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Posted at 8:40 AM ET, 06/ 7/2010

Fenty hits voters with mail early

By Kendra Nichols
Kendra Nichols

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, who hit black radio stations with a go-go advertising campaign Memorial Day weekend, has now sent voters what appears to be his first mass mailing.

The campaign literature boasts that Fenty is "getting results" and "getting things done."

It appears to embrace Fenty's reputation for being arrogant and for not working with other elected officials -- an approach that his advisers are hoping will put a positive spin on that image and will register with voters.

In large type inside, it reads, "If it weren't for Mayor Fenty's leadership ... we'd still be waiting for" the modernization of schools, development and recreation centers and playgrounds.

Fenty (D), whose popularity has declined significantly since his 2006 election, has started spending his $4 million campaign war chest early with the mailing and radio ads, political observers say.

The new campaign literature also has a veiled reference to Fenty's new attack on Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D), his chief challenger in the September Democratic primary. Gray, a former Ward 7 council member who entered politics with his first election in 2004, was director of human services under former Mayor Sharon Pratt. The one-term mayor's tenure was marked by crumbling finances. "We can't turn back now," Fenty's literature reads.

Meanwhile, Gray has been endorsed by Alice Rivlin, who headed the financial control board that was appointed to help clean up the city's finances in the 1990s.

On the campaign trail, Gray has noted Fenty's raid of the city's reserves during his administration. But Gray was recently criticized for proposing to borrow money to fund the city's streetcar program.

-- Nikita Stewart

By Kendra Nichols  | June 7, 2010; 8:40 AM ET
Categories:  2010 District Election  
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Not drinking the Fenty Kool Aid (n)ikita.

Post Scooped by Examiner AGAIN:

The Fenty administration is quietly but quickly working to head off a burgeoning scandal in the city's workers' compensation agency, The Washington Examiner has learned. Top administration officials, led by Attorney General Peter Nickles and City Administrator Neil Albert, have told the Office of Risk Management to come up with funds and clean up the records of the agency's life insurance program, a city hall source said. Disabled workers have alleged publicly that the agency has been deducting life insurance benefits from bimonthly paychecks but has not paid for life insurance coverage. Risk Management is charged with monitoring the city's liabilities. It has broad authority over workers' compensation claims. Since 2004, about $2 million from 4,000 workers has gone into an insurance fund controlled by Risk Management, the source said. But the fund is continually out of money. It's also difficult to trace the fund's expenses, the source said, because of chaotic bookkeeping. Sources familiar with the agency told The Examiner that Albert and Nickles have ordered Risk Management Director Kelly Valentine to correct the problems with the fund. The sources said that the administration's leaders are concerned with a scandal in an election year. Some polls show Adrian Fenty in a tight race with Council Chairman Vince Gray. Last week, Councilwoman Mary Cheh, D-Ward 3, asked for an audit of Risk Management. She said she had "concerns about improper denials ... a general lack of knowledge of the relevant law ... and even questions about whether the [agency] is properly managing claims." The Examiner has also reported that the FBI is asking questions about the agency. Sources familiar with the investigation, which is in its earliest stages, say investigators have been interviewing witnesses since at least last September and are asking questions about insurance benefits as well as contracts handed out to private companies for various Risk Management jobs. Nickles and Albert each declined comment for this story. Asked if he stood by Valentine, Albert said, "I'm not going to talking about personnel."

bmyers@washingtonexaminer.com

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | June 7, 2010 9:00 AM | Report abuse

@concernedaboutdc Nice attempt at trying to associate something that started under someone else with the current Mayor. Let me get this straight... They're fixing another agency that has problems and this is a bad thing? Or would you rather they left it unchecked? The previous regimes have let corruption in city agencies fester and go unchecked for far too long. At least we have a mayor that's doing something about it.

Posted by: R_A_Math | June 7, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

@R.A. Math: What is key here is that this corruption has been long ago reported to Adrian Fenty's Administration, in fact prior to and immediately after he was elected, and has been only now investigated by them only BECAUSE the FBI is now involved and BECAUSE it is an election year. They are investigating it because they fear the scandal that will reveal not only that the Mayor knew about this but that he did nothing about it in light of this knowledge.

If the FBI has been on this since LAST September. You can rest assured that what the Mayor did and didn't know, and when, is sure to see the light of day.

Kelly Valentine was appointed by Adrian Fenty to head this office. That isn't Pre-Fenty.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | June 7, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

@concernedaboutdc so like I said, you're upset they are fixing it? If that's the case I highly doubt you're concerned about DC. You probably live in ward 9 :) and grew up in MoCo.

Posted by: R_A_Math | June 7, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Well when Fenty loses the readers can't say Nikita and Jonetta didn't do their part.

Journalist..LOL LOL LOL

Posted by: gordonbundy | June 7, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

@RA Math: Please STOP and listen/re-read. Nobody said they had a problem with the problem being addressed!!! The issue people are taking with the matter is that Fenty and his administration is a scam! The Fenty Administration had no intention on fixing the matter UNTIL the FBI found it a viable interest. This is typical of Fenty and his administration - they rob those who cannot afford it. First, Fenty ripped off the seniors, then, the next group of frail victims, and now the disabled. Could these goons be any more brazen?

Posted by: bodymagicbykim | June 7, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

@concernedaboutdc The bottom line is, you don't like the mayor. Even if something positive is being done, you will undoubtedly try to find a negative in it. There could be a park built in ward 7, but you'll complain about the lack of one in ward 8. There could be a school fixed and rebuilt in ward 8, but you'll complain about one that isn't fixed in ward 5. Contrary to what many think, you cannot waive a magic wand and have everything fixed overnight. It takes many years to change broken systems and agencies.

Posted by: R_A_Math | June 7, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

@RA Math: Please STOP and listen/re-read. Nobody said they had a problem with the problem being addressed!!! The issue people are taking with the matter is that Fenty and his administration is a scam! The Fenty Administration had no intention on fixing the matter UNTIL the FBI found it a viable interest. This is typical of Fenty and his administration - they rob those who cannot afford it. First, Fenty ripped off the seniors, then, the next group of frail victims, and now the disabled. Could these goons be any more brazen?

Posted by: bodymagicbykim | June 7, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

@R.AMath: Aside from your poor attempt at insulting, I moved to the District during the administration of Anthony Williams. I happen to know that the majority of the development projects that Adrian Fenty coyly claims as his own, were, factually born, bred and FUNDED under the Williams Administration. This includes libraries, rec centers, and, yes even DCPS modernization. The latter, Williams set aside 1 billion dollars to do when leaving office. Customer Service Operations was created by Anthony Williams to improve city service and response.

On the instant issue, Adrian Fenty has received reports of the corrpution going on at the ORM, a division of the Executive Office of the MAYOR, for over 3 years. What I am anxious to find out is this. Where is the millions of dollars that the District has been collecting from disabled workers as premium for life insurance. The city never sought polices but yet took in premium. This is fraud.

Adrian Fenty appointed Kelly Valentine as the District's Chief Risk Officer, overseeing the cities liabilities, knowing that full well that she hadn't even an idea of what Risk Mangement was.

His, and the council's, investigation is too little, too late. They both are in response to the FBI being involved. An entity he cannot CONTROL.

It is like a kid getting caught stealing cookies then apologizing after getting caught. Like Fenty getting caught stealing money from the estate of a man he was assigned to as trustee, getting caught by the family, then returning the money after being sanctioned by the D.C. Bar Association.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | June 7, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

@R.A.Math: I live in Ward 6 and have always been grateful for the work that Anthony Williams has done to improve the neighborhood. Such that it needed it. Under Williams, through the Citizens Summit, we were always informed on what Williams was doing to improve city services and the neighborhood. This is why it is so easy to point out those things that Fenty claims but had nothing to do with creating. The citizens who were paying attention, knew these things were in the pipe years ago.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | June 7, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

So Vincent Gray's run council is at fault?

Posted by: R_A_Math | June 7, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Kelly Valentine you reap what you sow!!! Like many in this administration she's arrogant and the only thing that she knows how to do is be a Cruella (a cruel devil). This administration is good for hiring lackey folks who usually come in with little experience in the area that they will oversee. The only thing that qualifies them is that they be loyal to Gestapo Fenty.

While risk management has had issues in the past it seemed to accelerate under her tenure and trust this isn't the only issue involving the risk management office.

Fenty can't have it both ways. You can't take the credit for things that went well under past administrations and then turn around and distance yourself with “this happen before my watch” comments.

But silly me. What am I thinking? Gestapo Fenty ‘s mantra is “never be accountable”.

Posted by: thelildiva4u | June 7, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

@concernedaboutdc I was bored today, this is fun.
"His, and the council's, investigation is too little, too late"
so you agree Vincent Gray is equally at fault? If you are truly concerned about DC and willing to stand by your argument, you should be willing to say that.

Posted by: R_A_Math | June 7, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

We'll let the FBI decide. Nobody on the council appoints agency heads and they, historically, give deference to the leaders that the executive appoints. And I don't like that practice either.

Kelly Valentine runs the Executive Office of the Mayor, Office of Risk Management, because Adrian Fenty put her in that position. He is ultimately responsible for what they do.

At the end of the day, Councilwoman Cheh, who is the chair of the committee that oversees DCORM, the Mayor and Attorney General are all in RE-active mode.

The FBI has a way of doing that.

That it took FBI intervention to get Fenty and the Committee on Government Operations to pay attention to this simmering scandal is, at best, incompetent.

If you want to excuse Fenty Administration incompetence, have at it, it is your right. It doesn't change the fact that it is incompetence and if is starting to see the light of day. Unfortunately through federal law enforcement intervention.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | June 7, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Calling all D.C. residents who received a mailer...we should take these mailers and have an impromptu bon fire.

Posted by: thelildiva4u | June 7, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

I got the flyer. and tossed it. Just as I have gotten a knock at the door by the Green Team and sent them quickly along their way. You see, I KNOW the projects that he is claiming in my Ward that he had nothing to do with, and I am going to assume that his team knows this as well. What's the point of talking about misinformation. Only those who have just moved here within the last 3 years or haven't been paying attention is buying the foolishness that Fenty is selling.

That would be the minority of District registered voters.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | June 7, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

@RA Math: Please STOP and listen/re-read. Nobody said they had a problem with the problem being addressed!!! The issue people are taking with the matter is that Fenty and his administration is a scam! The Fenty Administration had no intention on fixing the matter UNTIL the FBI found it a viable interest. This is typical of Fenty and his administration - they rob those who cannot afford it. First, Fenty ripped off the seniors, then, the next group of frail victims, and now the disabled. Could these goons be any more brazen?

Posted by: bodymagicbykim | June 7, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Wow!!!

@concernedaboutdc: Sometimes, you have to just accept that you're right and not respond to lunatics who just want to get under your skin. There's not acceptable reasoning behind what RAMath's comments. Just ignore all future comments from him/her - something tells me that he/she either works for Fenty, has no heart because he/she supports Fenty's rip-off schems, is taking great pleasure in the misfortune Fenty has brought to many long-time DC residents or some combination of the aforementioned. The ordacity of him/her to question what you are "really concerned about". Apparently, he/she doesn't want to understand the level of crime Fenty and his administration has commited - and will vote for Fenty to continue while he/she gets off on the entertainment of it all.

On another note, I very quickly sent the green team packing as well. I wouldn't vote for Fenty to sweep my sidewalk! I found it interesting that those who were walking the streets in the heat and taking the brunt of the insults from angry residernts were minorities while those heading his campaign (majority whites) spent their days in the AC giggling and sipping their Starbucks. It's even more interesting that these very people taking all the heat (literally) were the ones Fenty ignored the most during his tenure. It all just speaks volumes if you ask me.

Posted by: bodymagicbykim | June 7, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Maybe someone should inform the Mayor and his supporters that the information being sent out on his behalf is "factually" INCORRECT.

The flier states that Ward 8 opened it's giant superstore, the first in the district, in "2009." It opened in 2007.

It also states that the IHop opened "within the past year." It's 2010. It actually opened in 2008.

I'm surprised no one else hasn't noticed this clear mistatement of the truth.

No, let me clarify. I'm surprised no one else hasn't noticed this obvious lie and it offends my sensibilities to know what it could be spread so callously.

Posted by: dcis1 | June 7, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

On May 2, 2001, former mayor Anthony Williams announced the selection of Congress Heights Redevelopment, LLC as the developer for the 25 acre Camp Simms Site
(Alabama Avenue, SE/Ward 8), consisting of 80 homes, 30,000 sq. ft. of office space and 80,000 sq. ft. for a shopping center,anchored by a Giant supermarket on the site.

Imagine my surprise when I received the brochure from Maser Fenty claiming credit for the Giant supermarket which was acquired by mayor williams. Fenty has no shame in his scheme games and it will not stop until he is defeated.

Posted by: maserfentyaintnogood | June 7, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

@concernedaboutdc you didn't answer me about Vince Gray being the council chair and therefore being "at fault" for this as well.

@concernedaboutdc
"His, and the council's, investigation is too little, too late"
so you agree Vincent Gray is equally at fault? He runs the council and it's under his watch that this happened. If you are truly concerned about DC and willing to stand by your argument, you should be willing to say that.

Posted by: R_A_Math | June 7, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

all of the 'go-go' hype in the world can't get me to vote for Fenty again. I'm in the 'anyone-but-Fenty' camp. Go Vincent Gray!!

Posted by: wpost36 | June 7, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

@maserfentyaintnogood little known fact:
A maser is a device that produces coherent electromagnetic waves through amplification by stimulated emission
just thought you should know.

Posted by: R_A_Math | June 7, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Didn't vote for him the first time, won't vote for him now!

Posted by: candycane1 | June 7, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

I heard that Kelly Valentine is a personal friend of the Mayor's wife.

Posted by: tacard1 | June 7, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

My concern for the city is not to be dictated by the whims of a blogger. It is dictated by the huge amount of taxes being drawn from my paycheck.

Vincent Gray did not appoint Kelly Valentine to be the District's Chief Risk Officer. Mary Cheh did not appoint Kelly Valentine to be the Distict's Chief Risk Officer.

Kelly Valentine's credentials is, today, as they were when she was appointed. Absolutely no experience in Risk Management OR Insurance.

The Office of Risk Management is a PART of the Executive Office of the Mayor. Meaning, right under the Mayor's nose.

So, NO, I don't think the Council is as accountable for this malfeasance as the Fenty Administration.

If the Sr. Vice President in my division commits a crime, the law holds the Sr. Vice President accountable, and the stockholders hold my CEO accountable, not the Board of Directors.

If the Secretary of Labor commits a crime, the Justice Department holds the Secretary of Labor accountable, and the people hold the President accountable, not the Congressional Committee that oversees that Department.

If you disagree, then we will just have to agree to disagree.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | June 7, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

"If it weren't for Mayor Fenty's leadership ... we'd still be waiting for" the modernization of schools, development and recreation centers and playgrounds.

All of these things were signed into effect under Williams. I did a double take when I saw he was claiming credit for things like the Giant--which signed the lease way before first mayoral campaign kicked off.

Posted by: 411Tibby | June 7, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

I heard that Kelly Valentine is a personal friend of the Mayor's wife.

Posted by: tacard1
________________________________________

She is and her Chief of Staff was Michelle Fenty's college roomate.

Cozy right?

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | June 7, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Hey RA.

You might want to read your 18th century history regarding slave owners to figure out the term "maser", since you don't have the intelligence to understand it's
meaning.

You are going to choke on your maser fenty kool aid before you get to see the freedom that's a coming on sept. 14th.

Posted by: maserfentyaintnogood | June 7, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Thanks @concernedaboutdc, for holding your own with the @R_A_Math. The @R_A_Math blogger sounds like a Fenty supporter, who can not get his facts straight about, former Mayor Williams' great leadership. The former Mayor Williams was part of the Control Board( an accountant I think). @bodymagicbykim, you were on point , too. @dcis1, Fenty does not know anything, but lies. My husband and I met this loser, and all he tried to rattle off to us was lie after lie about what he has done for DC. The Fool-Fenty does not know that my husband is a native Washingtonian, and I have lived here for over 45 years. We know DC politics.

Posted by: fivetogo | June 7, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

I threw out the flier too...it was a bunch of lies and garbage.

Concernedaboutdc has it right again...R_A_Math is off big time and seems to have scattered thoughts. If you're going to post, at least be correct...

Posted by: DCJUSTICE | June 7, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Nikita....why is the Post not reporting the facts about how these projects started under Williams? It is frustrating when the post rubber stamps politicians.

Posted by: DCJUSTICE | June 7, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

I recieved my junk mail today from King Fenty. Guess what, I tore it up and threw it in the trash. I am not impressed with King Fenty and Vince Gray is not any better. Vincent Gray is weak and spinless.

This campaign has turned into a freak show!

Posted by: Ward4DC | June 7, 2010 10:34 PM | Report abuse

It would be nice for the Post to Fact Check this Mayor in the same way they Fact Checked every single word that came from the mouth of Barrack Obama during the campaign.

This is what happens when newspapers endorse political candidates. They loose credibility and objectivity. They are in a never-ending journey to justify their selection.

However, thanks to the citizens summits conducted by then-mayor Anthony Williams, citizens here beyond 3 years know exactly what projects began under his watch.

If Fenty would only acknowledge the wisdom of the projects and give credit where credit is due, he would go alot further. Telling lies that are easy to expose is only going to further erode his support.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | June 8, 2010 6:59 AM | Report abuse

Fenty's campaign workers were all over Ward 4 yesterday, seemingly unfazed by all the Gray signs. I discoverd why later. Apparnatly 2 of my neighbors, one dead and the other moved to Maryland for over a year, are now Fenty supporters. Each abandoned house now has a Fenty sign on its front lawn. Curious!

Posted by: mcstowy | June 8, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

@mcstowy, don't be surprised if your deceased neighbor votes for Fenty. I would'nt pass the Fenty-"New-Jack-City" hustlers.

Posted by: fivetogo | June 8, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

mcstowy

There are Fenty signs in the front yards of vacant homes all over town.

Save the fliers. If this fool wins again, we may need it for toilet paper as Fenty and Rhee continues to fire DC government workers.

Posted by: fmurray200111 | June 8, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Word on the street is that Kelly is trying to fire staff assistant.

They want to get rid of her b/c they don't like her. How typical!

I swear does D.C. hire anyone on a permanent status anymore or is everyone term?

Posted by: thelildiva4u | June 9, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

I did get my mailer...the first thing that came to my head as I read it was "the roof...the roof...the roof is on fire. We don't need no water let the .....burn!

You know the rest!

Oh and back to Kelly. Her bio/resume is online. Customer Service seems to be where her experience lies.

http://orm.dc.gov/orm/cwp/view.asp?a=1386&Q=607113&ormNav=|32979|

Posted by: thelildiva4u | June 9, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Great liner for the litter box!

Posted by: shank2sb | June 11, 2010 3:15 AM | Report abuse

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