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Fenty backs out of debate with Gray

Washington Post Editors

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty has backed out of a highly-anticipated, one-on-one debate with chief rival Vincent C. Gray, chairman of the D.C. Council.

The Young Education Professionals group pulled a coup when it arranged the forum, dubbed "The Great Education Debate," to be moderated Monday night by Washington Post columnist Colbert King.

Tonight's debate has been such a hot ticket that there is a waiting list to attend. The capacity at the Navy Memorial and Naval Heritage Center auditorium, where the debate was to be held, is 275 people. Some 433 had already RSVP'd.

But Sunday night, the Fenty campaign told the group that the mayor "couldn't make it work," said Kate Blosveren, president of the group.

"Maybe we can pressure him to change his mind," she said. "Absent that, we will move forward and have a town hall with Vincent Gray."

Elise West, a spokeswoman for the group, said: "This is obviously very disappointing as the debate would provide a unique opportunity for Mayor Fenty and Chairman Gray to engage in a substantive, policy-oriented debate around education in the District, the likes of which we have yet seen in this election cycle."

In an effort to get Fenty to rethink his decision, the group's leadership is sending around an e-mail under the subject line "Help save the great education debate!"

The e-mail reads:

"Help us reach out to Mayor Fenty to let him know how important it is that he join Chairman Gray in sharing his vision for DC's education system. Please take a few minutes and tell Mayor Fenty how important this debate is to you.

You can:

• Tweet @Fenty2010
• Post on Mayor Fenty's Facebook wall at http://bit.ly/FentyonFB
• Call Fenty's Campaign at 202-525-5970.
• Spread the word: Forward this to others dedicated to education and feel free to blog or tweet about the debate as well."

The debate would have marked one of the first one-on-one match-ups that focused on one issue.

Other forums have featured several minor candidates also competing in the Sept. 14 Democratic primary. With 30-second and one-minute responses, the candidates' answers have become sound bites.

Fenty (D) has touted improvements in test scores and the renovation and construction of new schools as significant accomplishments during his tenure. Gray (D) has tried to chip away at the mayor's strengths in education by proposing a new focus on pre-K through college, saying that Fenty has not done enough to address what happens before and after 13 years of school.

The Fenty campaign has not responded to e-mails requesting comment.

This post has beeen updated since it was first published.

By Nikita Stewart  |  June 28, 2010; 12:54 PM ET
Categories:  2010 District Election , Mayor Fenty , Vincent C. Gray  
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Late last night, we heard that Mayor Fenty “couldn't make it work" and would not be attending tonight’s education debate.

We are very disappointed as this was a unique opportunity to hear Mayor Fenty and Chairman Gray engage in a substantive, policy-oriented debate around education.

Help us reach out to Mayor Fenty to let him know how important it is that he join Chairman Gray in sharing his vision for DC’s education system.

Whether you are planning on attending tonight or not, please take a few minutes and tell Mayor Fenty how important this debate is to you. You can:

Tweet @FentyDC, with #yepdc

Post on Mayor Fenty’s Facebook wall at http://bit.ly/FentyonFB

Call Fenty’s Campaign at 202-525-5970.

Spread the word.

The Leadership Team
Young Education Professionals - DC
Connecting tomorrow’s education leaders
www.yepdc.org

Posted by: galla2006 | June 28, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Colbert King, who publicly supported Fenty in 2006, and is his fraternity brother, has been hard charging in highlighting the failures of this Administration. Particularly, surrounding young people entrusted to Youth Rehabilitation Services who are released against court recommendations back to their communities where they are either killed or commit other felonies.

Fenty wasn't prepared to face the music with King. I am sure he would have been equally tough with Gray who, as chair, should have called Councilman Tommy Wells to the carpet.

This forum requires courage...

So far only one seems to have it.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | June 28, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Fenty won't have to worry about tonight...the WP will explain away his no show....

Posted by: gordonbundy | June 28, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Not surprised that an empty suit would avoid a substantive debate on his prime campaign issue.

Posted by: adamlord68 | June 28, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Fenty is said and yes, probably intimidated by Mr. King.

Probably his blackberry would not help him in this forum.

Also, Fenty is probably tired after his GO-GO and performance in the Caribbean Parade on Saturday. He really put on a disgusting show.

Posted by: fmurray200111 | June 28, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

He doesn't have to. The Post will cover his back! Have you seen this "bama" speak in public? Can't imagine him in a debate. He will only debate if given the questions prior to the event!! And as a DC Employee I(we) are forced to volunteer on his campaign or else!! Not voting for him anyway....I bet you $1000 he found time to ride his bike today and or got in a swim as well...Coward!!

Posted by: BILLJA | June 28, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps all of that booing is taking a toll. It will probably be deemed by the Fenty camp as a scheduling snafu but it will be remembered by the public as a major no-show. After the festival boos and some late evening door slams on third street in Manor Park, I'm sure that the air has been knocked out of his sail and it's only going to get worse.

In addition to that, what could Fenty say about education? He has never said anything substantive except "test scores are up" He doesn't know what he's talking about. All he has done is to say yes to Rhee. That is a far cry from knowing what is actually going on in DCPS or even what the data analysis really means. He cannot dispute the achievement gap from 2007-09.(since Rhee's arrival) He is clueless about education. He drank the kool-aid and a debate with Gray on education would have him choking. Blackberry answers won't help him on this one.

Posted by: candycane1 | June 28, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

I ask again: is it possible that Fenty is trying to throw this election?

Posted by: mendelsonmustgo | June 28, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

@mendelsonmustgo: He has 4 million reasons to do so.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | June 28, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

HAHAHA!!!! Typical of Fenty....wonder how scared he is about losing his job?

Posted by: WildBill1 | June 28, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Why debate about issues that he is clueless about???

Posted by: cherita_whiting@yahoo.com | June 28, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

I just called Fenty's campaign. After I stated that I hoped Mr. Fenty would go forward and debate Mr. Gray, the person on the other end of the line hung up. Wow, a campaign that condones rudeness! Call for yourself and see, report back.

Posted by: parentof2redheads | June 28, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

One way to ensure Fenty will never show up for a debate is to bar the use of techonological (i.e., Blackberrys, etc.) devices. He's clueless without it.

Posted by: schooletal | June 28, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Somehow, Fenty has time to do his triathlon training for several hours every day... but can't squeeze this event into his schedule. Yeah, right...

Fenty now realizes - or his handlers have told him in no uncertain terms - that he would be toast if he tried to engage in a debate... or any similar forum in which he'd have to think and talk spontaneously and intelligently.

Hopefully, the voters will make him toast anyway.

Posted by: nan_lynn | June 28, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vava0wfSQRc

says enough !

Posted by: wendy_lewis2 | June 28, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

nan_lynn..C-O-S-I-G-N-!

Posted by: thelildiva4u | June 28, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Adrian Fenty most likely is disinterested in being boo'd off the stage. Run, Fenty run. Run far away. Only 11 more weeks until you are voted out of office!!!

Posted by: ashafer_usa | June 28, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

He can come "party" with us but yet cuts some of the most crucial progams that assist "us"... come on people...

Posted by: wendy_lewis2 | June 28, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Could it be that Fenty backed out of tonight's debate because he doesn't want to answer questions about his campaign being endorsed by a convicted crack dealer and his campaign accepting contributions to Marion Barry's cocaine supplier ???

Posted by: ashafer_usa | June 28, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Gestapo dropped out b/c the Summer Youth Program is AGAIN a Problem ----3 strikes your out!

Dcwatch is reporting:
Monday will mark an important event that has come to represent the beginning of summer in the District. On Monday, 21,000 youths participating in the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) are scheduled to report for work at their assigned work sites. In the past two years, the SYEP has been plagued by a series of problems — organizational and administrative problems at the DC Department of Employment Services (DOES, which oversees SYEP), overspending of the program’s budget (thirty million dollars overspent in 2008, twenty million dollars overspent in 2009), and paying youths who either weren’t eligible (more than two hundred non-DC residents participated in the program in 2008) or who hadn’t reported for work. In a June 15 press release, http://dc.gov/mayor/news/release.asp?id=1917&mon=201006, the Fenty administration touted its preparation for this summer’s SYEP program, and announced “job assignments for over 21,000 District youth who are participating in Mayor Adrian M. Fenty’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) for 2010.”

Posted by: thelildiva4u | June 28, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

However, there are early indications that the SYEP will have a very rocky kickoff on Monday. As of Friday, June 25, 104 “hosts,” or employers, had pulled out of participating in SYEP. Moreover, DOES site visits had not been completed to 53 community-based organizations that are serving as “hosts.” Especially troubling is the fact that DOES seems to be violating District law, which requires a security and criminal background check for any individual who will be in direct contact with youths under the age of eighteen. As of Friday, 53 individuals at charter schools, 121 government employees, 257 individuals at community-based organizations, and 5 private sector employers had not undergone the required security screening. In addition, DOES requires all “hosts” to attend an orientation meeting as a prerequisite to participating in the program. As of Friday, 97 community-based organizations, 126 private sector businesses, and 6 government offices had not attended the required orientation meeting.

Posted by: thelildiva4u | June 28, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Give Fenty a break, he probably has a job interview tonight!

Posted by: blankspace | June 28, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Over the weekend, DOES employees have made frantic telephone calls to hosts and to youths participating in SYEP. In anticipation of problems at many of the work sites, youths will be instructed to report to the Field House at Gallaudet University if a problem arises at their job assignment. According to sources, the Gallaudet site was chosen in an effort to keep “screaming kids” and their parents away from DOES’ offices on New York Avenue and H Street, NE, where the Fenty administration fears the news media will be waiting.

Instead of Go-Go reports post how about an update on SYEP being a debacle AGAIN?

Posted by: thelildiva4u | June 28, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

I think that Fenty has decided to enjoy his last few police-escorted bike rides.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | June 28, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Parentof2redheads is not lying. Fenty's people hung up on me as well after I had to call at least ten times to get someone to answer the telephone. What an utter crock of crap!! What is he afraid of?

Posted by: southyrndiva | June 28, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

shadon1 - Everyone who runs for office does it to prove a point. Gray has the intelligence and experience to actually get the job done right.

Danny7 - if Fenty had moxie, he wouldn't back out of a debate at the last minute -- on educational issues, no less - his highest priority.

Posted by: efavorite | June 28, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

It's Over!!!

Posted by: nivla | June 28, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Fenty has got to go. When he and his parade folks threw those green beads at me on Saturday, I threw them back. It is a shame that he is allowed to continue to run this city into the ground. The feds should take it over again and reinstitute the Finacial Control Board. He is running citizens away from the city. The only folks who aren't complaining about Fenty are those who benefit from his 'decisions'.

Posted by: abeness@yahoo.com | June 28, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Fenty has realized for some time now that he is not a people person. Anyone who takes on a political position will pretend to be "for the people" even if it doesn't come naturally. His entourage knew this; they made him the person that ran for mayor. After he won, the true Fenty began to emerge. Those voters who made him mayor started seeing the Georgetown library renovated, while the mini-library at Alabama and Stanton Road SE was closed; a four year old boy was hit and killed on Montello Avenue NE, but instead of constructing a playground, the area was turned into a police state where residents had to show ID. Fenty hasn't shown me any reason to put him back in office.

Posted by: skinfreak | June 28, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

"couldn't make it work" ??

First, a weak and unconvincing Fenty excuse for dodging this debate--on his signature issue! It's a phrase that should make any respectable campaign manager wince.

Then--if the Vince Gray campaign has any even the slightest sense of going for the jugular--a sound-byte-worthy summation of Fenty's administration that can be used relentlessly against the incumbent's glass-half-full half-empty record.

Fair or not, the campaign brochure using it as a tagline practically writes itself.

I predict that "couldn't make it work" could well end up as this once-popular mayor's political epitaph.

Posted by: mitchw7959 | June 28, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Fenty might be cocky enough to think he is a shoo-in for another term. He has certainly operated outside of, and has deemed himself above the law. There is no telling what type of trickery he has planned for "winning" an election, despite his plummet in popularity and increasing lack of support. A candidate whose campaigners practically force an audience on a citizen's doorstep, is a desperate one. As for the unwanted signs that are appearing on residential property, I suggest spray painting an "X" on them, and leaving them up to show that the resident didn't request the sign. If it was foisted onto your property, the sign is yours to treat as you wish.

Posted by: logosdesigns | June 28, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Vote Vince Gray! Fenty is a moral coward. Gray has a long career in public service, in non-profits, in the executive and in the legislature. Gray is more experienced than Fenty, more mature, and, he is ethical.

Posted by: tacard1 | June 28, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

That should be the new sign: Don't vote for Fenty because he "Couldn't make it work!" That's even better than "slap that brat" because this statement came straight from his camp.

Posted by: candycane1 | June 28, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Just checking a theory here. I posted some info about the conditions at the CTF Central Treatment Facility and Fenty's lack of response to it. Yet it has somehow disappeared. Lets see what happens in a few minutes. Very dangerous place to work. No radios, not enough staff, threats and attacks by inmates, inmates being overmedicated,and house in unsafe cells, and much more. Stay tuned

Posted by: bigheadbull2 | June 28, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

I agree with those who believe the Post will "spin" this no-show away in order to assist the "naked" King. I hope Gray now realizes that he's not only running against Fenty but also the editorial board of the Washington Post. That editorial about Gray over the weekend was absolutely absurd and shameful. Reaching back 15 years to dissect Gray's record during the Pratt administration and being utterly silent about his record as a public official during the last 6 years was incredulous.

Posted by: roscoedc | June 28, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

So Not surprising!

Posted by: observator1000 | June 28, 2010 8:23 PM | Report abuse

there has to be a Post spin. I am sure it will involve some BS like "there are ample opportunities to debate."

Posted by: mamaspearl | June 28, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse

When his camp said they "Couldn't make it work," did they mean his Blackberry to show him the answers, or the earphone to feed him the answers? Sad.

Posted by: ssmd11 | June 28, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Why should Mayor Fenty be expected to participate in a debate with a formidable opponent when he is the mayor in title only. It has been clear for years now that Attorney General Peter Nickles actually manage the city. So the problem is that the wrong person was invited to the debate. As a resident of the District for over five decades, I can say without any reservations that the Fenty administration is the worst in the history of the City.

Posted by: houseguess3211 | June 28, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Nobody heard about a debate and wouldn't of believed it anyway. Those in charge of Fenty was using somebody else I guess. Speaking ones views in a non-staged event wasn't going to happen, that's an automatic gift to anyone of substance.

Posted by: CTaylor42 | June 28, 2010 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Nobody heard about a debate and wouldn't of believed it anyway. Those in charge of Fenty was using somebody else I guess. Speaking ones views in a non-staged event wasn't going to happen, that's an automatic gift to anyone of substance.

Posted by: CTaylor42 | June 28, 2010 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Nobody heard about a debate and wouldn't of believed it anyway. Those in charge of Fenty was using somebody else I guess. Speaking ones views in a non-staged event wasn't going to happen, that's an automatic gift to anyone of substance.

Posted by: CTaylor42 | June 28, 2010 10:53 PM | Report abuse

But Sunday night, the Fenty campaign told the group that the mayor "couldn't make it work," said Kate Blosveren, president of the group.

"Maybe we can pressure him to change his mind," she said. "Absent that, we will move forward and have a town hall with Vincent Gray."
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Why put pressure on a man who can't take the pressure? Thats why he can't make the debate.

Fenty can force an uneeded Streetcar system on the residents but he can't make a debate workable?

Posted by: pt1836metz | June 28, 2010 11:01 PM | Report abuse

Fenty needs to stop stalling, get off his asz and get in the debate ring with Vincent Gray, Vincent Orange and even Vincent Turquoise if he expects to maintain any respeck.

Posted by: pt1836metz | June 28, 2010 11:05 PM | Report abuse

When Fenty said he "couldn't make it work", was he referring to the education debate or the education "reform"? or just being the Mayor in general?
@BILLJA--are you serious that DC government employees are "forced to work on the Fenty campaign or else!"?

Posted by: 1citizen | June 28, 2010 11:26 PM | Report abuse

it seems unbelievable but the truth is coming out. Fenty is not bright. I know folks that went to school with him at Wilson and Mackin. i know students and instructors that were at Howard law school while he was there. I know key people that actually worked on his Ward 4 campaign. NO ONE, and I mean absolutely NO-ONE ever says Fenty is a sharp guy!!! His campaign folks know he is a weak debater because he is not sharp on his feet. he can do a planned/prepared response and come across robotic, but he's not sharp enough to discuss issues spontaneously. That's why he is the tireless campaigner that he is. that's why he tries to sell the populist image but is in truth rather autocratic.
It's actually disgraceful.

I actually knew all this before the last election and was onboard the Fenty bandwagon. I thought the new young blood and energy was what DC needed. I won't be a fool again.

Posted by: oknow1 | June 28, 2010 11:27 PM | Report abuse

oknow1--interesting perceptions. Having voiced those, would you please turn the mirror on yourself, so we could get a gauge of how bright and sharp and a good debater you are?

That would help readers attach any credibility to your research.

Make sense?

Posted by: axolotl | June 29, 2010 5:24 AM | Report abuse

Simple solution - reschedule the debate.

If the Mayor can't make it work any time this summer, then he should just drop out of the race.

Concerned citizens deserve to hear this debate.

Posted by: rs12 | June 29, 2010 7:10 AM | Report abuse

@BILLJA--are you serious that DC government employees are "forced to work on the Fenty campaign or else!"?

I too can attest to the fact that MANY DC GOVERNMENT WORKERS are TOLD that that they MUST use their free time to work on this Mayor's campaign at many events depending upon the area of the city. If he is in a predominately white area then out comes white management and white workers, if he is in a predominately black section then out come the blacks. IT is repugnant and profane and yet people see it and think that it is OK because it is Fenty, if any other candidate played this racial game in this race it would be exposed.

Posted by: lacairaine | June 29, 2010 7:34 AM | Report abuse

@lacairaine: If what you say is so, there is a story there because laws are being broken. Instead of posting it on a Post blog. Let the Examiner do the legwork. They have a head up on the Post on most stories these days.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | June 29, 2010 8:46 AM | Report abuse

oknow1--interesting perceptions. Having voiced those, would you please turn the mirror on yourself, so we could get a gauge of how bright and sharp and a good debater you are?

That would help readers attach any credibility to your research.

Make sense?

Posted by: axolotl
-------------------------------------
Only makes sense if oknow1 was running for the highest office in the city...or any office in the city. Problem with Fenty and his campaign is that they use thugish ways to reach supporters. Reminds me of the days of Chavous--Ward 7 Councilmember. Good thing Vice used him as a practice case; he can handle Fenty and his thug crew just fine after his dealings with Chavous. Guess Fenty learned his techniques from Chavous; he was afterall his chief of staff when he held the Ward 7 seat.

Posted by: Beingsensible | June 29, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

axolotl - good one, but you have the same approach every time - knock the messenger. Can't dispute the point so knock the messenger.

Posted by: oknow1 | June 29, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

When something is already wrong, there is not need to vote on!!! DC repent!!!

DC Baptist Pastor Dennis Wiley, you lie!!! Repent openly before the church or leave! This is the message from Your Master Jesus Christ

homosexuality is sin, you do not have to be a theologian to read the bible and understand what the bible is saying about homosexuality!

No one who is immoral or is a pervert or behaves like a homosexua...l, won't have a share in the blessings of God's kingdom? 1Corinthians 6:9

homosexuality is sin!!! DC Baptist members, be behind sister Yvonne Moore and resist the devil until the end, Your pastors are wrong! See More : www.worldevangelizationone.webs.com

Posted by: joelinda1983 | June 29, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Fenty is clearly detached from the people. A prime example of it was at the Carribean Festival Parade last Saturday. Fenty walked in the middle of the street throwing out beads. Vincent Gray, however, was shaking hands with people.

Posted by: linroy62 | June 29, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Could it be that Fenty backed out of tonight's debate because he doesn't want to answer questions about his campaign being endorsed by a convicted crack dealer and his campaign accepting contributions to Marion Barry's cocaine supplier ???

Posted by: ashafer_usa | June 28, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse
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NOT A FENTY SUPPORTER AT ALL - BUT LET'S KEEP THE ISSUES REAL, SHALL WE. THAT WAS 20 YEARS AGO, AND UNLESS YOU HAVE PROOF THAT THE FORMER COKE DEALER IS STILL DEALING OR THAT FENTY IS INVOLVED IN ANYWAY THEN MOVE ON.

LET'S TRY NOT TO MAKE THIS A CIRCUS ON S*&T THAT DOESN'T MATTER. THIS ELECTION IS TOO IMPORTANT. WE FOCUS OUR ATTENTION ON THIS CRAP THE KIDS DON'T GET WHAT THEY NEED TO SUCCEED!

Posted by: love2much SE | June 29, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

King Fenty, please go away. Nobody likes you and your kingdom will soon fall down.

Posted by: Ward4DC | June 29, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

I guess this is Fenty throwing in the towel. He's finished. Oh wait a min. This is DC and DC is known for electing the stup1dest most crooked politicians so maybe he still has a shot???? DC deserves what ever happens to it....

Posted by: askgees | June 29, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Careful what you wish for, folks. Keep bad mounting Fenty and see if you dont end up with another "Mayor for Life" you cant shake for the next 20 years.

Posted by: ATPDC | June 29, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

My understanding is that while Gray was honoring his commitment to speak at the debate, our mayor decided it was more important to canvass the neighborhood in Ward 5...shameful...

Posted by: nativewashingtonian80 | June 29, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

As he did with his transition team, Fenty is not listening to his advisers and is going rogue. He has not strategy and throws temper tantrums when things don't go his way. His campaign is seriously spinning out of control. One of these days he is going to publicly humiliate himself on television with one of his tirades. You just watch.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | June 29, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Fenty showed up and bullied the Caribbean festival organizers by delaying the festival for 2hrs so his 100+ mindless, drones could start the parade.

The organizers were disgusted and pissed! The attendees that were waiting by Fenty’s headquarters knew exactly why the parade was late; they booed and threw food at Fenty and his follies.

Fenty showed up for his Go Go, cook-out with the enforcers – Skinner and Moton! This is the same Mayor--along with Chief Lanier, Peter Nickels, Jim Graham, Jack Evans and Muriel Bowsers-- that tried and failed to pass a bill that would stop and question individuals--racially profiling young, African American males-- in their own neighborhoods.

Thank God, the majority of the city council members, include the Chairman, wouldn’t allow the Mayor to introduce an Apartheid legislation in the Nation’s Capital.

Now the so-called, nationally, proclaimed reformer of public education refused to show-up for an education debate. How paradoxical!

I guess Fenty’s signature one-liners: “I’ll get back with you” or “I’m sorry, I can’t answer that, I’ll have my staff to contact you,” just wouldn’t cut-it for a debate with Gray.

Posted by: GoldCoast | June 29, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

It was clearly a disguised attack on Fenty (the audience were all teachers who don't want to be accountable for the fact they suck) and he was smart enought not to participate.

Seriously, you all are fools. But this is what I expect from fools. None of this matters, anyway. We're on the edge of an economic collapse so the unions will end up broken and done when the city has to declare bankruptcy. I will find it sad but funny if Gray wins and that is his reward. Its amazing to me how Fenty has done what he was elected to do and yet here he is being attacked by the very people who should be in support of education reform. What we have here is a lot of liberal union worshipers who cannot let the past go. Soon enough, they will have no choice, as the choice will be made for them by economic realiy.

Posted by: shred11 | June 29, 2010 11:56 PM | Report abuse

@shred11, you are right about the economic collapse. This city is headed for bankruptcy.
The mayor can run, but he can not hide.

Posted by: fivetogo | June 30, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

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