Fenty Staying at Obama/Biden Hotel
DENVER -- One of the questions heading into the convention is what Mayor Fenty, who was not asked to deliver a convention speech, would get for his early endorsement of Barack Obama. Now we know at least one thing: Fenty is staying this week at the Westin hotel, the home base for Obama and his vice presidential running mate Sen. Joe Biden.
D.C. Wire told you last week that Fenty was considering an alternative to the Crowne Plaza, which is where the D.C. delegation is based. One source said the mayor was trying to get away from the hubbub of the delegation headquarters so he'd have time to "run the city" by phone; another source said Fenty was feuding with D.C. Democratic Party Chairman Anita Bonds.
Turns out, the mayor's staff had been trying to work out the details with the Obama campaign that would put Fenty in the prime real estate. (D.C. Democratic Party spokesman David Meadows, who popped over to the Westin today, reports that he saw Tony Bennett holding court at The Palm restaurant on the ground level of the hotel.)
Though he will be close to the seat of power, Fenty missed out on being able to chat up Va. Gov. Tim Kaine and former Va. Gov Mark Warner, who are both at the Crowne Plaza with the Virginia delegation, which is also staying there.
Va. Gov. Tim Kaine, until recently being considered for vice president, pauses for a picture on his way out of the Crowne Plaza to go biking with his son on Sunday.
David A Nakamura
August 25, 2008; 1:42 AM ET
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