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Chris Matthews: Fenty handled snow poorly

MSNBC personality Chris Matthews said on "Hardball" Wednesday that Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) has handled the city's snow removal poorly

He said Fenty, up for reelection this year, needs competition.

"I've watched the big cities where mayors lose their jobs over stuff like this," said Matthews, who lives in Chevy Chase, Md.

-- Nikita Stewart

By Anne Bartlett  |  February 10, 2010; 8:29 PM ET
Categories:  Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart  
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This is news worthy of a Washington Post Reporters time?

That loud mouth Matthews doest even live in DC.

For the record, the only streets that look decently cared for anywhere in Maryland are in Chevy Chase-s private plowing for rich people in incorporated villages and town makes you forget about how the rest live without all the perks- Must be nice Chris!!!!

Posted by: gladtoliveindc | February 10, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Chris was SPOT ON!!!

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | February 10, 2010 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Matthews is right. After all, he did have to slog throught DC's unplowed streets to get to work. Also, DC continues to disrespect its employees. Fenty waited until 11:09 p.m. to announce that the DC Government would be closed tomorrow. This decision could have been made at 1:00 p.m. today! Just one big gaffe after another.

Posted by: PepperDr | February 10, 2010 11:27 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Chris Matthews and Mr. Jerry Phillips were on point with their comments about Mayor Fenty. Mayor Fenty have lost many D.C. voters support with his aloofness and his style of management. Fenty's decision to open the D.C. Public Schools 2 hours late and keeping the D.C. Government open showed his lack of concern for our children and D.C. Government employees lives to score political points during this horrific blizzard. Most Metro buses weren't operating and the Metro trains were operating only underground on last Monday. Tuesday and Wednesday there were no Metro bus service and how did Mayor Fenty expect for D.C. Government employees to get to work and many of them live in the States of Maryland and Virginia? I am beginning to think something is seriously wrong with Mayor Fenty mentally.

Posted by: cancer1 | February 11, 2010 2:11 AM | Report abuse

Again, Fenty waited until late night hours to announce that the District Government would be closed, however, Chancellor Rhee announced hours earlier that schools would be closed but the Administration office would be opened. How can Rhee make an announcement to open the administration office when the Mayor hadn't made a decision regarding the entire government; they ARE a part of the government now? Whose wearing the pants here? They were BOTH totally off, but it seems the Chancellor is a bit more decisive that her highness.

When asked today in an interview why he is penalizing city workers (forcing them to use annual or sick leave) who couldn't maneuver through poorly treated District roadways, a crippled limited Metro system, and snow covered sidewalks when he decided to open the government 1 hour late on Monday when all others in the region were closed (including the Federal Government), he said "It was the right decision".

He didn't even have the decency to offer "liberal leave".

All the human parts of this skeleton in a suit are dead.

He has managed this entire storm poorly and I am certain he is going to pay the price in the primaries.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | February 11, 2010 8:22 AM | Report abuse

I don't feel sorry for Fenty, because i can't stand him, but this was an unprecedented amount of snow and I'm willing to be patient.

Where I think Fenty (and Rhee) failed miserably is in their decision-making processes. The DC Government should have been closed along with the Feds. To even think of opening schools 2 hours late on Monday was more than just a mistake. It shows the ineptitude of both of them.

Fenty said this morning on Fox 5 that they are a compassionate government. Bullsh*t! He also said Metrorail and Metrobus were running on Monday so DC Gov. employees could get to work. If I remember correctly, there were only 8 bus lines running and only the below ground subway stations were running. He must have some short term memory issues.

When he tried to compare DC Gov. employees with Fox 5 employees, the news anchor told him they were put up in hotels close to their work. DC Gov. did this ONLY for DPW workers needed to plow streets.

He should have taken a cue from the Feds. All non-essential personnel should have been off the streets this week so they could have been plowed. I don't know who he thinks he's impressing. I'm sure Obama thinks he's a completely asinine.

And Rhee closing schools but keeping administrative offices open was equally stupid.

These two are so out of touch with reality it's not even funny. In fact, it's downright dangerous to others. The jury is finally in: both of them have serious personality disorders and should really seek some professional help.

Posted by: UrbanDweller | February 11, 2010 9:00 AM | Report abuse

I would feel sorry for Fenty, because this city does not regularly get this kind of snowfall very often, and it would be a waste of time and money to be "prepared" for a snow of the century.

Cities in Florida plan for hurricaines and there are hurricaine days put into the
schedule. El Paso, Texas, does not plan for snow and if it snows even a sprinkling every thing shuts down.

So I think Fenty should not be faulted because the city lacked the resources to handle the snow of the century. He can and should be faulted for not respecting this snow and for not treating it as the major emergency it was. He also failed at managing expectations.

I hope someone does run against him in the primary and wins. If not, I don't know who will run against him in the general election, but we may have an independent or even a Republican as a mayor!

Posted by: tacard1 | February 11, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Just a thought and a question.

Thought: Keeping the government open with no liberal leave in effect could possibly mean that leave "could" be denied. Therefore government workers face the possible penalty of being placed on leave without pay. As mean-spirited as Fenty has been, I wouldn't be surprised at the tactic.

Question: I haven't seen Rhee's face during this blizzard. Is she making decisions here or in California?

Posted by: candycane1 | February 11, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Regardless of what you think of Fenty, Chris Matthews is a true jackass. If any of you actually watched the clip you'd know that he compares this snow situation to Katrina!!! That is simply obscene. I can't believe that any of you would dare even mention the two weather events in the same sentence.

Posted by: DCyouth | February 11, 2010 11:38 PM | Report abuse

Katrina is a stretch, and 9-11 was an even longer stretch. But, the fact remains. The Mayor has politicized this entire operation and made poor decisions that threatened the safety of school children in an attempt to prove a stupid point to the President, who, smartly closed down the Federal Government.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | February 12, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Candycane - maybe the news outlets should stake out the airports the way they did when they were trying to catch SC Governor Sanford sneaking back from seeing his soul mate in Argentina.

I'd love to hear the story Rhee makes up as she deplanes - a true test of her confabulatory skills.

Posted by: efavorite | February 12, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

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