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Posted at 8:48 PM ET, 06/12/2010

Gray bests Fenty in D.C. Democratic straw poll

By Terri Rupar

Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray won a citywide Democratic straw poll for mayor Saturday with a whopping 703 votes. Incumbent Mayor Adrian M. Fenty drew 190 votes, followed by 75 for former television reporter Leo Alexander. Other candidates posted single-digit outcomes, according to the unofficial results.

Seventy-four provisional ballots were not included in the totals that were released.

The victory at the D.C. Democratic State Convention was a major boost for the Gray campaign, which faltered at the Ward 8 Democrats' straw poll when Peaceoholics co-founder Ron Moten organized youths to vote for Fenty. Though Gray was ultimately declared the winner after provisional ballots could not be declared valid, the Fenty campaign showed that it was prepared and organized in a ward where Gray is heavily favored in polls.

On Saturday at Howard University School of Law, Gray volunteers blanketed the area with his blue signs in the morning. When Fenty supporters arrived in the afternoon, they had to scurry to create an equal presence with signs and stickers.

Fenty was clearly outmatched and was booed, as well as cheered by supporters, during a forum for mayoral candidates.

Fenty has struggled to win over many active members of the local Democratic State Committee since the national convention in Denver in 2008 when he missed the local delegation's breakfasts there. In one case, he was the guest speaker and a no-show.

In other straw polls held Saturday, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton also had a landslide victory of 732 to 171 against Doug Sloan. At-Large Council member Kwame R. Brown handily beat former council member Vincent B. Orange 585 to 329 in the race to replace Gray as chairman. Incumbent Council member Phil Mendelson (At Large) kept challenger Clark Ray at bay with a 512 to 243 victory.

Incumbent council members Tommy Wells (Ward 6), Jim Graham (Ward 1) and Harry Thomas (Ward 5) all came out on top against their competitors.

But Thomas appeared the most threatened, winning 116 votes compared with 94 for Delano Hunter, who was well-organized and drew voters who want a referendum on gay marriage.

All the candidates have been using the straw polls to show an ability to organize and to gain momentum, but past results show that they are unreliable in predicting Election Day. In the 2006 contest for mayor, Orange, then-Council Chairman Linda W. Cropp and current at-large Council member Michael Brown won straw polls. Fenty swept every precinct in the Democratic primary.

--Nikita Stewart

By Terri Rupar  | June 12, 2010; 8:48 PM ET
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Dear Bob King: That's the best you can do to rally votes for anti-marriage equality candidates? Not one upset in any of the ward races?

You couldn't even keep your old friend Vincent Orange in the fold, as he is now on record supporting marriage rights for same gender couples. We saw him waving and shaking hands with a lot of LGBT residents at the gay pride parade this evening. What's up with that?

We demand our $60,000 back now!

Sincerely yours, Brian Brown, Maggie Gallagher and the National Organization for Marriage.

Oh, and Bishop Harry Jackson, too.

Posted by: mitchw7959 | June 12, 2010 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Straw polls in themselves do not mean as much. But there was a lopside on this one that does mean something.

Fenty's votes are comprised of young voters who do not read past the talking points and those who work for him. They were the sticker on the otherside but only you are alone in the voting booth.

It is obvious someone took the free ride and may have took the money but did not vote the way the Fenty campaign intended. Plus this group has very little discipline. Not only were they kicking over the signs or other campaign--but they did so in broad daylight.If you are going to do so be devious. And for goodness sake don't be photographed doing so. It was the talk of the convention...and that may have turned of the few persuadable.

Posted by: 411Tibby | June 12, 2010 11:22 PM | Report abuse

This article fails to mention that in the 2006 contest for mayor that turn out for every precent was the lowest too in recent history. I think the turn out city wide in 2010 will be high which will not offer the support Fenty received in '06.

Posted by: winston61 | June 12, 2010 11:27 PM | Report abuse

This is good news to many D.C. voters. Everywhere I go in D.C., black, white, Latino, gay, straight, old, and young say that are fed up with King Fenty. Driving thru Ward 4 yesterday, I saw a not of blue yard signs for Vincent Gray. This need to be a wake up call for Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser. This woman is a puppet for Adrian M. Fenty and she doesn't have a mind of her own. Many Ward 4 voters are too fed up with Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser. I would name names, but I will keep them confidential. LOL LOL

Posted by: Dracula1 | June 13, 2010 12:42 AM | Report abuse

Correction: Driving around in Ward 4 on yesterday, I saw a lot of blue Vincent Gray signs in yards.

Posted by: Dracula1 | June 13, 2010 1:02 AM | Report abuse

BTW: The city should have demamded that Fenty pay the city back the money used to send him to the National Democratic Convention. Instead of being present and accountable to the District and casting the District's votes, he was out riding a bike.

Posted by: candycane1 | June 13, 2010 7:32 AM | Report abuse

not surprising to see strong Gray support from the DC Dem State committee, many of whom care more about who appeared for what breakfast than whether the schools are improving.

Posted by: hungrypug | June 13, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Hungrypug -- I care about the schools improving.

Did you know that student achievement scores have been rising in DCPS for over a decade under 6 superintendents, before Rhee arrived? That information was not publicized until Rhee came. Did you know that the achievement gap has widened since she’s been here?* The editorial board doesn’t mention that at all, but it was reported once in the news section* of the Post.


Posted by: efavorite | June 13, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

I have strong suggestion by the Vince Gray campaign--you are running FOR mayor not running against Fenty.

This is a radical concept. The Washington POst will soft shoe their reporting. But if any of the bigwigs at the Vince Gray campaign is reading this blog---Adam/David/Stephanie or Lorraine....before Vince Gray entered the race 2/3 of voters wanted a different choice.

Please change the messaging to emphasize why Vince Gray should be mayor rather than Mayor Fenty is a bad mayor. 2/3 of people already figured this out. But they do not know Vince Gray. I do so I am supporting Vince Gray. Others still don't know why--and there option is to sit at home.

Fenty receives his boos. And some are too stupid (wishfully or wantedly) to realize Fenty's mailers are a completely farce, that Michelle Rhee has no reason to stay after she gets married regardless of who wins, and the streetcar issue is something silly on its face. Continue to talk to those voters but concentrate on the other vast majority that are awaiting an introduction.

I already see Fenty is not like. They come through my neighborhood or others some yell at them, some take their yard sign--then toss it and others pretend not to be home. Get over the euphoria that you are going up against and unliked candidate and just do your job of getting your message out. Yes--we know he is not liked. We know he is booed. And yes-we know the media and the Washington POst still has not caught on....but you have yer to make your the vast majority of voters don't know you.

If I am in the audience when you concentrate on talking about Fenty--I will leave. Please start talking about your thorough, measured, and strong leadership style as evidence as......

Talking about him waste your precious time. It is not necessary--lets talk about you.

Posted by: 411Tibby | June 13, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

"...past results show that they are unreliable in predicting Election Day."

Gee, you might have put that, along with a working explanation of what a straw poll is, somewhere near the *top* of the story, not the bottom.

But I guess Nikita prefers a little more slant in her stories....

Posted by: RealityCheckerInEffect | June 13, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

This is GREAT news! Congratulations VIncent Gray and Kwame Brown.

Posted by: DCbred | June 13, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

reality-checker-in chief --- the 2006 straw poll was done before Fenty's campaign had taken off. I see the 2010 straw poll as a sign that the Gray campaign has taken off. It doesn't mean he is going to win, but it does mean he has momentum right now. He needs to use it well.

411Tibby - I agree with you until the end of your post. Please don't walk out when Gray starts to attack Fenty. I think Gray must attack Fenty, just as Fenty attacks him. This is a political race, against opponents, remember.

Yes, Gray needs to introduce himself and I see that he is doing that more these days. More people will be interested in who he is, now that they see he is winning straw polls and getting money and more supporters than Fenty.

Posted by: efavorite | June 13, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Great News. Straw Polls are not a very good predictor put they do demonstrate the direction of voter momentum.

Gray only need stay on message. Fenty is very effective in running a campaign against himself.

Gray's team should do their homework and look at all of the "accomplishments" that Fenty claims, Find out when they were planned, funded and contracted (Williams Administration) and make it public. They should also look at Fenty's voting record on those projects when they were brought to the council when he was a council member and publicize how he voted. (More than likely NO, if it was a Williams initiative).

Fenty's reach back to the 90's should be made to be his own downfall.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | June 13, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

I whole heartedly agree, Gray needs to stay focused. If Fenty is reading answers from the blackberry, he can be easily challenged about his accomplishments, most of what was not initiated by him in the first place. If he initiated half of what he takes credit for he could pull answers from his pocket. I love Gray's question to Fenty, "How can you be so misinformed?"(priceless)

Stay positive because Fenty and crew have already gone full force being negative. Additionally,his workers have been seen taking yard signs and slapping bumper stickers on cars without the consent of the owner. They came through my neighborhood, took the yard signs and replaced some of them with Fenty signs. Desperate!

Posted by: candycane1 | June 13, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Oh, dear. Sic sic sic. What does this say for the ability to write, think, communicate in this city?

Posted by: atz0 | June 13, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Let me say this: I am a Chairman Gray supporter, but I had high hopes for the Fenty Administration when it came into office. Like many, I viewed his candidacy as ushering in a new era of hands-on, dynamic political leadership. Mayor Fenty grabbed the political baton of leadership. But instead of using it to rally the city to be its best, he twirled it with abandon.

Whether Chairman Gray heeds the good advice to better tell his story and his vision for connecting Washington's strong with its weak so that all boats rise does not matter.

What matters is that Washington DC remember political power is still in their hands. They should wield it like a club until all would-be mayors and Council members practice humility as a learned behavior.

Posted by: NativeDCPolitico | June 13, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

candycane -- I believe taking down signs and adding one's own without permission is illegal. At least that's what I was told while canvassing during the presidential election. If anyone sees that happening. Please report it - also try to get a picture of it.

If anyone finds an unwanted political sign in your yard or on your car -- get rid of it. Don't become an advertisement for someone you don't support.

Posted by: efavorite | June 13, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

It is illegal because you are trespassing and taking the sign is theft. He has young folks out there campaigning for him and you can see what they are learning, disprespect for someone's property, theft and negative campaigning.

Posted by: candycane1 | June 13, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Is there a "great day in the neighborhood" coming soon.

Congratulations--Vincent Gray.

Posted by: fmurray200111 | June 13, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

More on Fenty's preferential treatment and fiscal mismanagement:

From the Examiner

SunTrust National Marathon has left the District with more than $485,000 in overtime costs over the past two years. Marathon organizers paid about $26,000 to defray costs.

NOTE: Mayor Adrian Fenty, a passionate triathlete, ran in the 2009 SunTrust marathon.

In comparison,organizers of the annual Caribbean parade, were made to pay $200,000 to the police department for its overtime costs.

Neither Police Chief Cathy Lanier nor Attorney General Peter Nickles responded to requests for comment.

In March, city Administrator Neil Albert ordered the police department to ABSORB the costs of the marathon, saying the race was chance to "showcase the world class qualities and tradition synonymous with the nation's capital."

I guess the Caribbean Festival, because Fenty isn't into predominately black cultural events, doesn't qualify for this "waiver".

Yet another reason Fenty must go.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | June 13, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

"In March, city Administrator Neil Albert ordered the police department to ABSORB the costs of the marathon, "

No one embodies want went wrong with the Fenty administration, and right from the get go I might add, then Neil Albert and his band of moron thugs. Sadly, it seems that a cadre of young black members of a certain social class mistook public service for something that was their due and have behaved accordingly. The Jair Lynch, Jeff Smith, Kelvin Robinson, Neil Albert crowd can just go away as far as I am concerned.

Oddly though I never thought Adrian Fenty was that way, he certainly fooled me until the Alex Evans episode exposed his shallow character. I guess I shouldn't have expected more from someone raised by an egocentric father who apparently thinks, because he sired the Mayor I guess, it is appropriate for him to wear shorts to the theater on Saturday night.

And then, of curse, there is Rahm Emanuel....sinking the Obama administration from day one.

Posted by: ManOpener | June 13, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

I watched in amazement as Fenty staffers (made up of DC government workers and out of state college kids) took down the signs of other candidates, Mr. Gray and Mr. Brown to place theirs in those areas.

I approached Mr. Sinclaire Skinner, who was at this event campaigning for Mr. Fenty and told him about hit. He told me that since this was public space it was no holds barred. I told him that in the name of fair play and decency would he tell his volunteers to stop; he declined. Mr. Kwame Browns supporters finally approached the Fenty crew and DEMANDED that they stop being so rude and abbrasive and that in the political circles it is a matter of respect, NOT to touch others yard signs. The young college-aged gentlemen stated that they weren't from DC so what we were saying didn't matter to them, that in politics there is nothing that is off-limits on public property. I was SHOCKED!!!

Also for Mr. Fenty and his team to show up two hours before the event ended, with Ronald Moten, Sinclaire Skinner and paid youth from the Ward 8 section of the city who 1) didn't know where they were, 2) didn't know what a straw poll was, and 3) only came because they were being paid $20.00 per hour to be there and could leave at exactly 4:00pm was a DISGRACE.

It is shocking to me that Mr. Fenty is only pimping out out-of town youth, and youth from the poorest wards in the city...he did not go and get youth from Wards 2 and 3 to come to this straw poll and it was held irght in Ward 3's back yard. He didn't because he doesn't want those voters to know just how underhanded this campaign is being.

Posted by: lacairaine | June 13, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

@lacairaine: Thanks for sharing. And as it happens, please continue to share these types of stories. Politics never has been School, but the people do deserve to know how low Fenty is wiling to go out of desperation.

Putting bumper stickers on private automobiles without permission is against the law. It is vandalism. If you see it, tape it and report it to the police.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | June 13, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

I agree with @concernedaboutdc, and @lacairane, Fenty and his band of "New Jack City" crew are just thugs. When all is said a done, the Fenty administration will be the absolute Worst administration in DC history.

Posted by: fivetogo | June 13, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

I was at the event also. The Fenty crew arrived so late that all the best spots for signs and tables were taken. They either had to take out other peoples signs, or rearrange them, to make room for Fenty signs. I saw them doing both! It was pathetic.

Posted by: tacard1 | June 13, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Stewart

Why aren't you writing about the Fenty thugs taking down Gray signs?

Scared of your bosses?

Posted by: fmurray200111 | June 13, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Another thought -

Mr. Skinner and Mr. Moten are two gifts that keep on giving.

Thanks to both of you and keep up your good work. LOL

Posted by: fmurray200111 | June 13, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Well I've decided that they have one more time to hit me. If they take my sign and replace it with Fenty, I'm keeping it. I'm going to paint a great big NO right in the middle of it and then put up a fresh Gray sign. Perhaps everyone should do it and maybe that will stop them.

Posted by: candycane1 | June 13, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

FakeFatSEChurchby7DPo-Po, please seek some mental health counseling. You are a real nut case. You continue to post the same comment about some black church ladies in Southeast on the Washington Post and the Washington City Paper blogs.

Oops, I forgot King Fenty closed and privatized the D.C. Department of Mental Health and cut the mental health's budget, fired mental health Social Workers and Registered Nurses. Unfortunately many people are wondering the streets of D.C. in need of mental health.

I will never cast a vote for King Fenty again. Fenty is in serious trouble in Ward 4 D.C. and he's hated by previous supporters/voters. This isn't gossip I'm stating. I know for a fact many Ward 4 voters hate King Fenty. He's not popular in his Crestwood neighborhood. I look forward in seeing this mean vindictive man not win his re-election. Once it's all over, I am going to tell King Fenty off to his face and tell him what to kiss. LOL

Posted by: Ward4DC | June 13, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Fenty can't dazzle the voters because although he has baffled us before, we know better now. He has mailed fliers in an attempt to blind us to the reality of areas like Trinidad, where a four year old boy was hit and killed while playing with his brothers; or the lipstick on a pig job done in Congress Heights, SE where people are still waiting for the economic change happening in SW and NW. The flier boasts the improvements in 8th Street, NE corridor, but established business already existed there. When whites moved in the area, he started working in the same area. Just like the Georgetown library, he jumped on repairs from the fire damage. I can name other examples of his biased choices. I'm not a racists, but I do believe Fenty is. He's not concern about blacks and shows it.

Posted by: skinfreak | June 13, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

The Fenty Administration "Hall of Shame" is quite extensive. Besides the housing authority corruption case, his lack of transparency, his arrogance and temperment issues, his inability to play fair with the legislative branch, his disrespect of Dorothy Height and Maya Angelou (just to name a few), the boy prince has now polarized this city along racial lines. I believe wards 2 and 3 (mostly white) will go for Fenty overwhelming. Fenty will be competitive in ward 1 and maybe 6 (gentrifying wards) but will lose badly in wards 4, 5, 7 and 8 (mostly black) which will give Gray his victory. I know of a few white folks who are sticking with Fenty b/c of Rhee. I believe the Post will offer a tepid endorsement of Fenty b/c of the Rhee factor, which will further outrage the black community where Rhee is not popular. Keep up the good work Fenty for bringing the city together.

Posted by: roscoedc | June 14, 2010 1:24 AM | Report abuse

Remember when the boy prince took his oath of office and immediately overlooked many qualified local african americans for top post in his administration? Education, Police, Fire, Attorney General, City Administrator all went to non-african americans. Given that DC is still 58% black and the metro area has the most educated and qualified african american community in the US, the boy prince came up empty with black candidates for his administration. This was the kickoff of the black community's distrust of the Fenty administration.

Posted by: roscoedc | June 14, 2010 1:29 AM | Report abuse

Debt paid

The big win for mayoral hopeful Council Chair, Vincent Gray at the DC Democratic Convention is being considered as a debt repaid to the political organization. Officers within the organization came out in full force to support Gray to help deliver him the victory with 703 votes.

Gray stuck his neck out for the DC Democrats when he (illegally) used his official letterhead and influence to solicit funds from companies that do business with the DC government. The funds were used to help pay for the organization’s expenses at the National Democratic Presidential Convention in 2008.

After several groups complained that Gray knowingly violated the Hatch Act, an investigation was conducted by The Office of Campaign Finance, which ruled in his favor.

The DC Republican Committee has requested an investigation by the attorney general into the matter citing that Gray’s actions were clearly illegal and a punishable offense. The investigation is still underway.

Although impressive to many political pundits, the straw poll victory is not an indication of Gray’s chances in the primary. Fenty came in second with 190 votes. Leo Alexander, came in third place with 75 votes despite the fact he has been ignored by the media and lacks the finances of the two elected officials. In the last mayoral election, the victor of the Democratic straw poll (Linda Cropp, council chairwoman) lost miserably to Fenty in the Democratic Primary.

Posted by: vmohammed16 | June 14, 2010 5:04 AM | Report abuse

vmohammed16 - in the 2006 straw poll, Fenty had not yet begun to campaign vigorously. He was fairly unknown. this year, he's very well known - more so than Gray - and still Gray won. That means something.

Roscoedc - It looks like you're doing your part to increase the racial divide. Remember, Gray's theme is "one city," so please consider tamping down your rhetoric. Gray himself would never talk like that. I don't think it helps when his supporters do.

I think the more people get to know him, the more impressed they will be. Sort of the opposite of what's happening with Fenty.

Posted by: efavorite | June 14, 2010 7:10 AM | Report abuse

Gray is perhaps the lesser of two evils but I don't think Fenty is out of the game yet. I wouldn't count out his possible reelection.

Posted by: UnknownHenson | June 14, 2010 7:25 AM | Report abuse


How many votes did your candidate get at the straw poll?


Posted by: dccounselor72 | June 14, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

efavorite: Thanks for your comments but I'm baffled. I had to re-read my comments to determine how I am "doing my part" to increase the racial divide in DC. I am a private citizen expressing an opinion like yourself. I am not running for office nor am I part of Gray's political team. Yes it would be unwise for Gray to speak on racial terms but I fully believe this country does not discuss race enough. I was simply speaking about the lack of racial diversity in the Fenty Administration, which has been a concern for many in the AA community. There was no hostility in my comments about his hiring practices, just observations. While I appreciate your concern about the tone and rhetoric of the Gray campaign, lets leave that for the candidates and their handlers. No need to harness private citizens from sharing their views.

Posted by: roscoedc | June 14, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Roscoedc - I assumed you were a Gray supporter, so decided to share my view that it sounded like you were not helping his cause by focusing on how Fenty's been unfair to black people.

It's my view that Gray wouldn't do it and wouldn't advise his supporters to do it. It's my view that Fenty supporters will become more entrenched if they think of their vote mainly along racial lines

In contrast, I think many Fenty supporters, if given a chance to assess Fenty and Gray for themselves, will see that Gray is the better choice on his own merits. He's experienced, intelligent, dedicated to DC and fair, respectful and responsive to people, regardless of race.

Posted by: efavorite | June 14, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

The only reason Gray won the straw-poll vote is because the whites who support Fenty...were scared to venture onto Howard's University campus. Believe me, if this was held at American University the outcome would might have been quite different.

If millions of dollars raised by Fenty can be used to pay campaign workers, then so-be-it. Don't hate the players in the game if Fenty can pay at a rate of $20.00 a hour to the other candidates who are barely offering minimum wage. Remember the vote is is the campaigning that cost.

Posted by: PowerandPride | June 14, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Powerandpride - I doubt whites were scared to go there. It was held at Howard Law School, which is right in the middle of white ward 3, down Van Ness street, just a block from Connecticut Avenue.

Also, I don't think most whites are afraid of black law students.

One could make the opposite argument -- that the location would attract more Fenty supporters.

Posted by: efavorite | June 14, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

A friend told me that Fenty signs have appeared on the lawn of a vacant property whose previous owner/occupant has been long deceased. The same friend has also been the recipient of a sign, although she did not request it.

His campaign workers have been aggressive in their approach to some residents at their very own doorsteps. If Fenty's---or any candidate's campaign--refuses to leave my doorstep or otherwise persist in rogue fashion after being told "no", I will call the police. Although nothing will likely come of it, the behavior that has been described on some listservs amount to trespassing and harassment, the same behavior exhibited by any uninvited intruder.

Posted by: logosdesigns | June 14, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

I originally supported Gray because I was in the "anybody but Fenty" bunch. But after listening to him speak, and hearing about his life as a public servant, I am becomming a Gray fan. Gray is keeping up a grueling pace and still takes time to talk to people. Gray was forward thinking enough to begin a political career at age 60. Where will Fenty be at that age? No one is perfect, but I am pleased that a person of Gray's caliber has agreen to run for Mayor.

Posted by: tacard1 | June 14, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Aren't they (Fenty and Gray) one in the same? One is young, one is old (perhaps too old to be running for mayor; Gray has Fenty by three decades!) Both pander to privatization. Keep in mind that all the while Fenty and crew run amok, Gray sits back and does nothing as chairman....absolutely nothing. Someone on here said that Gray is the lesser of two evils. I disagree. I actually think that both Vince and Adrian operate equally, that is, in the realm of self only. I already see Gray's arrogance coming through. At his most recent debates, Gray was perfecting the Fenty brush-off to those who actually favor him. How stupid! He isn't even in office yet and he's parading as though he has a star on the boulevard.

Posted by: faineant | June 14, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

For some reason, the pointed-brow Vincent, who bears a striking resemblance to Count Dracula, could be king bloodsucker. Gray has nothing to lose...he's old...he only wants four years, that's it. A second term is not in his future because he'll be more than ready for his rocker. Really, he's ready for that rocking chair now. But he had to come through for his comrades as the last hope for the old heads like Pratt Kelly, Barry, Rivlin, and others. Gray will disappoint.

Posted by: faineant | June 14, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Gray proved during his Ward 3 debate that he can turn into that angry, old man on any given Sunday. His temper is a precursor to the additional trouble the city is headed for. He stood up and moved in on Fenty, with a trembling, shaking index finger pointed at the mayor and spitting useless diatribe. What was next? Punching our mayor. He is still our mayor, you know. Gray was angered because Fenty told him in other words that he is the pot calling the kettle black.

Posted by: faineant | June 14, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

One more thing, and this is for Adrian, control your thugs. One of Ron Moten's low-budget gangsters threatened to steal on Leo Alexander at the Howard forum. Leo was closed-lip throughout but the "mad man" peacoholic continued his attempt to frighten Leo by saying, "Man, disrespect my wife again and I'm going to steal the sh** out of you." How absurd!! Adrian, you sat there with a smile on your face. Did you mobilize that miscreant to disrespect Leo? I bet you though, Leo's military-trained wife, who was present would have put some moves down on the stocky disruption if in fact he was serious. Dag, Adrian, if that is your muscle then I feel sorry for you. No wonder Ron M. has been bullying you for years. Your crew is loud but weak on these streets of DC. C'mon, that episode did tickle me though. "Say sumthin else...Imma steal the sh** out of you." So hilarious. And, Adrian, you cute.

Posted by: faineant | June 14, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

@tibby411--I agree but if you think Gray's camp is reading blogs, think again. Don't you understand that Gray's propaganda has to be an attack on Fenty because Gray himself does not have an impeccable record. I really wish people stop this black and white stuff. Listen, Gray would have done the same thing if he were placed in Fenty's seat four years ago. Remember that Ant Williams planted the seed, and it would have been incumbent upon any successor to toil for the desired harvest -- the one we see in the immaculately renovated wards. You people cannot be that slow!

Posted by: faineant | June 14, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

All in all though I love pointed brows for his old school way. So, I choose the lesser of the two evils - GOOOO Gray!

And Fenty, even though you will lose and probably know it, at least you look good doing it. You've had that biking glow lately. And you could probably give Gray some pointers on his wardrobe which is quite drab these days.

But still, GOOOO Gray! I love both you guys for being Washingtonians to the core.

Posted by: faineant | June 14, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

@efavorite@ I agree that [they] are not afraid of the law students of Howard University. But you see it was referenced as Howard University Law School and that immediately put a disclaimer on it as being a "black thang and you won't understand"

Yes one could say that the location could and should have attracted more Fenty supporters...but wasn't it Captiol Pride and Worldcup weekend too. One must priotorize don't [they]. Hmmmmmmmm, the clean, shaven-bald head brigade couldn't be in three places at once or could [they].

Posted by: PowerandPride | June 14, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

@efavorite@ I agree that [they] are not afraid of the law students of Howard University. But you see it was referenced as Howard University Law School and that immediately put a disclaimer on it as being a "black thang and you won't understand"

Yes one could say that the location could and should have attracted more Fenty supporters...but wasn't it Captiol Pride and Worldcup weekend too. One must priotorize, shouldn't [they]? Hmmmmmmmm, the clean, shaven-bald head brigade couldn't be in three places at once or could [they]?

Sashay Away!!!

Posted by: PowerandPride | June 14, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

If you find that your sign has been replaced with a Fenty sign. Simple take it in, get a fresh bright red marker, draw a big circle around the Fenty name and a slash through it then put it back in front of your lawn next to a nice new Vince Gray sign.

Fenty has 3 million dollars to burn, use his money against him.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | June 15, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

interesting reading.... proponents and opponents of both sides of the mayor's race make very strong points... should be a very hot summer (politically) I would say congratulations to all the winners from the event saturday but after reading the posts i'm not sure if the polls mean anything at all

Posted by: DCisourcity | June 16, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

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