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Fenty says he is 'disappointed' by showing in home turf

Ann Marimow

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty appeared in good spirits the morning after his defeat in the Ward 4 Democrats straw poll as he cut the ribbon on a new Joe Cole Community Center in the Trinidad neighborhood. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray beat Fenty in the poll, 581 to 401.

With his sleeves rolled up in the hot sun, Fenty mixed it up with young summer campers and joked with council member Harry Thomas Jr. (D-Ward 5), his sometimes sparring partner who represents the neighborhood.

When asked about the previous night's loss, and whether it was an embarrassment to lose in his back yard, Fenty said, "It was disappointing, not embarrassing. ... We would have wanted to win, but you can't win every straw poll."

When asked to analyze the outcome, Fenty would only say: "Citizens vote. You never second guess."

And was he surprised? "I don't usually go in with any expectations."

Fenty said it was too early to say whether the campaign would regroup or retool its strategy. "With only 40 days left, most of the work we've done has already happened," Fenty said.

Even as he opened the $5 million facility in a neighborhood that has been plagued with crime in recent years, Fenty was asked how he could overcome the persistent perception that he has favored the District's wealthier, white communities.

"I don't know how you can do something for a neighborhood more than doing something," Fenty said, standing in the sun-filled atrium of the new building. "It may be that it just can't be done. We'll find out on Election Day."

After the event, Thomas, who has endorsed Gray, said it would be a mistake to play down the results of the straw poll from a ward that Fenty represented on the council -- and won with 69 percent of the vote in his first mayoral victory.

"If Gray is that successful in Ward 4, that's a huge indication, and I think people need to pay attention," Thomas said.

By Ann Marimow  |  August 5, 2010; 1:57 PM ET
Categories:  2010 District Election , Ann E. Marimow , Mayor Fenty , Vincent C. Gray  
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"Most of the work we've done has already happened." That's sounds rather Bush-esque.

Posted by: CrestwoodKat | August 5, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Really. What the heck did he mean by that???
I've always said his manner, reminds me of G. Bush.

Posted by: marys1454 | August 5, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Great attitude! Keep you head up Mayor. And, keep pushing. You have done an excellent job as mayor. And, all you can do is your best.

Only vote that counts is Sept 14th.

Posted by: politicalrealist | August 5, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

If he has any sense about him, he'll save some of that campaign money and hire himself a good security detail. He's going to need it after this election.

Posted by: starclimber9 | August 5, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

I would have liked to been the fly on the wall of the Fenty campaign to learn what he really said when he found it he lost.

I have been told he is in a yes man bubble and the campaign has been a real eye opener.

Some polls have the race as being close other have it as a Gray blow out. You cannot deny the important of a 1000 people in your ward coming out in record numbers to tell you no.

I would have also like to be the fly on the wall in Jack Evans house to realize I sold the last shred of dignity I had to a man who wont be eligible to be garbage collector after Sept 14.

Posted by: CultureClub | August 5, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

With 40 days left, he better redouble or retriple his efforts, if he wants to win.

C'mon Fenty, I support you, but you have to campaign like there's no tomorrow. A lot of Gray supports are seriously pissed at you.

Posted by: nwdc5 | August 5, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Fenty should continue doing exactly what he has been doing...showing Washingtonian his "TRUE" face. The face of a backdoor thug; his asociation with the likes of Ronald Moten says it all to me, in spades. Mr. Moten does not conduct himself as a professional man or merely a man. He represents all that is wrong with Washington DC and this thuggist, gangland style politicking. Why would you allow this "criminal" to infest a political process that was supposed to allow Ward 4 residents to hear from both candidates and draw a well formed and informed decision. Instead you had this thug and his thug following jumping around, being disrespectful to senior citizens and the residents at large and this is how you think you get votes; what exactly are you trying to elected to the Mafia or Mayor of DC.

Posted by: lacairaine | August 5, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

@lacairaine, I agree with you.

Posted by: fivetogo | August 5, 2010 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Here are my reasons for voting for Anyone BUT Fenty:

After 10 years of increasing school test scores, scores declined last year
Fixing schools requires more than just a Diva firing “ineffective” teachers
Crime is up over the last 3 years
DC now has the highest city-wide unemployment in it’s history
Fenty has awarded his fraternity brothers $82 MILLION in illegal contracts that they were unqualified for
Fenty arrived into office with a huge budget surplus that he has turned into a large deficit
He has depleted our Rainy Day Funds so he could open $400k dog parks and heat his favorite swimming pool
He leaves the country without telling anyone or leaving any one as custodian of the DC government
His personality: Arrogant, selfish, stubborn, has a lack of compassion
He is unwilling to hear any different opinion and anyone that doesn’t agree with him
Fenty doesn’t consult with the community on ANYTHING.
Fenty has not held ONE news conference since becoming Mayor. Not one.
Fenty misses community meetings and simply says he “couldn’t make it happen”
When asked about a triple homicide, Fenty says “it could have been worse”
Fenty refuses to hand over any government records- has worst record of responding to Freedom of Information Act requests
Fenty is unable to play well with others- refuses to give City Council tickets to Nationals game
Fenty led a sketchy donation of firetrucks to the Dominican Republic. Don’t we need them?
Fenty has a poor record on juvenile justice and public safety- Kids that were in custody murdered DC Principal Brian Betts.

Posted by: DCResident3 | August 5, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

I'll keep it plain. When there is a crack in the wall of 581 bricks, It would suggest that Humpty Dumpty is about to have a great fall. Thank you again my fellow ward 4 citizens. You rock!:)

Posted by: candycane1 | August 5, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Starclimber9 says:

"If he has any sense about him, he'll save some of that campaign money and hire himself a good security detail. He's going to need it after this election."

You, my friend, are out of hand. And, this note is quite disgusting.

Posted by: politicalrealist | August 6, 2010 1:04 AM | Report abuse

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