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Fenty debuts negative ads targeting Gray's DHS record

Washington Post Editors

Mayor Adrian Fenty's re-election campaign is debuting a pair of television ads taking direct aim at challenger Vincent Gray, the Post's Mike DeBonis reports.

Both ads begin with a Gray quote taken from a July 15 WPFW-FM radio debate: "I put my record up against his on any day."

What comes next should surprise no one familiar with Fenty's campaign-trail rhetoric -- a trip back to the 1990s.

Read the full post here.

Update 6:11 p.m.: An hour after the Fenty campaign unveiled its round of ads, the Gray campaign released a 60-second radio spot accusing the mayor of engaging of negative campaigning instead of working to solve unemployment.

By Washington Post Editors  |  August 11, 2010; 5:13 PM ET
Categories:  2010 District Election , Mayor Fenty , Vincent C. Gray  
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You are the classy elder statesman, Chairman Gray and, as such, I encourage you to stay the positive course. No need to sink to the lows of the "little one." His mud-slinging efforts are nothing more than high-tech tantruming/acts of desperation. When he attempts to slander your record from two decades ago ask him why he was censured by the DC Bar for stealing from a senior whose estate he was supposed to be overseeing.

Posted by: schooletal | August 11, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Yes Gray, stay positive, remember what going negative did to the Cropp campaign. The citizens of the District do not respond very well to all of the negativity. Which is why we have boy wonder in office today.

When Fenty's campaign voice is Ron Moten, why go negative? He is doing all of the dirty work himself.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | August 11, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

But I CAN go negative:

While Gray was running a crippled agency in DC government in the 90's, Fenty was standing before the disciplinary board of the D.C. Bar association explaining why he stole money from the estate of an old man that he was assigned to represent. A deed to which the board found him guilty of 'incompetence'.

I agree with the board.

Even with the sanction, Fenty is still all to comfortable skirting both ethics AND the law.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | August 11, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

As Emperor Adrian seems to like the 90s so much for his sound bites, here's an oldie-but-goodie (with only minimal tweaking) for him:

It's the corruption, stupid.

End the reign of Emperor Adrian and the Green Mobsters. Vote Gray.

Posted by: nan_lynn | August 11, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Mayor Fenty, you are such a loser! Go negative, it won't make a difference, you'll be looking for a new job come September 14. I can't wait for that day!

Posted by: DCWatcher3 | August 12, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

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