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Fenty Out of Town -- Again

Where in the world is Mayor Fenty?

Out of town, says the mayor's office.

Okay, where? we asked.

Personal trip, his spokeswoman said. She declined to elaborate.

When will he return to work? She didn't know.

In the wake of Fenty's controversial trip to the United Arab Emirates last month, it would beehove Fenty's office to perhaps be a bit more forthcoming.

What's your guess? Vacation to Jamaica? Fundraising jaunt to New York? Triathlon in another state? Leave a guess in the comments.

By David A Nakamura  |  March 26, 2009; 12:21 PM ET
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I can't believe he's gone again. He definately should have applied for a post with the president. He's a one and gone Mayor. You can bet that.

Posted by: edwardss447 | March 26, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

In Los Angeles giving Chris Brown advice.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | March 26, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

A trip to the toilet ... where his next campaign will be, along with all of his faux promises.

Posted by: gordonj1 | March 26, 2009 2:16 PM | Report abuse

They wanted a non-spritual dominant alpha male father figure. They got him!!!

Posted by: starclimber9 | March 26, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

He went to Philly as a guest of the mayor to March Madness. According to Fenty, he does not have to discuss a trip that is not on his public schedule. However, he took a security detail with him. Therefore he is spending the public's money. At a time when mass layoffs are scheduled the last thing is needs to do is spend the public's money on a personal trip. Besides, he's safer away and would do us all a favor if he stayed away. His actions of using security is inappropriate. Everyone should be raising he//

Posted by: candycane1 | March 26, 2009 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Yes, he should go away and not come back. I wondered where he was this morning, since Channel 4's news was so much better without having him there lying through his teeth to the clueless and ever-smarmy Barbara Harrison. Now if NBC would just get rid of Harrison and Traci Wilkins, they'd have the best news show in town.

Posted by: blankspace | March 26, 2009 2:39 PM | Report abuse

You know that newspaper that the Fenty administration blocked from DC employees? They just reported that Reinoso appears to have been left in charge! Hope they left him a script/talking points! LMAO

Posted by: candycane1 | March 26, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

This guy is a bum. He ran as a new type of leader -- young and dynamic who would reflect the energies and aspirations of a younger generation. This guy is so drunk with power and influence, he's a few steps away from smoking crack in the Mayflower -- and he's not even getting half as much done as Mayor Barry did. What a bum. I have to agree, he's a one and done. I sure hope he enjoys the basketball at March Madness -- because the citizens of DC are sure getting the madness.

Posted by: blackmanhl | March 26, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

nice to see that other voters, besides me, see the worthlessness of this phony photo-op mayor we have! he'll never get my vote again.

Posted by: wpost36 | March 26, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

OUT TO LUNCH, literally.

Posted by: Computer_Forensics_Expert_Computer_Expert_Witness | March 26, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

He is a contradiction to everything his campaign platform was based on. It's amazing that he fooled so many voters. I knew he was bogus long before the election. Wherever he is, I hope that he stays. Better still, he can take Rhee, Reinoso and Lanier with him.

Posted by: Robmic812 | March 26, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Wow....thought I was the ONLY person who regretted voting for him... never again

Posted by: boo2 | March 26, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Who has determined that Fenty needs a security detail when he leaves DC? Fenty himself? Lanier? Or is it an ego thing to say that he has the detail? I really don't have a "dog in this fight" but someone should look at the "percs" afforded to all top officials to see if they truly are needed.

Posted by: FairfaxAl | March 26, 2009 4:16 PM | Report abuse

He is in the fine style of all the previous DC mayors and he is getting help from Obama who has discovered the joys of Camp David and AF 1.

When the Post gets finished cutting it's pages and overall news coverage we will be left with 16 pages of sports and full length photos of the chosen one.

Posted by: KBlit | March 26, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

I don't know whether he brought his security people or not. But, I find it comical when these DC mayors feel the need to bring security along. I'd bet he could walk along most any non-DC metro area in this country and not a soul would have an idea who he was. Even in DC I'd bet those security people are some bored folks.

Posted by: BigBubba1 | March 26, 2009 4:48 PM | Report abuse

D.C. voters/residents aren't paying attention to what Fenty is doing and not doing. Many of your uppity Ward 4 black voters in Shepherd Park, Crestwood, 16t Street Heights, and Takoma are too busy kissing up to Mayor Fenty to stay in his good graces to get invited to his functions and get low numbered tags.

Posted by: Ward4DC | March 26, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

On Security:

Fenty has dismissed his security detail while in the city. He drives himself everywhere.

Now, if he finds there to be no need for security here, where everyone knows him. Why does he need security in another city where nobody knows him. Fortunately, he isn't the face of Washington, D.C., that face belongs to the President of the United States.

This is a waste of taxpayer dollars in the midst of a recession, at a time when he is laying off District workers and cutting back on services.

This is yet another example that Fenty is in it for himself. If you voted for him, I hope you are taking notes. He is counting on the millions of dollars he has collected from out of town developers and business interests to land him back in office. Only the citizens that prove him wrong.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | March 26, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

I am glad WTOP is all over Fenty like white on rice, because Mayor Adrian Malik Fenty is a hypocrite. He will fall like the former Hip Hop mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.

Posted by: Ward4DC | March 26, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Count me among the people who will not vote for Fenty again.

I even donated to his campaign. How embarrassing.

Posted by: efavorite | March 26, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

During the middle of his first council term, my BS-meter detected his fraudulent "populism", as he selectively represented the communities in Ward 4. Three of his council staff members served on ANC4B, while they were employed in his office. Additionally, to further ensure his hamfisted influence on this grassroots elected body, he persuaded BOEE to reverse their decision to uphold a voter challenge of a 2002 special election to fill a vacant ANC4B seat. The BOEE legal counsel deemed the special election illegal, as it violated some provisions of the DC Code. At the 11th hour, and immediately after Fenty's Chief of Staff appeared to read his boss' letter into the hearing record, BOEE adjourned for what was supposed to be a 15 minute recess. The recess lasted more than 2 hours, after which they reconvened the hearing to announce a reversal of their decision and summarily dismiss the voters' challenge.

The rules, simply don't apply to him. As mayor, Fenty continues to be the arrogant and spiteful piece of work that he was as a council representative.

Posted by: logosdesigns | March 26, 2009 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Finally, people are beginning the see the man behind the shallow rhetoric.

I say it all the time, but it is well worth repeating. Adrian Fenty, as a practicing estate attorney, stole money from a dead old man's estate, deposited it into his personal account and did not return it until he got caught by the man's astute family who filed a complaint with the D.C. Bar Association. They took on the complaint. They found him guilty and sanctioned him. It is a matter of public record. Peter Nickles, the D.C. Attorney General, represented Fenty before the bar. His honor was yea close to losing his license to practice law.

THAT is the reason I don't like the man, he takes advantage of the vulnerable. That is not the type of person that should hold public office. Just my opinion.

Chief Cathy Lanier, can also speak to some of his moral issues. She was the Commander of the Fourth District MPD Station during his Council years. I wonder if she ever respond to the Fenty household on a call, or two, or three, and cover it up? Her subordinates at the station, at the time, can certainly answer that question. Find a retired 4th District MPD cop and you may well find the entire sordid story.

Some of these things were revealed during the mayoral campaign, and the District residents still voted for the man. So, I respectfully, acknowledged the will of the people.


I see him as a snake, not to be trusted. A back alley sheister posturing as a politician.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | March 26, 2009 6:51 PM | Report abuse

I’m praying that the mothership landed in his front yard and swooped him off into the galaxies! If his return flight to D.C. is scheduled within the next couple of days, and not eons from now, we must send him back in 2010!
My people, we can’t let this FRAUD blindside us again and bite into his forbidden government cheese. The repercussions from the first bite has left a bitter taste of gentrification, cronyism, tax fraud, mismanagement of taxpayers' dollars, union busting, and a total disregard and disrespect for we the people!
In 2010, Fenty, without a doubt, has to be on the receiving end of the people’s wrath and expelled from our beloved D.C.!

Posted by: dcnatives | March 26, 2009 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully in the near future, you people will be saying the same things about Obama that you are now saying about Fenty. Are they not two of a kind?

Posted by: AntiPost | March 26, 2009 10:40 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully in the near future, you people will be saying the same things about Obama that you are now saying about Fenty. Are they not two of a kind?

Posted by: AntiPost | March 26, 2009 10:40 PM


Don't count on it, Fenty is NO Obama. Obama is innovative, oratorical, SMART, and competant. Fenty is none of the above.

Obama's critics dislike his philosophy, Fenty's critics dislike his moral character.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | March 27, 2009 6:27 AM | Report abuse

Dear Anti-Post - hopefully "you people" will soon learn to distinguish between content of character and color of skin.

Posted by: efavorite | March 27, 2009 7:18 AM | Report abuse

It is depressing to see all of the harm Fenty has caused since becoming Mayor- therehas been an increase of homeless people and families, epidemic HIV infection, libraries that have been shuddered for years, crime increasing , etc. Meanwhile developers are still getting the handouts like never before.

Yes there is widespread anger towards Fenty and a lot of people who voted for him are disgusted. My worry is that come election time there will be a swath of candidates that will divide the anti-Fenty vote and as a result he will win. I am also very worried about there being a viable and acceptable candidate. I wouldn't vote for most of the current City Council members if they ran for Mayor, especially both Browns, Gray, Barry, Evans, Wells, Catania, Graham, Cheh, Bowser, Thomas, Alexander- wow that is almost all of them.

Anybody know of a person who is not in the pocket of developers or the rich??????

Posted by: letsbereal2 | March 27, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse


You are more than likely correct on the split vote working in favor of Fenty. In fact, I believe that he is depending on that being the case.

Unless a viable opponent arises, with charisma and name recognition across the city, we will be left with cursory candidates who are weak at best, corrupt at worse. Either way, Fenty will win nonetheless.

The time is now for the hardworking community advocate to rise up to challenge what has become the District's political thorn.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | March 27, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Where is Mayor Fenty? Oh, maybe he is in the Sudanese Capitol dining with its genocidal dictator, or in San Francisco, contriving how to classify D.C.’s AIDS epidemic as an HIV infection.

Posted by: eglobegus | March 30, 2009 3:41 AM | Report abuse

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