Fenty's Denver Schedule: Triathlon, Voting Rights March; No Hillary, No Delegation Breakfast
DENVER -- Mayor Fenty, who had been in Denver over the weekend, returned here from Washington on Tuesday afternoon, after having been in the District for the first day of school Monday. But even though he landed around 3 p.m., the mayor decided not to hit the Pepsi Center last night to hear Mark Warner or Hillary Clinton speak. Instead, Fenty said he hung around the Westin, where he's staying, and "talked to some people," though he was not specific. (He did see President Jimmy Carter walking through the hotel.)
Fenty also did not come over to the Crowne Plaza for breakfast with the rest of the D.C. delegation this morning, which had some of the delegates muttering about his absence. When D.C. Democratic Party Chair Anita Bonds reminded the delegates to be on time to Invesco Field Thursday where Fenty would submit the delegates to Barack Obama, she said: "We don't want the mayor to be all alone." Someone shouted: "He's not here with us now!"
Fenty said he spent the morning doing a 45-minute bike ride, then having a bagel "by myself." The mayor has returned to his busy workout schedule after suffering injuries from a bike wreck last month. While in Denver over the weekend, he competed in the Steamboat Springs triathlon, the first time he has swum since the accident. (He said he feels better, but his times are still slower than they were at the beginning of the summer.)
Fenty said he would try to attend the delegation's breakfast tomorrow, though he did not commit to it firmly.
The mayor did show up at a D.C. voting rights rally and march at the Denver Mint at 10:30 this morning. Arriving about 15 minutes late, Fenty gave a short speech, then helped carry a banner through the streets back to the Crowne Plaza. After posing for some pictures and doing some interviews, he left. He said he would sit with the delegation at the Pepsi Center tonight.
Asked about the fliers being distributed by the D.C. labor unions angry with his administration (union boss Joslyn Williams said he was printing 30,000 of the flyers), Fenty said the handouts were "perfectlly consistent with the First Amendment. Everyone has a right to their opinion."
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