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Fenty tries to get voters to go-go for him

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty appears to have flooded the airwaves with his first big advertising campaign. The target? Lovers of the District's percussion-thumping, homegrown go-go music.

Fenty (D), whose popularity has declined since he won election in 2006, has lost significant ground among black voters, according to polls. The radio ad campaign, which D.C. Wire heard on WPGC (95.5 FM), has an addictive "Fenty, Fenty, Fenty..." at the end of each commercial.

In one, go-go artist Chi Ali tells listeners to "get the facts, not fiction" on Fenty by going to the mayor's Web site (listen below). In another, a man talks over Wale's "Pretty Girls" and says, "He's got that posture!" (That's D.C. talk for swagger.)






Neither of the two ads heard by D.C. Wire mentioned improving public education, lowering crime or building recreation centers -- the accomplishments and agenda the Fenty campaign has been pushing in other communities. Instead, the ads seemed tailored to establish Fenty's street cred (note to the unhip: that's just regular lingo for credentials).

(Shout out and big up to the Post's Stephen Crockett, who helped with this analysis. He reports that he heard one radio spot by Anwar "Big G" Glover of the famed HBO series "The Wire," which he predicts could sway young people to get behind Fenty. )

Helen Hare, Fenty's campaign spokeswoman, said Monday that she would get back to D.C. Wire, but there's still no response on how much the advertising is costing, where it's running and when it started. There also was no response on how many ads were recorded, who is featured in them and who produced the spots. The Fenty campaign also did not respond to a request for a copy of the radio ads so D.C Wire readers could hear the ads for themselves in this space.

Peaceoholics co-founders and Fenty supporters Ronald C. Moten and Jauhar Abraham, who are former go-go promoters, remain tied to the local music industry and seem like the most likely people to have helped make the spots.

In an email, Moten--who drew headlines recently for launching a Web site that takes jabs at Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray, Fenty's chief rival in the September Democratic primary--would not say whether he or Abraham played a role in the radio spots.

"I heard them and they sound great," was all Moten would say. "It seems like some people have some the facts and not all the fiction. What you think?"

Peaceoholics, a nonprofit that helps wayward youths, flourished under Fenty with millions of dollars in city aid. But the D.C. Council cut off funds over the past year, forcing the group to scale back its operations. Moten, who has known Fenty since the mayor was a teenager, recently helped organize youths to help Fenty win a straw poll among Democrats in predominantly black Ward 8.

Speaking of go-go, Gray has Chuck Brown, godfather of the genre, in his corner.

We'll keep you posted if Gray enlists Brown to do a counter ad campaign.

By by Nikita Stewart  |  June 1, 2010; 7:38 AM ET
Categories:  City Life , D.C. Council , Mayor Fenty , Vincent C. Gray , vincent gray  
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Comments

Fenty or Gray. DC is doomed.

Posted by: 123cartoon | June 1, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

No we aren't we have never been doomed nor will we ever be doomed. Our city is its people, and its people are survivors!

Another note, Mayor Fenty we still aren't voting for you. Go-Go adds or not.

If you really want to impress us -- open up that huge convention center and let's have the biggest memorial and go-go concert send off DC has ever seen for one of our greatest home Grown, artist ever - Little Benny!! We love you Benny, DC and Go-GO would never have been without you. R.I.P.!!

Posted by: love2much SE | June 1, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Fenty and Gray both go-go away.

Posted by: logosdesigns | June 1, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

wow! that go-go spot was lame at best.

if chuck makes an ad for gray it's game, set, match!

long live Lil' Benny!

Posted by: nivla | June 1, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

I agree with live2much SE, if they really want some support, open the Convention Center or rent Verizon Center and let us celebrate the life and legacy of Bennie Harley "Little Benny".

Posted by: AngieBUpTown | June 1, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

First and foremost, RIP Lil Benny - you'll be sorely missed but never forgotten.

My, my, my.....sounds like Fenty's getting a little nervous and desperate! Now, he's done absolutely NOTHING to assist this group of constituents in the 3.5 years he's served. He's cut their programs and any jobs for which they would've qualified, closed the neighborhood DPR childcare centers in case they found a job elsewhere, and the list goes on. Yet, Fenty NOW wants to place ads to the very folk he gave the middle finger for years. Seriously????!!! Here's a test of his interest and dedication to Go-Go music: Fenty grew up in the city - ask him to cite one - just one- song and the Go-Go band from the 80s. You know Celebrity Hall was cranking back then right in Fenty's neck of the woods. He hasn't a clue because he never was and never will be interested in Go-Go or the fans of it.

Now, Chuck ads for Gray? I'm game! Now, that'll be a trump play right there. PLUS, Chuck would appeal to those over 21 all the way to 61!!! Gray, you have this thing in the bag with Chuck posting ads for you.

Gingus???!!! WTH???!!! Moten and Abraham, I understand your programs were cut by council and you're plenty upset about it. However, I really need you to look at the bigger picture here: you're a non-profit organization to which private funders would fall over one another to support - you just need to apply for the funds instead of taking handouts from Fenty (who always wants something in return by the way). It's interesting that he cut the Roving Leaders program that served the same purpose as your organization which cost the city 1/10th of the amount they paid Peaceaholics. Now, it's clear - cut your competition supporting the need to give another buddy (or two) more DC taxpayer money. That's typical Fenty-style. Further, Fenty sold out the very people Peaceaholics serves in MANY aspects...oh, I get it, you're in it for the money too (screw the people). See, without Fenty cutting all of their programs, Peaceaholics wouldn't be needed. Doesn't your organization stand for "peace"?? Then, where were you when your boy was cutting all of the programs necessary to get these teens the jobs and training they need to survive and succeed? Or, is your bigger concern lining your pockets while you intervene AFTER the violence? With that said, I'm no longer sure I believe in you - you should pack and leave DC along with Fenty after this mayoral race.

Posted by: bodymagicbykim | June 1, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

It is like throwing everything at a wall. If I was a donor I would want my money back.

Posted by: 411Tibby | June 1, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

D.C. will continue to be the laughing stock of the nation if it continues to bring in crooks to run in office. I do not understand why the people of D.C. continue to vote these idiots in. Are there any good candidates out there willing to clean up this mess?

Posted by: rickymartin94 | June 1, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Street Cred?!
Come on man!
Perhaps he should don some skinny jeans LOL

Posted by: joebananas1 | June 1, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

I'm insulted by this new trick of Fenty. I've lived in DC all my life and there has always been this "look down attitude" on the very folks he's targeting. People remember this man has not shown his face in the area since being elected. His police chief and officers care nothing about the folks in SE except in the Eastern Market area but not across the bridge. As for the peaceacholics, they are a joke, eating up more of my tax dollars. I could go on and on but all who are interested in this go-go music just remember if you put this man back in office you will not see him, crime will remain the same, city services in Wards 7 and 8 (no snow removal, no police presence, no cleaning of streets, higher taxes, etc. ). He will go back to being the Mayor for folks in the Wards where he's put new rec centers, trash is collected properly, police is present on a regular, streets are cleaned by DPW, and he would not dare to insult them with go-go music.
Remember this is just a trick to get the black votes because he needs us to win. As for peaceacholics they want to get another fat contract from their buddy.

Posted by: barbarapeterson | June 1, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Barbara, who do you think lives in the Wards with new rec centers, white people? Black people live in all wards of the city, there is no white ward or black ward. I have at least 8 white friends who bought houses in Northeast and Southeast. I, as a white guy, regularly go to clubs on H St NE. I'm interested that when you talk about southeast you mention "Across the bridge." You mean the gentrified area around National Harbor, right? The segregated washington, dc you talk about hasn't existed since around 2001.

My friends moved into Ward 1 around 1989.

Posted by: bbcrock | June 2, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Barbara, who do you think lives in the Wards with new rec centers, white people? Black people live in all wards of the city, there is no white ward or black ward. I have at least 8 white friends who bought houses in Northeast and Southeast. I, as a white guy, regularly go to clubs on H St NE. I'm interested that when you talk about southeast you mention "Across the bridge." You mean the gentrified area around National Harbor, right? The segregated washington, dc you talk about hasn't existed since around 2001.

My friends moved into Ward 1 around 1989.

Posted by: bbcrock | June 2, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse
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For all intents and purps, there ARE black and white wards in DC. Wards 7/8 are considered black while wards 2/3 are white. That does not mean that every person who lives in them are of the same ethnicity but for the most part. Black/White.

Just FYI, the National Harbor is in "across the bridge" in Maryland NOT DC.

Posted by: dcis1 | June 2, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Please know that Lil Benny's family had already picked the Convention Center as the location due to the size of the family alon, close friends and fans.

Posted by: cherita_whiting@yahoo.com | June 2, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

I know this is going to make some people cry, but gentrification/redevelopment will march onward, no matter whether Gray or Fenty wins. The lure of people who contribute to the city's tax base rather than draw on its social services is just too much for any politician to resist.

Posted by: 20009matt | June 2, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

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