D.C. Delegation Throwdown: Fenty Seeks Alternative Convention Hotel
We told you in the pages of the Post this week about the infighting among the D.C. Democratic Party; now it seems the rivalries are going all the way to the top. Two sources tell D.C. Wire that Mayor Adrian M. Fenty is seeking an alternative hotel to the D.C. delegation's homebase at the Denver Crowne Plaza at the Democratic National Convention next week.
While D.C. Party Chairman Anita Bonds had been trying to dole out rooms for the 25 local delegates (there are also another 15 at-large superdelegates, some of whom will be staying elsewhere), Fenty has been looking at other accomodations. This comes even though Bonds has reserved him a suite at the Crowne Plaza as the head of the D.C. delegation.
Asked why Fenty wants to keep his distance, one source said the mayor will be busy hob-nobbing at the convention while also needing time to "run the city" by cell phone; therefore, that source continued, the mayor needs a place to escape lest he get bogged down with gladhanding.
Another source, however, put it in a more political light: He noted that Bonds did not support Fenty's mayoral bid, and that it took a lot of arm-twisting from Fenty to convince Bonds to support Barack Obama's presidential bid. (Bonds has said she made up her own mind to support Obama and that she needed no push from Fenty on the night she made her endorsement public.)
In any case, the situation calls to mind 2000 when then-Mayor Anthony A. Williams and wife Diane chose to stay in a downtown Los Angeles hotel at the convention, while the rest of the D.C. delegation was stuck in an airport hotel. Williams got a lot of grief from the locals about that choice, which played to his aloof reputation.
In an interview this week with D.C. Wire, Williams called that decision a "major faux pas."
"Why don't we just piss off the entire delegation?" Williams said, mocking his own thinking at the time. "In retrospect it was completely stupid."
David A Nakamura
August 20, 2008; 4:12 PM ET
Categories: 2008 Presidential Race
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