D.C. Wire Video: Fenty Opens Obama Office, Will Campaign in Cleveland and at Oberlin College
Mayor Fenty opened a D.C. campaign office for Barack Obama today, rallying about 200 Obama supporters near the intersection of 8th Street and Florida Avenue NW. The office is located in a three-story townhouse, which now features a mural of Obama painted by a volunteer hanging on the outside walls. The mayor knows the block well; he directed his mayoral campaign in a townhouse just two doors away. (It's now a hair salon.) In fact, the Fenty administration recommended the area to Obama, the mayor said.
"It's very centrally located," Fenty said. "So many different streets are right by here."
Fenty had helped celebrate the opening of an Obama office on Pennsylvania Ave. SE during the primary, but that was closed after the primary election. The new office will be run by John Bowman, former chief of staff to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), who told D.C. Wire he asked the Obama campaign for a chance to help out in the District.
Bowman told the crowd that the office will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on the weekdays; on weekends it will open at 11 a.m. The office is seeking volunteers to staff phone banks and do data entry, and the focus will be on Virginia, which is a potential swing state, Bowman said. He, Fenty and council members Kwame Brown and Muriel Bowser urged the crowd to go to Virginia and help knock on doors.
"I love knocking on doors! I love making phone calls! I even love fundraising!" Bowser cheered.
Bowman said the campaign office will have buttons, bumper stickers and yard signs by Monday afternoon, though the office will request a "small donation" from those seeking Obama gear.
Fenty, meanwhile, will hit the road again to stump for Obama, as he did during the primary. This weekend, the mayor is headed to the Cleveland area, where he'll speak at several canvassing kickoffs. He'll also make a stop at his alma mater, Oberlin College. It's not clear what other states Fenty will travel to for Obama; the mayor said it's up to the campaign to tell him where to go, but added he expects to be on the road several more times before Nov. 4.
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