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D.C. Republicans: No More "Fenty Field"

The D.C. Republican Party is calling on Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) to immediately remove his name from the new turf soccer field at Harriet Tubman Elementary in Columbia Heights.

"The administration has essentially created a Fenty Field," Robert J. Kabel, the chairman of the D.C. Republican committee, said in a statement. "When did renovating a sports field for D.C. Kids take a back seat to the mayor's full throttle of self promotion? If the new field is really for kids, the Mayor should remove his name from the field immediately."

As DC Wire noted Monday, the $558,000 field features artificial turf, safety padding, bleacher-style seating for 250 spectators, a wrought iron fence, team bleachers and soccer goals with new netting. In the center of the field, Fenty's name and a logo stretches for about 30 yards, making it easier for spectators to remember who was mayor when it was built.

City leaders have defended the logo, noting it will also be used for community events. But, as first reported today by Tom Sherwood of NBC 4, some area residents say they have been given mixed signals about whether they will be able to use the field.

By Anne Bartlett  |  August 25, 2009; 2:49 PM ET
Categories:  Mayor Fenty , Tim Craig  
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It's really not a matter of democrat or republican. It's not appropriate for the mayor to have his name sprawled across an athletic field. It's not "Fenty field". It belongs to the city paid by city tax money. What is wrong with this guy? You would think he got a clue about appropriateness after he spent city money on a frat party! It's wrong and there should be a loud public demand to have it removed. Like I said before, the traditional sign that signals a district venture and has his name on it is OK. All mayors do that and it will be changed when he's gone. But sprawled across the field as though it's named after him or that it belongs to him is just plain arrogant, wrong and totally inappropriate. This man is such a no class act.

Posted by: candycane1 | August 25, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

To the above comment from candycane1

Posted by: DCWatcher3 | August 25, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

WOOOW I agree with a Republican? There must be pigs flying!!!

Candycane you're absolutely right - its not a Democrat/Republican issue... I have been by the park and have seen the field... the size of his name is ridiculous!!!!

Posted by: boo2 | August 25, 2009 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Candycane1, I agree with you. Adrian has lost his mind!

Posted by: Ward4DC | August 25, 2009 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Candycane for Mayor!

Posted by: efavorite | August 25, 2009 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Who will rid us of this insolent mayor?

Posted by: UrbanDweller | August 25, 2009 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Ok as long as you agree right off the top to be Chancellor Efavorite. (smile)Sounds good to me!

Posted by: candycane1 | August 26, 2009 2:18 AM | Report abuse

Fenty did not fund this field, the people of the District of Columbia did, if he wants it to be a "People's Field" to last beyond his administration, it should have a District flag and THATS IT. If it were a gift (funded by)the Fenty family, then naming it after him would be understandable. Other than that, if the people DECIDE that they want it named after him, that is a decision to be made by the people. Not his appointees or himself.

This is just like the AKA president funding a lifesize wax figure of herself using sorority funds to do it and placing it in a museum.

Fenty is bad judgment after bad judgment. He actually makes republicans look like a good alternative in the District.

He never has nor never will get my vote.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | August 26, 2009 7:24 AM | Report abuse

WOW!! He is just one bad judgement call after another. I'm surprised WAPO is even giving so much attention to Fentys idiotic moves. They seem to be reporting a tad bit more towards how the people feel instead of letting Fenty write the stories for them. Just a tad though. Dont go all fenty style and start tooting your own horn too. You've still got a long way to go!

Posted by: my2centsis | August 26, 2009 8:28 AM | Report abuse

There's a DC Republican Party? Who knew!

Posted by: dcdude1 | August 26, 2009 10:30 AM | Report abuse

If you two fools were running this city I would move immediately...

A few looney-bin bloggers does not constitute the majority of DC. I, for one, am looking forward to a second Fenty term.

Posted by: GetOuttaHere | August 27, 2009 12:34 AM | Report abuse

GetOuttaHere we know that you are either Fenty or one of his workerbees. At any rate, it looks as if you are the minority as far as Fenty is concerned. Heres an idea, maybe he can be mayor in bethesda or someplace after he looses and you can follow him there.

Posted by: my2centsis | August 27, 2009 8:59 AM | Report abuse

All you people that don't live near TUBMAN FIELD don't get it, do you??? Check out the satellite image of 13th and Irving NW and you will see what a WRECK this field used to be!!! Not to mention the gangs that would tag the area and leave their broken glass on the field. Columbia Heights community deserved better and got it. I DON'T CARE IF HIS NAME IS ON IT!!! THANK YOU MAYOR FENTY!!!!

Posted by: absolutjohn | August 27, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

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