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Fliers urge voters to 'Slap' Fenty


For two consecutive weeks, people attending candidates forums in the D.C. mayor's race have been greeted with fliers urging them to "slap" Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D).

"Slap This Brat," states the flyer, which includes a photo-shopped image of Fenty's face attached to a baby sitting on a rocking horse. "Elect Somebody. Anybody But Fenty."

Larger signs with the same image and message have also been posted on some city telephone poles. Many of the fliers and posters are in color while others are black-and-white.

The flier and signs do not include any information about who paid for or is distributing them, a possible violation of city campaign finance rules requiring disclosure of electioneering activities.

City election law states "campaign literature must be identified by the words 'paid for by' followed by the name and address of the payer or the committee or other person and its treasurer," according to the Office of Campaign Finance.

The campaign of Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray has denied any involvement in creating or distributing the fliers, which D.C. Wire first noticed at the Ward 3 Democrats candidates' forum Thursday. The Fenty campaign had no comment on the fliers last week.

Similar ads have also been appearing in the Washington City Paper. According to Washington Post reporter Mike DeBonis, those print ads state they are being paid for by "" But doesn't exist and there is no registered political committee with that name.

But D.C. Wire caught up with the young man who was handing out the fliers Monday night outside the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club forum.

The man, who refused to identify himself but appeared to be in his early 20s, said "some guy" asked him to hand out the fliers. He added he wasn't being paid for the work, but decided to hand out the fliers because he doesn't like what Fenty is doing with the schools.

With the increasingly nasty election still three months away, the anonymous fliers are likely just the beginning of the dirty tricks.

Update at 5:45 p.m. - Mo Elleithee, a senior Gray advisor, issued a statement to D.C. Wire this afternoon calling the fliers "tacky" and "reprehensible."

"There are a lot of reasons to disagree with the mayor, but there's no room for this kind of trash in the campaign," Elleithee said.

-- Tim Craig

By Tim Craig  |  June 15, 2010; 12:56 PM ET
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Tim and Mike,

The people are pissed with the current administration and they’re taking it upon themselves to express their 1st amendment right.

Why is it considered a dirty campaign trick when citizens voice their discontent with elected officials, but when the WAPO and its editorial board endorse a candidate it perfectly upright?

As Tracy Chapman said, movements start as a whisper and that’s exactly what’s taking place.

There are websites, facebook pages, yard signs, flyers that DC residents (not candidates) have created to express their frustration and disappointment with the current administration's antics.

Posted by: GoldCoast | June 15, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

While someone may have the "right" to pass out these kinds of fliers, they are completely devoid of any political argument and therefore are a big distraction that ultimately takes awy from the legitamate concerns people have with Fenty.

Even a flier with a picture of Fenty with a bunch of frat brothers handing over rolls of cash for no bid contracts would make a point.

It is sad how politically mindless some people are.

Posted by: letsbereal2 | June 15, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

I saw this guy at a forum last week. There was a Gray supporter right behind him chastising him, to not say "anyone but Fenty" but to support Gray.

I bet as Gray gets more and more endorsements, the guy just disappears. There won't be any need for him.

Posted by: efavorite | June 15, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

US citizens have the right to criticize the government. Although we may or may not agree with his argument, democracy affords him the right to express his discontent.

Posted by: GoldCoast | June 15, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Political dissent refers to any expression designed to convey dissatisfaction with or opposition to the policies of a governing body. Such expression may take forms from vocal disagreement to civil disobedience to the use of violence. Historically, repressive governments have sought to punish political dissent. The protection of freedoms that facilitate peaceful dissent has become a hallmark of free and open societies.

Posted by: thelildiva4u | June 15, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Fenty was having a field day slapping the cab drivers around. And now it's coming back on him.

Posted by: starclimber9 | June 15, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Still no comments from the Post regarding Fenty workers destroying Gray and other signs, putting signs in homeowners' yard without permission and placing bumper stickers on cars.

Oh no, someone is passing out fliers showing Fenty images--now that is something we must report.

Poor mistreated FENTY.

Posted by: fmurray200111 | June 15, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

If Fenty’s PAID campaign workers are placing signs in homeowners' yards without their permission, the homeowner can report it to DC Office of Campaign Finance.

Posted by: GoldCoast | June 15, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

That's funny! However, I prefer that we slap him with pink slips that say "You're Fired!" right after the primary. How many people live in the district? Yeah, that many pink slips!

Posted by: candycane1 | June 15, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse


This campaign is turning into a freak show. King Fenty's kingdom is falling down around him. Adrian brought this on himself by becoming an arrogant vindictive monster. I will not slap him because you can go to jail for assault. I would rather for King Fenty to slap or punch me in my face and he can go to jail for assault. LOL Hopefully, they will put King Fenty in a jail cell with a big black muscular man named Bubba as his cell mate. LOL LOL

When King Fenty loses the election, I will tell King Fenty what he can kiss. Many Ward 4 D.C. voters/residents dislike or hate King Fenty and I am sure,there are some that want to slap the King. LOL LOL

Posted by: Ward4DC | June 15, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

More than 60 percent of voters polled wanted a different choice for mayor when asked last year. This was before Gray entered the race.

In places where Gray (or supporters) is no where to be found Fenty is booed.

The hate directed to Mayor Fenty has nothing to do with campaign. This type of hate is so anomalous but is every present when it comes to Mayor Fenty. It is the hardcore disappoint.

Gray doesn't have to compare himself to Fenty. He could actually not even exist and do well in this campaign. Fenty is his own opposition worker and there are so many independent entities taking aim at the Mayor, Gray never even has to acknowledge that he exist--must less return fire. He should campaign as if it is an open seat.

Posted by: 411Tibby | June 15, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Most undecided people are like the "anybody but Fenty" guy, they know they will not vote for Fenty, but they are not sure who they want in his stead. I predict as Gray becomes more and more viable, he will become the choice of all these undecided people. Fenty will lose by a landsllde and he won't even know what happened to him!

Posted by: tacard1 | June 16, 2010 8:05 AM | Report abuse

LMBO!!!!!!!!!!!!! I usually wouldn't support anything like this, but Fenty and his administration have caused me to react out-of-character! I truly despise them and welcome harm to their campaign (nothing physical though). This flier hit the nail right on the head though...Fenty is a brat who probably has a rocking horse in his office because he doesn't and hasn't done anything but take credit for Anthony Williams' hard work during his tenure. And somebody needs to "slap" (literally - not physically) him to wake him up!!! He's brought so much harm to people in the past three years that it's saddening. Yet, that's what will cost him his seat - try getting a vote from all the folks you fired (contracting out their work to less talented people - namely Fenty frat brothers) or the parents of DPR daycare centers Fenty closed with only four days notice (including the weekend) to find other adequate care which caused many of them to lose their jobs or the taxi drivers whose income dropped significantly thanks to Fenty or the Seniors whose programs he cut or the mental health workers and patients whose program dollars were cut or the gay/lesbians whose faces Fenty's Administration spit in more than a few times.

I'd say Fenty should pull out of the race and save himself further embarrassment. All Fenty did was live up to his name as the "youngest DC mayor" and his immaturity and rebelliousness definitely showed it - he's apparently stuck in that "teenager phase" where they're convinced that everything about them is perfect and anyone who gets in their way will pay dearly! Wake up, grow up and move on Fenty!!!

Posted by: bodymagicbykim | June 16, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

I'm not sure how this is a "dirty trick" as Tim Craig states. Seems to me its just a straight-up expression of discontent with Fenty.

Posted by: davethewave99 | June 16, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: fivetogo | June 16, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

I doubt this is a dirty trick by any other politician. As much of a failure as I think Fenty's people skills are as well as his maltreatment of people in the City, people should at minimum respect the office of mayor. No one should post flyers to incite violence against him. Now, a pink flyer that says Fire Fenty? That's a good political flyer.

And for the record, his camp has been threatening people, menacing them for votes, destroying Gray materials and posting their signs in people's yards without permission. Perhaps poor little Adrian should realize karma is something else.

Still, no one should try to incite violence.

Posted by: southyrndiva | June 18, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: marSF | June 18, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

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