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.
David A Nakamura
August 28, 2008; 4:28 AM ET
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