Posts Tagged ‘The Undecided’

The Undecided: Night Moves Edition

September 8: Moten Mouths Off

Today’s Event: Ron Moten really needs to shut up. Or Mayor Adrian Fenty needs to cut him from the campaign as it's unofficial message man. In a Washington Times piece on how the candidates addressed the District's high unemployment rate, Moten stated that the mayor has assisted ex-offenders get into GED [...]

The Undecided: Mendo Mind Meld Edition

September 1: The Undecided Meets Mendelson

Today’s Event: I talk to At-Large Councilmember Phil Mendelson. I am getting a little nervous about my prolonged lean toward Adrian Fenty. I need someone to convince me that Vincent Gray will make the better mayor. My respect for Mendo could not be higher. He's as principled as any councilmember, [...]

The Undecided: Grilling Gray Edition

August 30: A Visit from Gray

Today’s Event: Mayoral frontrunner Vincent Gray meets Washington City Paper's staff. I walked away from the hour-long meeting wondering: So why should this guy be elected mayor? The guy clearly knows the issues and can speak in depth. But there was little sense of what specific things he'd do differently. [...]

The Undecided: Fenty Face-Time Edition

August 26: Hizzoner Visits!

Today’s Event: Mayor Adrian Fenty meets with Washington City Paper's staff for more than an hour. The big news: I do not freak out, scream, stomp and stammer Tourette's-style after one of the mayor's answers, non-answers, and well-rehearsed talking points. Not even when he claims the city's homeless services are a national [...]

The Undecided: Race to the Top Edition

August 24: Fenty Wins One

Today’s Event: D.C. and nine other states win the "Race To The Top" contest for federal education funding.  This is a bigger deal than any straw poll, especially a Ward 5 straw poll where voters are still confused over Michael Brown. This is a huge victory for Fenty—one that only helps [...]

The Undecided: Apology Tour Edition

August 23: Fenty promises to change

Today’s Event: Mayor Adrian Fenty embarks on a contrition tour, calling and visiting with former supporters, asking for their forgiveness for ignoring them in favor of his go-it-alone approach to governing. After a recent poll showed the incumbent losing to Vincent Gray, I guess he decided he had to start [...]

The Undecided: Poverty Politics Edition

August 19: Fenty Talks Poverty

Today’s Event: Mayor Adrian Fenty finally responds to Defeat Poverty DC survey. I've been waiting for him to address the District's faltering economy and for him to acknowledge the nonprofit sector beyond Peaceoholics. So he scores points just for playing along. Fenty provides forthright answers addressing unemployment (he touts job creation [...]

The Undecided: I Am a Peaceoholic Edition

Today’s Event: When it comes to Peaceoholics, Mayor Adrian Fenty ain't sweating the details. He tells a local community organizer he's sure Peaceoholics works because “I’ve met the kids, I mean, I don’t need any statistics." I wonder if he's interviewed the kids sitting in jail awaiting murder trials who've gone through a Peaceoholics [...]

The Undecided: Hired Help Edition

August 9: My Source Gets a Job

Today’s Event: I find out that a homeless father who is one of my favorite sources has been hired by Vincent Gray's campaign. When I first met the man, he'd been homeless for months, living with one of his young kids at D.C. General. He sent me photographs of [...]

The Undecided: Negative Ad Edition

August 12: Fenty Attacks!
Today’s Event: The mayor's negative ad drops, attacking Gray's record running the Department of Human Services in the early 1990s. One of my sources sends me a YouTube link to the ad with this angry note: "Does Fenty have room to talk here?" He apparently doesn't: In fact, Fenty doesn't talk at [...]