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Business leader praises Fenty's record, not his approach

The leader of the largest regional business organization had high praise today for Mayor Adrian Fenty (D), though he stopped short of endorsing the mayor for a second term. Jim Dinegar, president of the Greater Washington Board of Trade, was careful to say that he often does not approve of the mayor's style, but he's thrilled with the results.

"We're not happy about his style and would encourage him to work more collaboratively, but he is also delivering the important results that were for far too long black eyes on the region," Dinegar said during an interview with Post editors and reporters.

In 2006, the Board of Trade endorsed Fenty's Democratic primary rival, Linda Cropp. But Dinegar said Fenty has gone a long way in making the city safer and improving the District's schools.

"We now have a mayor who knocks heads, but the results are speaking volumes."

The board, which includes large national companies and non-profit organizations, will interview all mayoral candidates before making an endorsement in the September primaries. And it should be a lively discussion.

James Dyke, the board's chair, had another take on Fenty. Dyke, who was Virginia's Secretary of Education under former governor Douglas Wilder, said that the mayor could "perhaps get a lot more done if he woked with people" and that there are "questions and concerns about how certain deals have gotten done."

By Ann Marimow  |  March 11, 2010; 2:05 PM ET
Categories:  Ann E. Marimow , Mayor Fenty  
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When many Caucasion developers in Washihngton spread the wealth around with qulaified European contractors it's not an issue. It becomes an issue and criminal when African-American developers and contractors do it. Why should white men have all the fun? Fenty has done what Caucasion mayor's have done for ages.

Posted by: mlthorpe2c02 | March 11, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Work with people? He should have been a little more appreciative of the opportunity and remembered he works for people. Now lets hope the window of opportunity is now closing for him.

Posted by: candycane1 | March 11, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

"We're not happy about his style and would encourage him to work more collaboratively . . ."

Haven't you heard, Mr. Dinegar, fenty and michelle rhee are collaboration averse. According to Rhee, "collaboration and consensus-building are overrated." They're nothing but two autocrats cut from the same cloth.

Posted by: schooletal | March 11, 2010 9:22 PM | Report abuse

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