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Fenty Throws Council Another Curveball

For the second year in a row, D.C. Council members say Mayor Adrian M. Fenty is holding hostage the baseball tickets to their suite at Nationals Park.

This year, however, the Council is gearing up to try to take control of Suite 61.

Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) said the council was due 19 tickets to today's home opener, as Washington City Paper noted. According the city's agreement with the Nationals, Gray says, the Council has use of Suite 61 at Nationals Park, so members can take in games or distribute tickets to constituents. The Council suite is separate from Fenty's spacious permanent quarters at the ballpark.

Last year, Fenty came into possession of the council's tickets but apparently decided to hand them out only to select members with whom he got along. In a show of unity, all of the council members refused to accept tickets from Fenty.

The standoff lasted for a month, ending only after Attorney General Peter Nickles intervened and delivered the Council its full allotment of tickets. Now, with another baseball season underway, Gray said Fenty is once again refusing to hand over the tickets.

"Its deja vu," Gray said. "We were assured this fiasco would not happen again and here we are with no tickets. ... People want to see their city moving forward, and see the council and mayor working together, it's these kinds of issues that make it really difficult."

Fenty's staff did not immediately respond to a request for comment. It's unclear whether Fenty has distributed the tickets for Suite 61 to someone else or whether it's empty for today's home opener. Gray said he will write a letter to the Nationals today demanding that they void the tickets for Suite 61 that Fenty is holding.

"We know these tickets were intended for Council members," Gray said. "This will be an opportunity for them to correct their mistake."

Council member Kwame Brown (D-At Large) said he's considering going even farther. Brown said he might introduce legislation to put both the Council's and the Mayor's suites at the ballpark on the auction block.

"We should sell both boxes to the highest bidder and use the money to help with budget pressures," Brown said. "It's the people's boxes. It's the people's stadium. Why does the mayor get the boxes?"

By Tim Craig


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Hey, will Fenty do the same thing at DC United's new stadium?

Oh, yeah. Fenty hates soccer.

Posted by: bs2004 | April 13, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Fenty is with out a doubt the biggest POS in DC. He embarrasses the city daily. One can only hope the voters rectify the situation. Brown has the right Idea. The city is in no position to hold 2 boxes at the stadium. They should be forced to sell both and use the money for the services they've cut.

Posted by: askgees | April 13, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

What a disappointment Fenty is. Baseball tickets, the heavy handed approach to needed change in the public schools, a power grab re appointments to the Public Employee Relations Board. He is proving to be all arrogance and no leadership. Was I ever fooled.

Posted by: TG192575 | April 13, 2009 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Why would you sell them now, when their value is at rock bottom...although there doesn't seem to be an end in sight to the Nationals sucking.

Posted by: dude7 | April 13, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse

What on earth?

Hey, D.C. Councilmen: If you want to go to a Nationals game, then do what everyone else does: Get in your car, or use Metro, go the ballpark--AND BUY A TICKET, FOR GOD'S SAKE. Who made you any better than anyone else? No one. You're not any better than anyone else. If a city councilman wants to go to a baseball game, then buy a ticket, just like everyone. No D.C. city government office--ESPECIALLY A D.C. CITY GOVERNMENT OFFICE, FOR GOD'S SAKE--should have a free box at this ridiculous stadium, which most people are slowly learning to hate---only one year after it opened. This whole thing was one huge mistake. There's zero reason for any government official in D.C. to have free anything in connection with this place. None.

Posted by: thefrontpage1 | April 13, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

What an arrogant, out of touch, bunch of loser poseurs Fenty and his crew have turned out to be. Next thing he'll do is to demand the Nationals sign his sons to lucrative contracts and then cheat to make them look good.

Neil Albert and the whole crew are just a bunch of closeted apparatchiks and the forward momentum of the District has completely stalled and sputtered under their regime. While Albert struts and vogues Jemal is still running the show and DC is marching backwards.

Fenty has the Council's number though. Since they targeted Carol Schwartz there is nobody calling them on their corrupt games. Bring back Linda Cropp!

Note to Fenty - DO NOT CONFISCATE THE OBAMA'S DOG! - Get your own dog, then you'll have a friend.

Posted by: JackStar | April 13, 2009 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Some of the issue's and thing's that you have done to the D.C. Resident's, you are really a disappointment to a lot of people that voted for you and had a great deal of faith in you, you are making your chance's for reelection very slim or none at all, unless you make some change's for the people that voted for you.

Posted by: onesugar1 | April 13, 2009 5:34 PM | Report abuse

What a petty fellow. Personally, I'd rather see the tickets auctioned off to DC's kids every week rather than the Mayor play his games. It's ludicrous.

Posted by: cleanconscience | April 13, 2009 5:36 PM | Report abuse

The Boys and Girls Clubs are closing, the schools are some crap, and they're fighting over TICKETS TO THE NAT'S GAME!?!?!?!

What a sham!!! DC politics is simply a popularity contest... WHO CARES about the Nationals (aren't they the WORSE team in the league, right now)? And for our elected leaders to be bickering over seats that should go to CONSTITUENTS (as if) or some noteworthy organzation is at best PURE F*CKERY!

Posted by: pay-attention-dammit | April 13, 2009 5:55 PM | Report abuse

What a spoiled itchbay

Posted by: logosdesigns | April 13, 2009 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Last year, Fenty came into possession of the council's tickets but apparently decided to hand them out only to select members with whom he got along. In a show of unity, all of the council members refused to accept tickets from Fenty.

No offense to gay readers, but Fenty is such a sissified f#ggot. This reads like a childish girly game. The man is dern near 40 for goodness sake. I'm like, what the F', and this man is a Mayor. Whoa!!! D.C. You have MUCH house cleaning to do in 2010.

That this is even news during an economic recession is offensive. That the Mayor would even LET it become a story is moronic. Here we are in a city staring down a 400+ million dollar deficit, a cut in city services/programs and massive layoffs and this executive and these council members are AGAIN having a hissy fit over baseball tickets.

How about this, sell the whole damn stadium to the highest bidder.

Though Kwame lost 99.9% of any respect I had for him with his weak "present" vote to approve the attorney general, which made him look indecisive and un-mayoral like, he is right on this issue.

They need to sell these two suites because the children at the Wilson can't get along. Sell the ticket and send everyone to their rooms with no dinner.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | April 13, 2009 6:17 PM | Report abuse

To: thefrontpage1, you obviously didn't read the article. The issue isn't how should a councilman get tickets and get to the game.... the issue is the councilmen were given tickets to pass out to constituents and FENTY once again STOLE them. The Mayor has a box already that can hold a good number of people. The council also have a box that can hold a smaller number of people. FENTY has decided that he wants BOTH boxes and is keeping ALL of the tickets to BOTH boxes. That means he has at least a hundred tickets to give to HIS amily and friends ONCE AGAIN AT THE EXPENSE OF THE CITIZENS OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. I wish it was election time so I could cast my vote NOW!!!!

Posted by: my2centsis | April 13, 2009 6:34 PM | Report abuse

more and more fenty reminds me of sharon pratt dixon: all surface, no substance; a prima donna who can't hit the notes...

Posted by: natty-bumppo | April 13, 2009 7:39 PM | Report abuse

I voted enthusiastically for Fenty, but now I just want to puke because of his performance. This ticket thing is so small it does not deserve mention. Note also that I support Chancellor Rhee. But almost everything else the Big F has done has been putrid.

Posted by: axolotl | April 13, 2009 8:31 PM | Report abuse

It's not a curve ball. It's a screwball and the screwball is Fenty. Fenty is obviously seeing himself as royalty at this point. He is royal but it would be of the A-hole variety.

Posted by: hz9604 | April 13, 2009 8:48 PM | Report abuse

And he's done the same thing to the taxicab commission. He's illegaly usurped all the powers of the commission and refuses to allow any of the commissioners to have any say on any taxicab rates, rules, or regulations. He's formed a liason with Leon Swain as his operative and together, they are running an absolute dictatorship backed by the ideology and manipulative interpretation of the law by Peter Nickles. And Jim Graham knows what's going on, but it is beyond his power to do anything.

Posted by: starclimber9 | April 13, 2009 8:58 PM | Report abuse

I am one person that is sick and tired of hearing Council and the mayor bicker back and forth over tickets to the Nationals Baseball games. How ridiculous and immature. Can't you guys come up with something more important that arguing over who gets tickets and when? Don't you think you might be able to find something more important, something that might perhaps benefit the citizens of the District of Columbia. I agree with an earlier poster, why not get in your car, and go over to National's Stadium and just buy your own tickets. Fenty didn't even support the project, and now as Mayor he plays games with the tickets. As Chair of the Council, can't Gray find something more important to use both his time and energy on? Come on folks let's get with the program and accomplish something positive!

Posted by: | April 13, 2009 9:23 PM | Report abuse

People are dying in the streets-
People are starving worldwide-
Unemployment is so high east of the river its like Detroit.
The worlds a tough and cruel place for many.


The only thing Ive heard out of all this bickering that is true or fact is that the Nationals suck. That is fact. No pitching, no fielding, no Stars to love. They just plain old suck.

Cant blame the mayor for that though- or the fact the we cant get a decent meal and or beer anywhere near that place. 600 hundred million spent, which Fenty did not support as a council member and still not a cool joint to hang in for miles near that place.

The only consolation is that 15 or 20 years from now when 112 years old it will thriving like the Verizon Center!!!

Posted by: gladtoliveindc | April 13, 2009 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Washingtonpost please take note, the citizens of this city are deeply concerned and disappointed in the boy wonder mayor!

Posted by: oknow1 | April 13, 2009 10:54 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, you don't see Maryland General Assemblymembers fighting over suite tickets to the Raven's or the O's, all of which belong to Gov. O'Malley. If the Assemblymembers do get tickets, it would be a privilege and not a right.

This is petty and nonsensical, and in the day and age of political ethicism, you'd think the Mayor and the Council wouldn't argue about something so mundane.

Posted by: md_gop | April 13, 2009 11:24 PM | Report abuse

I'm a resident and small business owner in DC for 33 years. I just paid a "stadium assessment tax" for $5,500. Do I get any tickets? No, not even a discount on cheap seats. I would like to watch millionaire ballplayers play a game in $660 million stadium and try to rub elbows with owners and political patrons.

Posted by: fran48 | April 14, 2009 9:17 AM | Report abuse

I am sick and tired of being sick and tired of this disfunctional City Council and one term Mayor BS, This problem can be solve immediately, make this over compensated Council pay for their own tickets including the mayor. All free tickets be rotated to the DC School system for deserving students.Besides, its not like the Nats are a championship team.

Posted by: VietnamVeteran | April 14, 2009 9:30 AM | Report abuse

I am with the Vietnam Veteran, give the tickets to Make a Wish Foundation to reward a sick child in some small town who will never get to otherwise see a professional game or maybe the Special Olympics or use them as incentive to improve District services by it's employees. Call it friendly District-wide customer service competition.

It just looks very bad when people elected to public office fight over "perks" that the ethics office would tell the average employee is unacceptable.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | April 14, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse


Can you get any more petty than you are being right now. As Mayor your grade is equal to the first letter of your last name.

One Great Big ++++++++ F +++++++++++++++

Posted by: scrappyc20001 | April 14, 2009 5:03 PM | Report abuse

I'm a MD resident born in DC who was a staunch support of Mr. Fenty's election but as time goes on and I read how childish he's acting it makes me question why I supported him in the first place.

Yo Adrian....YOU'RE NO OBAMA!!

Posted by: l6m1n9 | April 14, 2009 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Washington Post get off your butts and give us more than this schoolyard fight over baseball tickets.

There's a ring of corruption, pay for play, twisted sexual relationships (midday screw sessions really), mismanagement of city funds surrounding this mayor that its easier than you think to expose.

Leave your desk at the Washington Post, get off Google and the blogs and stop waiting for your Wilson Building "leaks" to email you leads! Get out there and use your FOIA power and expose what is right there!

Posted by: bullpen2010 | April 14, 2009 6:20 PM | Report abuse

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