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Washington Post Editors

D.C. Republicans may not be fielding a candidate for mayor this year, but it's becoming increasingly clear they are aligning with incumbent Adrian M. Fenty (D) over Vincent C. Gray in the Sept. 14 Democratic primary.

The D.C. Republican Committee filed a complaint today with the Office of Campaign Finance accusing Gray of violating election law by failing to include the "paid for by" disclaimer on recent advertisements in the Hill Rag newspaper.

"D.C. primary voters deserve to know if the Gray for Mayor campaign violated Office of Campaign Finance laws and we hope your office will immediately investigate this request," Robert Kabel, chairman of the D.C. GOP, wrote to Office of Campaign Finance.

According to copies of the advertisements supplied by the GOP, the ads that appear as if they come from the Gray campaign lack the required disclaimer.

Traci Hughes, a Gray spokeswoman, was not immediately available for comment.

"This is an obvious example of the council chairman not following D.C. code and frankly primary voters and D.C. voters need to know what is going on," said Paul Craney, executive director of the D.C. Republican Committee.

But the fact that local GOP leaders - and not the Fenty campaign - are lodging the complaint underscore a hidden dynamic in this year's election.

It's not unusual for local GOP or Democratic committees to needle candidates in contested primaries from opposing parties. The D.C. Republican Committee, however, has been singularly focused on Gray for months.

Last year, the committee filed a complaint with the Office of Campaign Finance after it was discovered Gray had used his official council stationary to solicit a donation from the D.C. Democratic State Committee. The board cleared Gray of any wrongdoing this spring, but the local GOP is appealing that decision.

While he stopped short of a formal endorsement, executive director of the D.C. Republican Committee, told the Washington Post before Gray got into the race in March that the party would not be fielding a candidate this year because most city Republicans support Fenty.

Craney reitterated Tuesday that many of the city's 19,000 registered Republicans would rather have Fenty than Gray as mayor because they support Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee.

"If you ask most D.C. Republican voters, they prefer Mayor Fenty over Vince Gray," Craney said. "They support Michelle Rhee and that is the consensus of most D.C. Republicans."

Unfortunately for Fenty, however, registered Republicans and independents cannot vote in the Democratic primary. Even with the city's new same-day registration law, voters are not allowed to change their registration within 30 days of an election.

--Tim Craig

By Tim Craig  |  August 10, 2010; 1:21 PM ET
Categories:  2010 District Election  
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Think it had something to do with him refusing Republicans a seat on the Board of Elections?

Posted by: politicalrealist | August 10, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

I wonder how people feel about Michelle Rhee now that the latest school testing reports are out?

Posted by: LukasWP | August 10, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Okay, if the Republicans are supporting Fenty...I'm definitely voting for Gray!

Posted by: DCWatcher3 | August 10, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Well I guess that the Repubs support thugs. Because Thugnificant gov't name Ron Moton doesn't have any "paid for by" disclaimers on his websites nor his "so called" newsletters nor those go-go tunes.

Posted by: thelildiva4u | August 10, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse


I feel like she is needed more than ever. Obviously the problems are not solved. Backtraking, second guessing,and waffling about what direction to take certainly wouldn't be helpful.

But, hey, if we talk about talking about solving the problem...maybe the visionary leaders Sharon Kelly, Rock Neuman, Marion Barry, and Vincent Gray will be able to figure it out. After they have all talked about it until they turn 70 and retire (next year). Really, what do they care..their kids are out of school.

Posted by: politicalrealist | August 10, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Amen DCwatcher3.

Politicalrealist--take two and rest you are truly sounding desperate.

Do you feel a little left out these days? There is no reality in your thinking.

Posted by: bnew100 | August 10, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Poor, poor politicalrealist.

Leaning on age discriminatory assaults in an attempt to prove a point. That won't gain Fenty one single vote among the senior citizens of this city. White, black, rich, poor or any nationality. And they vote, without reward. We all get older.

A marked sign of weakness and desperation.

In the 90's when Gray was working for then-Mayor Pratt-Kelly, Fenty was standing before the D.C. Bar Association explaining why he stole money from that old man's estate he was assigned to as trustee, only to return it when he was caught by the family and reported to the bar. He was sanctioned as incompetent for the deed by the legal professional organization.

I agree with the Bar.

Since being Mayor he has continued his disregard to professional ethics and assaulted the spirit of law on numerous occasions.

In government the means is just as important as the ends in getting things done. Fenty is learning this the hard way.

He should have taken a page out of the Anthony Williams book of governance.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | August 10, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Well, at least the truth has finally come out Mr. Fenty is a Republican in Democrats clothing. He has always appeared to me to be a "Bushie" and now the Republican's themselves are letter the residents of the District KNOW that Mayor Adrian M. Fenty is a REPUBLICAN, he is THEIR GUY, he was NEVER a Democrat, he was just dressed up in our politics to get elected, and once in he showed his true colors and NOW we should show ours.

We are a strong Democratic city and we need to come out in MASSIVE NUMBERS to defeat the Fenty/Nickles (Bush.Cheney) ticket. If this does not show you exactly who "this" Mayor supports (Republican's) than I don't know what else you would need.

Posted by: lacairaine | August 11, 2010 2:28 AM | Report abuse

Politicalrealist, please disappear and stop kissing King Fenty's behind. You are ridiculous by making foolish comments. How much city money are you getting in contracts or D.C. low numbered tags? Please go take a time out and sit in a corner, until after Sepember 14th, 2010.

Posted by: Ward4DC | August 11, 2010 2:34 AM | Report abuse

"Craney reitterated Tuesday that many of the city's 19,000 registered Republicans would rather have Fenty than Gray as mayor because they support Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee."

Actually many republicans support Fenty because serves their own selfish financial, big money interests without any regard for anyone he may step on in the process.

Posted by: starclimber9 | August 11, 2010 5:01 AM | Report abuse

dc republicans can go straight to hell and take fenty and crew right along with them!

they are a non-factor. fenty will not win. period.

Posted by: nivla | August 11, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Is this any surprise? Fenty is a Republican in every sense except his party label. He is funded by right-wing and corporate money who like Rhee's privatization of DCPS and Laniers return to corral and control, cuff-em and stuff-em traditional policing. He has never had any concern for anyone but himself, and has no use for ethics or the law, as demonstrated by his (and Rhee's) latest directive to the DC school nurses NOT TO require immunizations for DCPS students, in direct violation of the law and without concern for the health of the students or the community.

Posted by: mcstowy | August 11, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

I am enjoying this one!!! I am loving this. After fighting the Republicans and cultural issues....Fenty, who embrace Ron Moten, involved in scandal and have not actually produced the results he claims is the candidate of choice.

I will never ever, ever let them forget they endorsed Mayor Fenty. And should he get arrested I will run their quote.

This was their time to actually strike and make some inroads. They did not and supports the candidate by all reasonable measure is likely to lose and likely to be linked to corruption by the end of this year.

Posted by: CultureClub | August 11, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

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