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Frustration With Fenty Grows Among D.C. Delegation

DENVER -- The theme of the DNC is unity and reconciliation between Obama and Clinton supporters, but the relationship between Mayor Fenty and many of the D.C. delegates is growing more strained by the day. Delegates are griping privately that Fenty has gone out of his way not to spend time with them.

The list of grievances is growing longer: Fenty is at a different hotel, he was late to a voting rights rally, he was tardy to the roll call vote (as reported by Washington City Paper), he has not sat with the delegation in the Pepsi Center.

According to two well-placed sources, Fenty also blew off a scheduled appearance before the delegation at Wednesday's breakfast. The mayor told D.C. Wire that he went on a bicycle training ride that morning.

"This is his delegation," said delegate and former D.C. Council member Sandy Allen. "He should spend time with us."

Some delegates report that Fenty's standoffishness has become a hot topic among them. It might get hotter. D.C. Wire noticed the mayor's political adviser John Falcicchio at a late night concert by Kanye West and Jamie Foxx that began at 12:30 a.m. Thursday. Although the Wire did not see the mayor in the crowded nightclub, a District resident who was there reported running into Fenty.

We'll see if Fenty makes Thursday morning's breakfast.

By David A Nakamura  |  August 28, 2008; 4:28 AM ET
Categories:  2008 Presidential Race  
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Wiggins Watch, Day 13:

When will the Washington Post report on the dismissal of D.C. Rent Administrator Grayce Wiggins?

Her dismissal has much more effect on the lives of most D.C. residents than anything that happens in Denver.

Posted by: anon | August 28, 2008 7:29 AM | Report abuse

If face time with the Mayor is what the D.C. delegation is most concerned with (and from the sounds of your report, it is) then they really need to a) get over themselves and b) get their priorities straight.

Posted by: Adams Morgan | August 28, 2008 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Fenty is not only blowing off the DC Delegation, but his staff in the Executive Office of the Mayor treats constituents and their concerns as if we are the enemy.

The "child mayor" may well be looking for a new job after 2010. And it is not lost on the Obama's staff members who make DC their home that Fenty has been ignoring the interests of DC at the DNC Convention.

Posted by: DC Voter | August 28, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse

The convention is a convergence of Democratic leadership from all over the country and they want mayor Fenty who should be aggressively mingling with other states to secure voting rights and discuss leadership styles to hang with their self indulgent behinds.

Posted by: Get Over Yourself | August 28, 2008 6:48 PM | Report abuse

How much money did we waste sending him on another pleasure trip. He couldn't be there to cast the DC votes? He went on a bike ride and was late? Somebody please whisper in his ear the word recall!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

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