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Fenty Lays Out The Crimson Carpet

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Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) presents a proclamation to Dwayne Murray (left), grand polemarch of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, and Richard Lee Snow (right), the fraternity's executive director and chief operating officer.

Update: The city spent $37,000 on the event. Afterward, city attorney general Peter J. Nickles said that shouldn't have happened, and the fraternity has agreed to reimburse the city. Read the full article.

Original Post: Mayor Adrian M. Fenty welcomed his fraternity brothers to the District Tuesday night with a swank affair at the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., also known as the City Museum, near the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

Fenty (D) gave the fraternity a proclamation, plenty of praise and according to the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity's leaders, he footed the bill for the affair that featured two jazz bands, an open bar, a buffet and a coffee bar. Guests munched on everything from corn fritters and crabcakes to chocolate covered cheesecake and mini-red velvet cupcakes.

The fraternity, founded by African American men at Indiana University in 1911, is holding its 79th Grand Chapter meeting in the District this week. Expect to see lots of men in red and white this week. The official fraternity colors are crimson and cream. And fraternity members thanked their successful brother for rolling out the red carpet.

Richard Lee Snow, executive director and chief operating officer, and Dwayne M. Murray, grand polemarch, acknowledged the mayor and Sinclair Skinner, the mayor's friend and fraternity brother, for making the event happen. Skinner, currently embroiled in the fire truck incident, was identified as working in the "mayor's office."

Fenty did not correct the misidentification of Skinner. But he did not list him when he told the crowd about fraternity brothers who our leaders in his administration: Greg O'Dell, chief executive of the convention center; Erik Moses, chief executive of the D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission; Lee A. Smith III, director of the Department of Small and Local Business Development; and Chip Richardson, general counsel to the mayor.

Fenty told the crowd that the fraternity taught him about taking care of family, God and how to be a good role model.

He was whisked away before D.C. Wire could catch up with him. No word yet on the expense of the event and where the money came from. More to come.

Update at 8 p.m.: The event cost taxpayers $37,000. The city was reimbursed the money this morning atter Attorney General Peter J. Nickles found the event to be an improper expense. Read more details on the later tonight.

By Nikita R Stewart  |  August 4, 2009; 11:00 AM ET
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As a life member of Kappa Alpha Psi, Inc., I welcome my Fraternity brothers to Washington. As for Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, he has been a big disappointment to the voters of the District of Columbia. I will never cast a vote for Fenty's reelection in 2010.

Posted by: KappaNupe | August 4, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

I will never vote for Adrian Malik Fenty again. This guy appeared to be humble when I first met him. Now he has forgotten the common black folks who helped get him elected as the former Ward 4 Councilmember and now as the current mayor. Fenty will reap what he have sowed. He turned on his former campaign manager Alec Evans and fired this young man after all the hard work he did to get Adrian M. Fenty elected. If there's a place in "hell" for politicians, I hope Adrian Fenty will go there.

Posted by: Ward4DC | August 4, 2009 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Oh great now Fenty has his brother's in town to bring futher into ruins.....

Posted by: ENJOYA | August 4, 2009 1:41 PM | Report abuse

he footed the bill for the affair :

No, the TAXPAYERS footed the bill... get it right!!

Posted by: JimiP1 | August 4, 2009 2:01 PM | Report abuse

It is hard to believe that he is showing off for his Frat brothers when a woman just lost her home and valuable belongings in a fire due to bad water hydrants. Shame on him. I hope the people of DC does not vote him back into office.

Posted by: regina3 | August 4, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Welcome Nupes. /s/ A Sigma

Posted by: PepperDr | August 4, 2009 3:11 PM | Report abuse

COUNTESS Fenty in all her glory welcomes the Nupes who only accomplishment you can list is getting together to share a passing moment in time. You never see these brothers in the community (inner city) lending a hand the majority never been to South East DC other than to go to a punk club.

Posted by: blkisin | August 4, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Councilwoman Cheh and Councilman Mendelson, after you finish the inquiry about the fire truck that went to the Dominican Republic and returned to DC once questions about the appropriateness of the transfer were asked, will you look into who paid for the party? I mean, since he and "Skinner" could send fire trucks that belonged to the City and all, which DC pot of money paid for the cupcakes and corn fritters? The drinks from TWO open bars? The coffee, likely so everyone could sober up? The venue?

Also, it takes a real man like KappaNupe above to realize that even one's fraternity brothers can be wrong. Thanks, KappaNupe.

By the way, did everyone catch how many of the mayor's fraternity brothers are a close part of his administrative entourage? Hmmmm ... is that nepotism or "just helping your brothers out?"

Posted by: southyrndiva | August 4, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Fenty paid for this out of his own pocket. Chris Donatelli and others have made Fenty and Neil Albert rich men.

Although Fenty should be a bit more frugal with his personal funds, cometh 2010 he will be paying some serious alimony to Michelle Fenty.

Posted by: bullpen2010 | August 4, 2009 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Now that we know it was taxpayer money, let him feel the crimson red of flames. We all need to demand to know how money was provided for the big bash and how the money was paid back. What funds were used? Somebody knows the details. It's called misappropriation of funds. To think that city money was used to party and citizens are losing jobs, homes, programs are being cut and taxes are going up. It's criminal behavior. The mayor should be arrested.

Posted by: candycane1 | August 5, 2009 8:12 AM | Report abuse

Fenty told the crowd that the fraternity taught him about taking care of family, God and how to be a good role model.

Where were these wonderful life lessons when he was assigned to represent the estate of an old man, stole money from the surviving family, was caught, and gave the money back, but not before being sanctioned for the deed by the D.C. Bar Association? Where was "God" in that? To whom was he serving as a "role model"?

Again, for this party, he "stole" money from a struggling District tax base with unemployment beyond 10% to pay for a lavish fraternity affair, only to return it when he got caught.

Fenty and Skinner are crooks. I said it before and will say it again, Barry may have smoked crack, but he didn't smile in your face while robbing you blind.

I didn't vote for the crook in 2006 and will not vote for him in 2010. He is a despicable opportunist.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | August 5, 2009 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Ouch, guess I was wrong.

Posted by: bullpen2010 | August 5, 2009 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Bullpen, what are some of the reasons for those stiff alimony payments come 2010?

I guess the tactics about the older person he allegedly stole from have a basis:

Hence, this could be a pattern of behavior.

Posted by: southyrndiva | August 6, 2009 7:20 PM | Report abuse

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