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The mayor's birthday and "what might have been."

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty will celebrate his birthday Saturday evening and raise more money to add to his nearly $3 million campaign till at a model home built on the very Colony Hills land once designated for the site of a mayoral mansion.

Remember years ago when philanthropist Betty Brown Casey offered the land and to build a residence for the city's mayor? There was outcry from the community about the mayor living in such a tony neighborhood. And there was outcry from the community about saving parkland. And finally, Casey withdrew her offer.

Well, an e-mail invitation to Fenty's birthday party tells guests: "Come take a 'longing' look at 'what might have been.'"

The model home has been built on a portion of the land. Here's the story from the invitation: "At the tail end of a long and convoluted series of land swaps, stands Chris Kopsidas, Sales Manager for The Residences at 1801 Foxhall. Chris tells this uniquely Washington, DC networking story. By chance, he met Shalamar Muhammad of Remax Realty. Together they pitched the idea of a fundraiser to Fenty treasurer, Ben Soto, who in turn called Fenty Guru, John (Falcicchio), who put together a 'killer' Host Committee, who are pulling out all the stops for the best Fenty Birthday Party Ever!"

Two other invitations give descriptions of the home: 7,000 square feet, 14 rooms that include a library and recreation rooms.

On the Fly Caterers will provide tacos, turkey chili and mac and cheese. The company was founded by Gabe Klein, whom Fenty appointed director of the District Department of Transportation.

One invitation says guests can "grunge it and get down with it or you can pizazz it and step up to it!"

So expect jeans and gems at the "mayor's mansion."

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 1, 2009; 11:57 AM ET
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With all the pain and suffering this FOOL HAS CAUSED THE CITIZENS OF THE CITY AND DC WORKERS who cares about this low-life's birthday.

Tell him to spend his day in Wards 7 and 8. PLEASE stop printing this BULL.

Posted by: dccounselor72 | December 1, 2009 1:42 PM | Report abuse

After such a predatory, pervasive and perpetual raping of the taxicab industry I guess there's cause for celebration.

Posted by: starclimber9 | December 1, 2009 6:44 PM | Report abuse

What might have been will never be for you. I hope no one shows up! Don't give a penny and don't sign the petitions. It's all so easy to do. Just say no!

Posted by: candycane1 | December 2, 2009 8:37 AM | Report abuse

With the economy like it is, unemployment in DC at a Depression-era high, HIV running rampant, the "contracts scandal," the frat party he paid for with city money, the baseball tickets spectacle, the friend-driving-his-government-owned car, closing streets off for his own personal biking tours, 75k for an upgrade to his favorite city pool, and the list goes on...the last thing he needs to be doing is throwing himself a high-profile birthday party. Makes me think of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. Fenty's truly a piece of work!

Posted by: UrbanDweller | December 2, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

This Ward 4 Voter will not be attending King Fenty's bash. Adrian has been a big disappointment to many D.C. voters.

Posted by: Ward4DC | December 6, 2009 7:17 PM | Report abuse

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