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Evans appears in new TV ad for Fenty

Add Council member Jack Evans to the list of those testifying about why Mayor Adrian M. Fenty should be reelected this year.

On Saturday, the Fenty campaign unveiled three new 15-second testimonials, including one in which Evans (D-Ward 2) addresses one of the criticisms of Fenty: "Some people say that Adrian Fenty doesn't play well with others."

"Some people" would include Evans. In November, he told The Washington Post that Fenty has always tended to "operate alone."

In 2006, when Fenty successfully ran against then-Council Chairman Linda W. Cropp, who was endorsed by Evans, the Ward 2 council member made a number of unflattering statements about Fenty.

"He did not know what he was doing. He was just grandstanding," Evans said in August 2006 as he referred to Fenty's initial plan to use lottery funds to renovate schools. "I don't think he's a serious person."

Again about the school plan, Evans said: "Adrian introduced the bill, and that's it. He doesn't participate in the actual workings of government."

The same month, Evans also opined on how Fenty works with others: "We all like [Cropp], and I can see us working together very closely. With Adrian, I can't say that won't happen, but it has not happened to date. He would have to completely change or find himself at odds with the council."

But Evans, the council's longest-serving member, began changing his tune after Fenty was elected. He has become an ally of the mayor on a council where Fenty has few supporters and where his chief challenger, Chairman Vincent C. Gray, has developed a reputation as a collaborator.

In the new spot, which can be seen frequently on ESPN, Evans says Fenty "can work with others and get results." He uses the historic, $39 million renovation of the School Without Walls as an example.

Fenty's ad campaign, which now has six commercials, is targeting well-known knocks on the mayor. The first three spots addressed beliefs that Fenty does not care about residents east of the Anacostia River, has not done enough for small businesses and is arrogant.

The new set of commercials addresses other criticisms: that the mayor doesn't care about neighborhood interests and has done little to generate jobs for District residents, and that he is unable to work with others.

The messages in the commercials were fine-tuned after the campaign met with focus groups in late June.

By Nikita R Stewart  |  July 19, 2010; 1:25 PM ET
Categories:  2010 District Election , Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart , Vincent C. Gray  
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A Jack Evans endorsement underscores why I won't be voting for Fenty.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | July 19, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Evans is bought and paid for by developers and now, Mayor Fenty.

I wonder what trinkets Fenty gave Evans for this endorsement.

Just last month Evans was warning the public that Fenty is on the verge of bringing the Control Board back and how Fenty needs to work with the council and control his spending.

Evans is an old joke with ZERO credibility!

Posted by: GoldCoast | July 19, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Pursuant to the article in the Post also, please (dear goldcoast), show me what Gray has done for DC.. Just because he hasn't
taken all of Nikita Stewart's friends, and cozied up on the phone, but has gotten DC to a better place, I think he might have the support of those in need on Bladensburg RD, well as Georgetown.

Posted by: pdv1 | July 19, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Do tell what Fenty has done that Anthony Williams didn't do the legwork and set up the contracts for? Do tell???

Ohh, my apologies, we can't, those public records are SEALED by the District's Attorney General.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | July 19, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

evans. who cares. he doesnt pull any votes in the city or he would have run for chair.

Posted by: nivla | July 19, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

evans is a smart politician, unlike the majority of clowns on the council. bottom line - things get done in ward 2. spend all you time fighting with the executive gets you nowhere - just ask barry, et al. evans does what is best for ward 2.

Posted by: onthecontrary | July 19, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

I strongly echo the comments above by concernedaboutdc and GoldCoast.

The biggest effect that the hypocritical Evans ad in support of Fenty has had on me is to cement and intensify my opposition to Evans. I hope many others have the same reaction.

Posted by: nan_lynn | July 19, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Fenty is a joke...and this is just another last minute ploy to try to manipulate voters He knows the curtain is coming down on this clown act!!.... well we are not that gullible Adrian.... i don't give a squat what he claims to have done... his record is horrible he is unaccountable and quite frankly a jerk! If i may say so... o... i just did... Not all that keen on Vince "The Grinch" Gray either ... but we shall see what election day brings.... All i know is... Fenty is not a Factor! and for all of those that are fooled into believing other wise.... ah well.. may the blinders fall of sooner rather than later is my hope for you....

Posted by: ReflectionofLyfe | July 19, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

onthecontrary posted Evans is a smart politician. I must disagree; with this misleading ad, I’m questioning Evans’ statesmanship, integrity and smarts.

For the Chair of the Finance and Revenue Committee to be featured in a political campaign ad that hypes the renovation of the School Without Walls as one of Mayor Fenty’s greatest accomplishments is disingenuous. It leads one to question Evans’ capability to serve as a trustworthy and impartial councilmember, and more importantly Chairperson of the Finance and Revenue Committee.

Here are the facts, not campaign propaganda, regarding the renovation of the School without Walls and Fenty’s cronies that exploited DC taxpayers (with Evans’ stamp of approval):
Keith Lomax’s company, RBK, received almost $11 million in contracts since Fenty took office and ripped-off taxpayers for his work at the School without Walls and Barnard Elementary.

And yes, you guessed it, Lomax is a friend of Fenty and the same guy that got caught driving the mayor’s gov’t owned Lincoln Navigator.

The Washington Post reported on May 26, 2009 that, “Starting in 2007, RBK became more involved in capital projects, particularly in school modernization. One contract, worth $4 million, is for "general miscellaneous repairs" at schools. Others are more specific, with renovations made at Barnard Elementary and School Without Walls. Since 2007, RBK has received about $10.9 million in city work, according to purchase orders and other documents.”

And on Mar. 22, 2010, the City Paper reported that, "officials acknowledge that the ambitious modernization effort led by school construction czar Allen Y. Lew has been more expensive than anticipated, costing about $1 billion. Extra work added to two major modernization projects---including more classrooms at Alice Deal Middle School (Ward 3) and acoustical upgrades to walls and ceilings at the 118-year-old School Without Walls High School (Ward 2)---sent costs $30 million over projections....The construction budget was also stretched by what a senior District official called "unplanned directives" from Fenty's office.”

Posted by: dcnatives | July 19, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

King Fenty will not be getting my vote Jack Evans. If Jack Evans had ran for D.C. Council Chair, I would not have voted for him. It's time for Jack Evans to be voted out of office because he's in bed with big business and he doesn't care about the little people. Stay in your Georgetown home on P Street, NW Jack.

Posted by: Ward4DC | July 20, 2010 12:43 AM | Report abuse

Jack was correct in 2006 because Fenty was a nothing councilmember. Now he's a major suck up to Fenty in an ad of all things. Evans will probably regret that he did that sooner than later.

Posted by: candycane1 | July 20, 2010 6:03 AM | Report abuse

Evans is a non-starter.

Posted by: UrbanDweller | July 20, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse

The School Without Walls funding partnership with George Washington University was in place during the Williams administration. I don't understand how Adrian Fenty can claim this as his success.

Posted by: DCResident22 | July 20, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

The Zoning Commission hearing to consider the Planned Unit Development proposal for the School Without Walls/George Washington University partnership to modernize SWW was held on October 30, 2006 -- BEFORE Adrian Fenty was elected DC Mayor on November 7, 2006. Here is a link to the Zoning Commission hearing:

By the time the Zoning Commission hearing was held, the details of the SWW/GWU partnership had already been hammered out and SWW's modernization had already been vetted by DCPS and the DCPS Board of Education. Adrian Fenty had nothing to do with this.

Posted by: DCResident22 | July 20, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

The Zoning Commission order approving the School Without Walls/George Washington University partnership to modernize SWW was entered on December 11, 2006. Adrian Fenty became DC Mayor on January 2, 2007. Here is a link to the Zoning Commission order:

Posted by: DCResident22 | July 20, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Let's not let facts get in the way of a Fenty campaign ad.

Posted by: DCResident22 | July 20, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

What a farce. Hold up!!!! I guess the Mayor forgets that Jack Evans was on the DC Council in the 90's. You know the decade he takes shots at Chairman Gray about.

Posted by: brightj15 | July 20, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse


Everything "underscores" the reason that you won't vote for Fenty.

Your significant other asking you to wash dishes is a reason not to vote for Fenty. You old highschool sports injuries "underscore" why you won't vote for Fenty.

Dog, we get it. You won't vote or Fenty. But, at least, switch it up a little.

Your hatred is getting stale.

Posted by: politicalrealist | July 20, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

I get it now. You guys are Lobbyists. Now the Fenty hate makes sense. You can't get that 10-20k per month out of your customers if Fenty won't take your meetings.

It isn't that Fenty's "friends" get business. It is that Fenty won't share the power. If Fenty won't play ball and "build consensus"...People that have been lobbying the city for decades loss their livelyhood. That is the cause of the panic. And, why they will stop at nothing (investigation, slander, manipulating election laws, intense negative campaining, would run him over with a bus if they could)to get him out.

"Screw results. I want my influence back."

Ok. Hate on without interuption from me. Your just sick of being broke and powerless. Screw city progress. Y'all want individual redress.

Posted by: politicalrealist | July 20, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

@ politicalrealist, who wrote: "Dog, we get it. You won't vote or Fenty. But, at least, switch it up a little. Your hatred is getting stale."

What guttural subset of humanity did you crawl out of? I hope you don't use this same language at your DC government job, oh, that's right, Fenty GAVE you that job so it is OK, DOG!!!

Posted by: lacairaine | July 22, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

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