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DENVER--Guess who was a no-show for the D.C. Delegation breakfast again? Mayor Fenty, who went 0 for 4 this week. Fenty had a good excuse Monday and Tuesday when he was in D.C. But his absence has been the talk of the delegation the past two mornings.

Today, D.C. Democratic Party Chair Anita Bonds handed out a schedule that listed Fenty as guest speaker at the breakfast. But he never showed. When Bonds went around the room to thank elected officials, each got healthy applause. However, when she mentioned Fenty for "representing us across the city," there was silence.

Awkward!

Bonds finally said: "Let's hear it, c'mon, c'mon!" And she started banging the lectern to simulate a clap. Finally, there was a smattering of applause, but afterward there was a lot of griping.

UPDATED, 1:44 p.m.: Bonds said Fenty missed Wednesday's breakfast because he was doing a round of television and radio interviews, including with Fox News. (Council Chairman Vincent Gray missed today's breakfast because he was doing the Joe Madison Show.) As for today's breakfast, Bonds noted that Fenty was staying at the Westin, the hotel where Obama and Biden are set up, and suggested that Fenty must have been called on by the campaign to help.

By David Nakamura

By Nikita R Stewart  |  August 28, 2008; 12:37 PM ET
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Fenty is simply a disgrace..... It appears that he is above the DC delegation that as Mayor of DC he is the the leader and representative. Amazingly mind altering, what is on his mind?

Posted by: D.C. | August 28, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

If I were there I would not hang out with the DC Democratic State Committee. Notice how Gray missed as well.

It is more an opportunity to network with other states instead of seeing it as an internal party.

He is doing what he is suppose to be doing.

Posted by: All in the Mayor's Kool aid | August 28, 2008 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Network? He had all the rest of the morning, afternoon and evening to network. But, he should have participated with his delegation. It is and was a disrespectful snub no doubt.... His actions there will be echoed loudly when the delegation returns to dc and shares his behavior with residents of the city.

Posted by: Live mail | August 28, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

At least the Shadow Senator stepped up to make some noise on behalf of the District!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 10:39 AM | Report abuse

I have it from a good source that Fenty spent so much time admiring himself in his mirror that he was late for a lot of events. First things first.

Posted by: DC Voter | August 30, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

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