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Bloomberg to endorse Fenty Tuesday

Nikita R Stewart

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is scheduled Tuesday to endorse Mayor Adrian M. Fenty in his reelection bid at a news conference at Carmine's, one of the newest restaurants to hit the District.

Bloomberg, a Democrat turned Republican turned independent, has been a major influence on Fenty and his administration. From education reform to the bullpen, Fenty has borrowed many ideas from Bloomberg.

When Fenty (D) ran for election in 2006, he visited Bloomberg and other big-city mayors. After he was elected, he tapped Bloomberg and his administration to develop his plan for a mayoral takeover of the city's public school system.

New York City Schools Chancellor Joel I. Klein, Bloomberg's unorthodox choice to lead the school system there, recommended Michelle A. Rhee to Fenty.

Carmine's seemed to be the perfect site for the endorsement. The New York City restaurant is spreading its brand with the District being its latest venture.

Update 4:00 p.m. -- Fenty's chief rival in the mayoral race, Vincent C. Gray, has issued a response to Bloomberg's pending endorsement of the mayor. "We are happy to concede the Manhattan vote to him," said Mo Elleithee, Gray's senior strategist. "We're going to keep focusing on the residents across all of DC's 8 wards."

By Nikita R Stewart  |  August 16, 2010; 2:14 PM ET
Categories:  2010 District Election , Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart  | Tags: Adrian M. Fenty, Michael Bloomberg, election, primary  
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Please tell what dog does Boolmberg have in this fight? He can't vote in D.C. so who cares if he endorses Fenty? Does Bloomberg like sinking ships?

Posted by: workingidentity | August 16, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

yet another reason not to support Fenty.

Posted by: simplewords999 | August 16, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

And do we care if taxi drivers support Gray? they don't live in DC either,
and many of the other union members that support Gray that do not have a DC residency.

Stop with your sour grapes.. All i have seen is Gray people being miserable when someone endorses Fenty...
Or maybe they are just generally nasty people?

Posted by: pdv1 | August 16, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Carmines is the perfect place for the endorsement considering Adrian's mom is Italian.

Then the question is do we care what Bloomberg thinks? I believe that Mike Bloomberg's mentorship of Adrian Fenty has been one of Fenty's biggest problems.

Mike Bloomberg is an incredibly successful businessman. He built a billion dollar empire before he became Mayor. Some say he has actually done a good job as Mayor of NY. He is secretive about what he does with his weekends but then he can be. He flys off in his private jet to one of his numerous homes and when he takes City security along he pays for their hotel and meals. He is said to be arrogant and showed it when he overrode term limits so he could run for a third term. Michael Bloomberg once said about involving parents in education,(and I apologize for maybe not getting this quote totally correct but the gist is there) "why would I ask a parent about their kids education they aren't the experts and don't know much about education, I wouldn't ask them about their kids medical treatment either". Bloomberg did spend nearly $100 million on his campaign and still nearly lost.

Well Adrian Fenty sees himself as a young Michael Bloomberg and there are some similarities. He is also arrogant, he doesn't believe in asking parents about their kids education, he is secretive about where he goes weekends. But then when Fenty is secretive he is charging the City for any security he takes along, borrows friends and supporters homes where he goes, and once even took money from the government of a city that that had just kept an Israeli tennis player out of a tournament and then even went to the tournament. Fenty copied Michael Bloomberg's bullpen style of government when he transformed part of the 3rd floor of the Wilson building but didn't realize you need to be nice to staff, buy them an occasional lunch or as Bloomberg does give them big bonuses when they work their hearts out on your campaign so Fenty doesn't even have the allegiance of his staff that Bloomberg has of his.

But the biggest difference may be that Michael Bloomberg was a huge business success before he became Mayor whereas Fenty was not. He wasn't even a successful attorney. In actuality he had really accomplished nothing prior to his election. He was elected on his vigor, his looks, excitement he generated and promise of a transparent government and new government. I was among those that bought into that promise. Well we now know that we didn't get a transparent government, that cronyism is alive and well with just a new set of cronies, and we are spending down the cities reserve fund at an alarming rate.

Fenty hasn't got Bloomberg's money to privately contribute to non-profits and churches to buy their support. So unless Bloomberg comes with an even bigger suitcase of cash I am not sure his endorsement will do much for Fenty.

But I do hope they enjoy a nice meal at Carmines.

Posted by: peterdc | August 16, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Here is some of the problem with the Fenty Administration, DC is not New York. Fenty went there repeatedly and has copied much from Bloomberg.

What is also important to recognize is that Bloomberg go the law changed to run a third term and only narrowly beat an African American opponent even with his $billions.

That Bloomberg endorses Fenty, through family ties, means about as much as Mickey Mouse's endorsement who isn't from DC either.

This tactic may very well backfire!

Posted by: dcchamp1 | August 16, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

I would not vote for Mr Bloomberg and definitely not for anyone he would recommend. Mr B is a politician and will do anything for a vote. An evil politician at that

Posted by: victord | August 16, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Well, 7th Street has already become almost impossible to enjoy -- adding this
New York "attraction" may bring it closer to being fully so, but yes, I hope they have a nice meal together:
whatever Bloomberg's endorsement will mean for Fenty it is a sorta coup for Doug Jamal...

Posted by: esthermiriam | August 16, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Isn't having Bloomberg on your side a negative endorsement?

Posted by: educationlover54 | August 16, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

So mayor Bloomberg of New York endoses Fenty. So what! Bloomberg does not live in the District and as far as I know he has never lived in the District. Is the fact that he is the mayor of New York something that would make the residents of the District swoon over his endosement? I think not.

Posted by: Jimof1913 | August 16, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

ANDDDD????? As a native Washingtonian and DC resident - I'm insulted. First the DC Housewives who aren't even from DC and don't represent us by a long shot, and now this. We are insulted.

Posted by: love2much SE | August 16, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Is this supposed to carry some weight for those of us who actually live and vote in the District? I think not.

Considering the recent debacle of the NYC Public School system and the revelation that they dumbed down the tests so it was guaranteed students would improve when in actuality after the state intervened it showed the student scores actually DIDN'T improve, I hardly think this is a positive endorsement for Fenty or Rhee.

I think it's much too late for Fenty and he should be polishing his resume and start looking for a job . . . Rhee too.

Finally, who in DC cares who Bloomberg endorses? Sounds like his ego is as inflated as Fenty's.

Posted by: UrbanDweller | August 16, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

i'd like to see the original story from the link "Fenty blocks bill making it a crime to buy votes." This is a typical bait and switch tactic from the WashPost.

Posted by: mpfierro | August 16, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

This will help because it puts Fenty in the news in a positive light. The real question is, will our most famous resident (the one who lives at 1600 Penn) come out and endorse Fenty?

Posted by: AndyR3 | August 16, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Ok...I may be wayyy off base here, but maybe folks know that Fenty's toast...sooo all the big wigs like Bloomie and the FB guy are trying to give him some cred in the business world for the next gig.

Posted by: thelildiva4u | August 16, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Mayor Bloomberg is catching hell back in NYC and the state for his support of the building of a mosque on the site near the 911 tragedy. So, I guess if you can't stand the heat in the kitchen you hop on a train to dc to endorse somebody else instead of representing the voters in NYC.

Posted by: dcgovcorruption | August 16, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

An endorsement from Bloomberg is one more reason not to vote for Fenty. Birds of a feather...

Along with Fenty's veto of the legislation making it illegal to buy votes, the Mayor of DC is on a roll.

Really, who is zooming who?!

@ thelildiva4u I bet you are right on track.

Posted by: 2belinda | August 16, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Bloomberg has bought the NYC mayoral election at several thousand dollars per vote.

Darth Fenty is simply trying to follow his Emperor's lead.

Posted by: ashafer_usa | August 16, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Workingidenity, your question is appropriate. What dog does Bloomberg have in this fight? Bloomberg cannot vote nor Govern in DC. Another nail in Fenty's political career. YEAH!!!! No one from New York is going to tell us who should be our Mayor.

Posted by: diahhna | August 16, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Who care what bloomberg think i live in ward 4 and i will not be voting for fenty i will be vote for gray all the way. i do not like fenty at all.people don't care who bloomberg want to mayor in Washington DC

Posted by: ruckoneword | August 16, 2010 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Fenty seems to call on an older man whenever he gets in a crisis, doesn't he?
Except, of course, the ones who actually live in DC and know a thing or two.

Posted by: 1citizen | August 16, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

"We are happy to concede the Manhattan vote to him," said Mo Elleithee, Gray's senior strategist. "We're going to keep focusing on the residents across all of DC's 8 wards."


That answer was PRICELESS!
Enough said!!!

Posted by: tformation1 | August 16, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

This Manhattan girl is voting for Chairman Gray.

So .. Bloomberg's endorsement for cellmate on cellblock 3.

This makes as much sense for either party as pail with a hole in it. But if this waste Fenty's let it be.

Posted by: CultureClub | August 17, 2010 12:37 AM | Report abuse

This Manhattan girl is voting for Chairman Gray.

So .. Bloomberg's endorsement for cellmate on cellblock 3.

This makes as much sense for either party as pail with a hole in it. But if this waste Fenty's let it be.

Posted by: CultureClub | August 17, 2010 12:39 AM | Report abuse

This Manhattan girl is voting for Chairman Gray.

So .. Bloomberg's endorsement for cellmate on cellblock 3.

This makes as much sense for either party as pail with a hole in it. But if this waste Fenty's let it be.

Posted by: CultureClub | August 17, 2010 12:40 AM | Report abuse

Fenty is the only one that has been influenced by Bloomberg. It's not impressive and a Bloomberg endorsement is bogus. Bloomberg and Klein brought us Miser-Rhee.

Posted by: candycane1 | August 17, 2010 6:56 AM | Report abuse

About the NYC Mayor's endorsement: I hope he will hire Adrian into his administration after he loses next month.
By the way, fellow readers, have you noticed that another DC resident and non-voter, a certain Barack Obama, has not endorsed anyone. So much for the Prince of Pennsylvania Avenue claiming to be close to the POTUS.

Posted by: johnklenert | August 17, 2010 8:01 AM | Report abuse

The 'dog' is this fight is Michelle Rhee. It's easy to follow that stinks to high heaven.

Posted by: natureman44 | August 17, 2010 8:55 AM | Report abuse

natureman44 is correct! When you connect the dots it was Joel I. Klein who is the Chancellor in New York...who mentored Ms. Rhee mentor.

Posted by: thelildiva4u | August 17, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Combine this with the page 1 story on party-switching to vote in the primary, along with all of Fenty's outside campaign money and you see the pattern: Fenty is a Republican and that's where his "support" lies.

Posted by: mcstowy | August 17, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Look at Fenty in this picture. Then read the article.

Posted by: nate20011 | August 17, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

This is SAD. Fenty has to depend on someone from NYC to support him. SAD, SAD, SAD

Posted by: sixluv | August 17, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Wow Fenty is really leading a NEW FENTY Crew, what does NY has to do with DC...Fenty you should have thought about of mid level income folks four year ago!!!

Posted by: shadon1 | August 17, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Let's see...most of Fenty's campaign staff are from outside the District, most, if not all of Fenty's cabinet and key appointees are from outside the District, and now Fenty is boasting an outside of the District endorsement. Let's give him his wish and put him outside of the District.

Posted by: Robmic812 | August 17, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

I am a D.C. resident, voter, and taxpayer. I couldn't careless about the mayor of NYC endorsing King Fenty. When can NYC residents vote in a D.C. local election? My point, Bloomberg can't vote in D.C., therefore his endorsement doesn't mean sh&t.

Posted by: Ward4DC | August 17, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

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