If you type 'Photos of Mayor Vincent Gray and President Barack Obama in the google box, you'll see at least three picures of the two and one picture of Gray exiting the White House.

    Can you say, "Opps, I made a boo boo"?

  27. #27

    Oh, and mizwillis
    You forgot to answer your own question.
    My answer is: Gray is a crook, Fenty is not
    What's yours?

  28. #28

    Nope. Link please.

  29. #29

    That picture flap tore your ignorant behind with me.
    You don't deserve any more responses from me. I think you do something dirty when I hit chu back.

    I saw the pictures and they prove you to be very uninformed.

  30. #30

    Bullshit, and you know it.
    I invite any doubters to do search for the photos and news articles themselves.
    There are no articles or photos where Obama meets with Gray. Because Obama hasn't and won't. Because Gray is a crook and Obama knows it.
    Sure, you can find a photo or two that Gray photo bombed Obama, but you could also Google "Suliamon Brown Obama" and get a picture.
    But, hey, that's your standard so whatever. Right?

  31. #31

    Drez, mizwillis wont respond, but I will.
    If you read your posts you will find them to be ambiguous.
    I won't bother to point out the discrepancies here, but there a several examples.

    No, it is not 'Bullshit' that President Barack Obama and Mayor Vincent Gray are sitting in shirt sleeves at a table in the White House.

    No, it is not 'Bullshit' that the two are standing next to one another in another photo.

    No, it is not 'Bullshit' that the two are on stage together.

    No, it is not 'Bullshit' that there is a picture of Mayor Gray leaving the White House.

    I accepted your invitation not because I doubted anyone, but because I knew I had seen those pictures before and you state in your latest comment that there are "NO" articles or photos where the President meets with Gray because 'he hasn't and won't.

    I take it as an insult that you presume to know who the President will and will not see and/or take photos with. Is your allegiance to Fenty blinding your common sense?

    What is the problem with you, Sir? How can anyone take you seriously when you refuse to accept that you were wrong in the face of proof the photographs exist?

  32. #32

    Damn, Drez

    You makin' my day, dawg.
    Now I have a little sumpin', sumpin' to discuss with my staff and clients regarding the Fenster, Gray and old Buck Stopper himself. Actually got em hookin' up on the internet to see you make a damn fool of yourself.

    YOU'RE FAMOUS, DREZ. They don't even care if it is the City Paper blog they're accessing. See, I use this little forum to get my peeps to be more civic minded. It's like reading a gossip column, but it is still reading; and getting them to discuss what they read is my objective.

    OOOPS, Gotta go. It's A Jungle Out There.

  33. #33

    Lol
    Notice how they huff and they puff but they can't post any links or pics.
    Distract, deflect, deny.

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  37. #37

    You go to the link, Drez.
    It's there.
    You post it.

    Ain't no four footed huffin' and puffin' wolves in the jungle I live in. Ain't no three little pigs, Goldilocks or Li'l Red Riding Hood either.

    Just ONE CITY advocates who appreciate President Barack Obama and Mayor Vincent Gray. What we do not appreciate is lying/in denial creeps who have their heads up their asses instead of using the ability they say they possess to research their posted statements.

  38. #38

    Yeah, those are great photos. Reminds me of this:
    http://dcist.com/attachments/dcist_martin/sulaimon%20brown.JPG
    Can anyone say PHOTOBOMB!?!
    Y'all really pathetic, aren't you?

  39. #39

    Give it up, Drez.
    The only thing pathetic is your grasping for straws.
    Is that sillymon photo an example of what you refer to as a 'photo bomb'?

  40. #40

    TIME THE FUCK OUT!!!!

    THE DOWNTOWN RESIDENT IS ATTEMPTING TO DISTRACT FOLK FROM THE REAL ISSUE HERE WHICH IS THE WORST MAYOR DC EVER HAD WAS SPENDING MONEY THRU THE REC DEPT LIKE THOMAS WAS SKIMMING THRU THE CHILDRENS TRUST. THOMAS WAS TRYING TO POINT THIS OUT BUT NICKELS FLIPPED IT ON HIM DICK CHENEY STYLE.

    SO THEY SWEAT THE SMALL SHIT AND GO AFTER THOMAS BUT LET THIS COORDINATED HEIST LINGER ON TO OBLIVION. WHERE ARE THE FEDS AND/OR NATHAN WITH THIS??? A WHOLE LOT OF MONEY CHANGED HANDS SO THERE HAS TO BE A TRAIL! THOSE COST OVERRUNS CAN BE DIRECTLY TRACED TO JOKERS PADDING INVOICES FOR SOME BULL SHIT ASS MANAGEMENT FEE THAT COULD HAVE BEEN AVOIDED BY SOMEONE IN DC GOVT DOING THE WORK.

    NOW I KNOW WHY THE FENSTER WANTED OUT! HE DIDNT WANT TO WIN A 2ND TERM BECAUSE HE LOST CONTROL OF THE SPENDING AND HE DIDN'T MAN UP TO THE PRESSURE HE WAS RECEIVING FROM HIS BUTT BUDDIES THAT WANTED TO EAT AT THE TABLE OF THE DC GOVT COFFERS.

    SEWERMAN WAS SO BUSY TRYING TO TAKE DOWN SILLYMON BROWN'S LIL' SHACK EVERY 2 WEEKS WHEN HE COULD HAVE TOOK A WRECKING BALL TO THE FENSTER'S MONEY HOUSE.

    STAY FOCUSED PEOPLE!

  41. #41

    We second that emotion, noodlez. Check out #20. I, too, find it interesting that The Big Nick pulled A Big Dick (no pun intended) Cheney move on Thomas and sent him up the river or down, if you please.

    The real targets of Thomas' hearings sat there texting and sneering at the committee because they knew what was going to happen. Only two of them really showed concern. One even through up a prayer to his Allah before testifying. The AA lady seemed a little worried, but the Hispanic chick thumbed her nose at the CM's over and over and over again.

    Looks like that matter should be looked into like the USAO is looking into campaign misdeeds. The money squandered by the Fenty/DPMED Gang totaled almost $100 million. The poor little Thomas scam netted him less than $1million. There is something wrong with that picture, Mr. Machem. I'm not saying that Thomas should not have been charged. Nor am I saying the campaign funding shouldn't be investigated. I'm just saying that in the scheme of things, the USAO is spending much more money to investigate campaign misdeeds than the money Thomas and other pols got, while completely ignoring $600k broken window? Machem's office is pulling a DeGenova move again.

    I personally believe the money spent attempting to investigate charges should be in sync with the misappropriated money in question.

    What LL/MM and people on this blog should be doing is demanding more investigations into ALL of the Fenty Heists.

    noodlez Rocks: WE DO NEED TO STAY FOCUSED, PEOPLE!

  42. #42

    Right, I'm the one playing the distraction game, noodlez.
    Riddle me this:
    Which recent Mayor was under Federal investigation for the majority of their term and had top level staffers plea guilty?
    Seems like your beef is with Machen, not drez. But if in your universe HTJ is a wronged saint, well I guess I can see why you're confused.

  43. #43

    During the M-Th morning, afternoon and (lately) into the evening hours of our old coot collaboration @ our favorite spot, it had beem determined that Mayor Fenty did not want to be re-elected.

    Now that #41 mentions it, things are becoming much more clear. We decided yesterday that there was merit to our speculation. Fenty knew how close he had come to being in Thomas' spot and opted out thinking it would save his sorry behind. I DON'T THINK SO, PLAYAH!!!

    Most of our group of old coots found out the hard way that Johnny Law has a very long memory and now has a computer full of instantly accessible information on one's sorry criminal ASS.

    Look out Fenty/Nickles Wanna-Be-Gangsters. They are onto you and your foul deeds. Hope you saved some of that loot and lawyered up. Trouble is, one or two of those lawyers you creeps used might be in lock-up with you.

    Beware again, the lawyers hip to the situation and know the firsr ones to talk get the best deal. Take a hint.

  44. #44

    If my comment gets past moderation it looks like 41 has now become 40 for some odd reason.

  45. #45

    @OG/OT..That moderation is strange. I had a benign comment (on a different link remain) in the queue although multiple comments followed. Go figure.

  46. #46

    I would like to commend the CP for bring this matter to the attention of your readers. The WP use to uncover questionable activities by previous administrations in making decisions that cross the line of being reasonable. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to understand that contributions to political cronies hiding behind non-profit organizations benefited from the funds that were dispensed by Mr. Forney during an election year (2010).
    Since the funds were not part of the construction budget for the Deanwood Recreation Center, it appears that who ever at the Deputy Mayor/Economic Development requested Mr. Forney to make the payments didnot have the authority
    to and if so,they should of pay him before the former mayor left office. I think that the US attorney should add this matter to the list of investigations.

  47. #47

    LOL: How much did Moten give back to the community after making so much money?????

  48. #48

    All of you are full of BITCHASSNESS!

  49. #49

    'BITCHASSNESS!': Sounds like a word 'dot?' might be practicin for when his bitch ass is full in da joint with Miss Monkey.

  50. #50

    At least the money that went to Peaceoholics was well spent! If I'm not mistaken, they were cleared of any wrongdoing. I wholeheartedly support giving tax dollars to organizations that are effective and productive! It's unfortunate they got caught up in a political trap! DC is the only metropolitan city that doesn't have an Office of Violence Prevention....and you wonder why crime is rampant in certain parts of the city!

  51. #51

    If Bince is serious about crime in this city, it would behoove him to start funding grassroots organizations that work with our youth instead if sitting in offices downtown making policies. The strategies employed by Peaceoholics are still be used throughout the country. I hate that they disbanded, I'm sire they could help MPD stop the rock throwing at buses!

  52. #52

    @well!
    Yeah, the Suliamon (not Sillymon, as it turns out...) photo is a classic photobomb.
    Obviously he and Obama have nothing together. He just imposed himself into a place where a photo could be taken. but in the big picture he's nothing to Obama.
    Mostly the same is true with VCG and Obama. The one photo duh found where it looks like they actually met and talked had them sitting on opposite sides of a table big enough that one end was in the east wing and the other on the west.
    There's a very real message in that image. And if duh doesn't get it, well whoever duh is picked an appropriat name.
    Sad. But there it is.

  53. #53

    Drez, you are pathetic:

    YOU are the Duh in this scene.
    YOU said there were not photos of POTUS and Gray.
    YOU said it would never happen and IT HAD ALREADY.
    YOU said 'it looks like they actually met and talked'.
    (Guess you think Gray had the power to PhotoOp THAT).
    YOU obviously hadn't done your homework before hangin your ass out there the be spanked.

    WTF difference does the size of the table make? There was a head of the table and a foot of the table and obviously the Mayor was a guest and sat opposite from his host. The suit jackets were next to each other and there was food between the two men.

    The two are LEADERS, Drez, not LOVERS. That you cannot accept Vince Gray's victory over former Mayor Fenty reveals your serious character flaws and a serious lack of sensibility. Sorta like the haters who CANNOT accept the fact a Black Man is in The White House AGAIN.

    Strange as it might seem, I think SILLYMON would win in an integrity contest with you.

    By continuing to interact wirh you, my own issues are hanging out there. Good Luck Drez. I'm gonna find someone more challenging to fuck with.

  54. #54

    Take your ball and go home, then.
    Gray's ethical entanglements have made him personna non grata at the WH. That much is abundantly clear, and was reinforced by his pathetic "participation" in the inaugural parade.

  55. #55

    @COMMENT #42-WHAT??? CHAMP YOU SHADOWBOXING RIGHT NOW.

    YOUR LOVE AFFAIR WITH THE WORSE MAYOR DC EVER HAD IS STARTING TO LOOK LIKE KRIS HUMPHRIES HOLDING ON AND DRAGGING SHIT OUT. DOGG LET THAT SHIT GO!!!! IT’S NOT A GOOD LOOK AND IT AINT HELPIN YOUR COMMENTING CREDIBILITY HERE ON WCP.

    HARRY WAS WRONG AS A MUTHA FUCKA, HE KNEW IT AND DESERVED WHAT HE GOT BECAUSE HE KNEW BETTER ESPECIALLY FROM WHENCE HE CAME. MY BEEF WAS WITH FOLK MAKING A BIG DEAL OF THE AMOUNT OF MONEY WHEN IT WAS A DROP IN THE BUCKET COMPARED TO WHAT FENTY AND HIS COHORTS PLAYED MIDDLEMAN FOR.

    LOOK BROTHER MACHEN GOTTA DO WHAT HE GOTTA DO. ALL I’M SAYING IS THE GRAND THEFT THAT THEM JOKERS PERPETRATED SHOULD CARRY MORE WEIGHT AND AT THE VERY LEAST BE LOOKED AT THAN THE PETTY INANE SHIT THAT THOMAS, KWAME, ET AL WAS GUILTY OF.

    DUDE YOU WENT FROM NATHAN TO MAYOR GRAY’S FENCE TO PICS OF MAYOR GRAY NOW TO SOME DUMB BAMMA ASSES THAT HAD NO BIZNASS DOING WHAT THEY DID AND BETRAYING MAYOR GRAY’S TRUST. YO DREZ YOU ALL ALONE LOOKING LIKE TOM HANKS IN CAST AWAY ON THIS ONE AND THE ONLY WHO IS HEARING YOU RIGHT NOW IS WILSON!

    !YTIC ENO

  56. #56

    Drez, Fenty is gone and isn't going to return. It appears Michelle has read those tea leaves, packed up and hit the road, Jack.

  57. #57

    ALLOW ME TO INTERJECT!!

    It is painfully obvious that Drez is a JOKE and should no longer be included in ADULT dialogue! For SHE is a clown, dumb, remedial, sissified, petty, antagonistic, narcissistic, flat out FENTY syncophant who swallows his own defecate!!

    Certified nutjob who when checkmated, flips the board and says "IT WAS AN ACCIDENT", coward!!!

  58. #58

    ad hominems discredit you all more than me.
    But if that's what you got, might as well run with it, right?
    One City, Zero sense.

  59. #59

    PS. Please be sure to send me pix the next time (HA!) Gray and Obama meet.
    Bonus points if the pic shows them within 10 feet of each other.

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