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D.C. Latino Caucus endorses Gray in mayor's race

D.C Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray scored a landslide victory in an endorsement vote held Saturday night by the D.C. Latino Caucus, the official voice of Hispanics within the D.C Democratic State Committee.

The vote means the caucus is working on Gray's behalf against incumbent Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) in the Sept. 14 Democratic primary.

According to Franklin Garcia, who heads the caucus, 37 members voted to endorse Gray compared to one vote for Fenty.

Before the vote, the organization held a mayoral candidates forum but Fenty did not show up. Despite Fenty's outreach to the Hispanic community, including his unsuccessful effort last year to install Ximena Hartsock as director of the Department of Parks and Recreation, some Hispanic leaders have criticized the mayor for not meeting with them enough.

Political strategists expect fewer than 10,000 Hispanics will vote in the primary, but activists note those voters could prove the margin of victory. Polls show Gray running strongly among African-Americans while Fenty has the edge among white residents.

Despite the endorsement of Gray, Fenty is expected to continue efforts to reach out to the Hispanic community and has enlisted the help of several Spanish-speaking campaign aides and volunteers.

-- Tim Craig

By Tim Craig  |  July 25, 2010; 1:05 PM ET
Categories:  2010 District Election , Mayor Fenty , Tim Craig , Vincent C. Gray  
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The end of Fenty is near ! Out with the useless idiot !

Posted by: ellislawoffice | July 25, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Who really cares what they have to say anyway....obviously they do not receive the level of social programs they feel that they are entitled to...

Posted by: mark0004 | July 25, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

And as soon as the sum total of gentrified DC whites and latinos exceeds the number of blacks in DC, DC will never again have another black mayor.

Posted by: john_bruckner | July 25, 2010 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Has the DC area gotten that dumb that all of a sudden, the Latino population has tripled overnight. Hello, can you say illegal immigration. Yeah, sure...they were already here and I'm a racist. Boo-hoo.

Posted by: Buthulhu | July 25, 2010 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Latino D.C. politics I know nothing about.

But from one of the best-informed political aides in D.C., I have learned that the Afro-American community is so disgusted with Mayor Fenty that it will take only 35 percent of Ward 3 ("upscale" NW Washington) to put Vincent Gray over the top.

Washington voters tend to be issue voters. E.g, if you like what he's done with Ms. Rhee and education, you may vote for Mayor Fenty, with no regard for his other appointments and/or unexplained firings of good folks.

Along such lines, if you are a renter, or have had to deal with the corrupt Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs headed by Linda Argo and/or the District Department of the Environment, then you, like I, will vote for Vincent Gray.

The corruption in D.C. government must end--now. Please vote on Sept. 14. It is the primary, but the mayor's race will be decided on that day.

Posted by: peartree | July 25, 2010 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Way to go DC Latino Caucus!

BTW: WAPO what's up with the juicy stories not available to comment on. It's not a coincidence that after the story broke on the fired teachers, posting has been difficult. Not to worry, City Paper is picking up everybody and freedom of speech is not an issue. Hint! Hint!

Posted by: candycane1 | July 25, 2010 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Where are all these White voters who support Fenty? I'm White, live in Ward 6 and the White people I know can't stand Fenty and have no intention of voting for him.

Oh, and btw, thanks Latino community!!!!

Posted by: UrbanDweller | July 25, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

DC White Guy for Gray here as well! None of my Caucasian friends who are registered Democrats are voting for baby fenty. I think the "all the white racists are gonna vote for baby fenty" myth is being perpetuated by the publishers of The Kaplan Post in hopes of ensuring they get a fat contact to manage newly privatized District Public Schools from moo-moo-the-witch rhee.

Posted by: bob_dylan_rocks | July 25, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

I think we are witnessing the beginning of th end of the reign of King Adrian, I. I would think that the majority of the Latino population lives in Ward 1. That should impact the king's ability to claim Ward 1, IF they all come out and vote. So it's up to the Caucus to mobilize its people and get them to the polls. Otherwise, this important endorsement will be meaningless.

Posted by: ssmd11 | July 25, 2010 10:28 PM | Report abuse


what up WP.. Click on Gray Wins Another Straw Poll and this article comes up.

mark0004 and john_bruckner

You are two reasons why folks will vote Fenty out of office. Your attitude is creating a very sad environment in this city.

Posted by: dccounselor72 | July 26, 2010 5:51 AM | Report abuse

Well that does it for me. I havent voted for 3 years. And was not going to vote for Fenty. Was considering Gray...but not now. Sounds like he's all for illegal aliens. Anyone voting for either Fenty or Gray has to be crazy. But thats what voters in DC are. Just look at Marion Barry. Time for real change. And Fenty and Gray are more of the same. Who will step up???

Posted by: espnfan | July 26, 2010 8:31 AM | Report abuse

It is fascinating that in 2010 the District of Columbia is still split, at least in opinion, along the lines of race. Perhaps it is group think gone wild, but I think it runs deeper.

if it is true that we all essentially want the same thing, safe streets, good schools, job opportunities and a continuation of the great work of Mayor Anthony Williams, then why do we see through different lenses when it comes to selecting the right man (or woman) to do that during election time? Why is it that African Americans (from rich to poor) support one candidate and the majority of whites, another? Is it just to support the opposite candidate that the other aligns with? Do we feel that we would be left out if we supported a candidate that the other supports?

This takes me back to the original point. Does it really matter if we all want the same thing?

I don't support Fenty, as I didn't in 2006, because I think he is ethically challenged, which he has proven to be so during this administration. And he treats the law as in inconvenience and applicable to all but himself.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | July 26, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

concernedaboutdc would have a point had Fenty not won EVERY precinct in the city. And though he was not beloved in the community, Tony Williams was respected as a solid manager across the political spectrum who figured out how to get the most out of his workforce without demeaning them. Fenty has taken the opposite track by scapegoating employees -most of whom are African-American- for systemic failures. His wholesale firing of overworked social workers in the Jacks case is just one example. Truly there are teachers in the DCPS who are simply not effective. But Fenty, who never went to DCPS schools himself and has refused to let his own children attend, seems to have bought into stereotyping DCPS teachers -again most of whom are black- as lazy and incompetent, when the truth is that many of these folks he and Rhee have chosen to demonize have endured years of not being fully supported (either in continuing training, supplies or even their physical safety) because they love to teach and care about these children probably more than Adrian Fenty ever could beyond the next election.

Posted by: orbitcv | July 26, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

what's going on with the blogs for Fenty articles? They kept coming up with errors.

Posted by: samvped205 | July 26, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

what's going on with the blogs for Fenty articles? They kept coming up with errors.

Posted by: samvped205 | July 26, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

WAPO, get your facts straight.
Latin people didn't even know about this thing. What is the Latino Caucus anyway?

34 people is a landslide win...?

Posted by: Laura345 | July 27, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse

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