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Mayor Fenty Makes Appointments, Declines Policy Questions

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty announced his nominations for three new agency directors today, following his pattern of appointing friends, fellow athletes and people in his age range.

Gennet Purcell, 35, who is a friend of first lady Michelle Fenty, will be commissioner of the Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking. Purcell, who was serving as deputy commissioner, is replacing Thomas E. Hampton. Fenty would not disclose whether Hampton resigned or was fired, citing personnel issues. Purcell's husband Will was appointed by Fenty to the Contract Appeals Board, but he was recently stripped of his position after being disbarred in Maryland.

Jamison Weinbaum, 33, a runner like the mayor, was named director of the Office of Zoning, replacing Jerrily R. Kress who retired in January. Weinbaum had worked as a project manager in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development.

Finally, 44-year-old Derek Orr, acting director of the Office of Disability Rights, will take over the office permanently. He was previously deputy director and served as executive director of Pediatric AIDS/HIV Care Inc.

Fenty, 38, who has been testy with the media this week on the issue of his 9-year-old sons attending public school, was again combative Friday at a news conference at Judiciary Square to name his appointments. He said he would not answer questions about policy and would not put the new directors in the position to do so, because the purpose of the news conference was to announce his appointments.

After the news conference, Fenty once again refused to answer any questions about his twin sons attending Lafayette Elementary School, even though the Fenty family's Crestwood home is not within the school's district boundaries. School sources say the Fenty twins bypassed the lottery to attend the high-performing school.

By Anne Bartlett  |  August 28, 2009; 1:12 PM ET
Categories:  City Hall Aides , Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart  
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Why are so many of you so upset with Junior? Once again he has wet his pants by showing his arrogance and his frustration with the public and the media. No chid likes to be questioned when they show signs of being up to something which goes against honesty and fairness. He needs his diaper changed again. Too much poo-poo!

Baby Boomers were always taught to play fair and for God's sake be honest. Denying Linda Cropp an opportunity to demonstrate what real leadership in and for this city would look like, was as mistake.

"Kids are Us" was given the reign and keys to the playground - oops! I mean the city. Our junior Mayor and his playmates lack experience and maturity. So don't be made, just keep the pampers and huggies coming. There will be more poo-poo to come.

Just know the "rules of engagement" will continue to change anytime Junior has to have his way. Next election, choose wisely and don't deny experience and maturity a chance to succeed. Our city and it's residents will be better for it.

Posted by: shank2sb | August 28, 2009 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Well--and funnily--stated, shank2sb. Perhaps we should start referring to Fenty and his cronies (i.e., appointees) as the "Poo-Poo Brigade." It would be quite apropos as they certainly are a laughingstock.

Posted by: schooletal | August 29, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

"What's that ringing I hear in the distance?" Could it be the death knoll of the Fenty Administration?

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | August 29, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Our nation's capital is being run as if it was a mob family: corruption, collusion, racketeering, threats/intimidation, nepotism/cronysim, etc.

And, if you used your position to put your children where thousands of other people followed a lottery process and couldn't go, have the nerve to say you did it and move on. It's not a good look when two reporters can cause the mayor to have yet another tantrum where that vein pops out on his head. Good job Seagraves and Sherwood. Keep it up!!

Posted by: southyrndiva | August 29, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

According to campaign finance records, Ms. Purcell's husband Will, the disbarred, rejected appointee gave a $500 contribution to Adrian Fenty's 2010 campaign on July 31st of this year. Now, four weeks later, she is given an appointment by, you guessed it, Adrian Fenty. Coincidence? I think not. Bribery, I think so.

All the details at:
http://ocf.dc.gov/dsearch/searchresultcon.asp?mf1=will&ml1=purcell&ms1=&mc1=&mo1=N&xa=&sa=&ea=&ca=N&sc=&mf3=&ml3=&ms3=&mc3=&mf4=&ml4=&ms4=&mo4=N&d1=0&m1=0&y1=0&d2=0&m2=0&y2=0&d3=0&m3=0&y3=0&mo5=N&sc5=&sr=6&ob1=agyname&ob2=&ob3=&type=pcc&searchtype=nam

Posted by: member8 | August 29, 2009 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Lol @ kids-r-us and Poo-Poo-Brigade!

Sadly, no more need be said! The Poo-Poo-Brigade must go!

Posted by: my2centsis | August 29, 2009 11:06 PM | Report abuse

WEll maybe that's the T-shirt maddness was talking about. The poo-poo brigade and kids R us in green and white

Posted by: candycane1 | August 30, 2009 1:13 PM | Report abuse

I voted for this guy. He seemed like a serious and honest councilman who wanted to cleanup goverment, but he has let power destroy what we thought and I mean what we thought he was. He is arrogant and corrupt. My people of DC do not put this crook and con-man back in any office. We have a great council and we had a good mayor before but this guy is bad. Lets get him out of office.

Posted by: stephenwilson2003@yahoo.com | August 31, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

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