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Gray wins straw poll on Fenty turf

Denny McAuliffe

Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray beat Mayor Adrian M. Fenty in a Ward 4 Democrats straw poll, 581 to 401 -- an embarrassing loss for the mayor in his home base.

Fenty, once beloved by residents in the ward where he was council member for six years, has seen a dramatic turnaround in his popularity. Despite dispatching dozens of workers and volunteers to get out the vote for the poll, Gray breezed by him.

Gray supporters were jubilant, hugging after the final count early Thursday.

"I think the people who know Fenty best have spoken," said Adam Rubinson, Gray's campaign manager.

-- Nikita Stewart

By Nikita Stewart  |  August 5, 2010; 1:05 AM ET
Categories:  2010 District Election  
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Mr. Gray won because his message resonates with the working-middle class of Ward 4 who cover both the black and white portions of the District of Columbia.

Further, Mr. Gray's message to Ward 4 residents in the Forum was that of economic prosperity through viable workforce development, economic growth designed to strengthen our infrastructure and improved city services for all residents.

Further, the imported Fenty clan from Maryland and Virginia was also a turn-off to the Ward 4 residents. Also, the presence of Mr. Sinclair Skinner driving around in his brand new Porsche and Mr. Ronald Moten walking through the crowd with a bullhorn yelling his inflammatory statements in the ears of Ward 4 residents was untenable and reeked of disrespect.

Also, many residents were turned off when they saw members of Mr. Fenty's entourage being extremely disrespectful to the seniors who stood in line to cast their vote, at one point some of the Fenty folk called the senior "old" and tried to push them out of way to get past them in line, this was witnessed by several Fenty supporters in line who I actually saw take their Fenty stickers off and were very apologetic to the seniors for Mr. Fenty's volunteers behavior.

All The Way With Vince Gray in 2010!!! Keep up the momentum!!!!!

Posted by: lacairaine | August 5, 2010 1:59 AM | Report abuse

Thank you my fellow ward 4 citizens. Mission accomplished!

Not only were the Fenty thugs rude, they actually came in where the voting was taking place and had to be thrown out. His campaigning matches his governance, ruthless and stupid.

Posted by: candycane1 | August 5, 2010 2:54 AM | Report abuse

CandyCane1, the real Ward 4 voters were there last night representing. LOL


I attended last night's Ward 4 straw poll at Saint Georges Church located at 16th & Webster Streets, NW. I have never seen anything like this before in my life. There was a large crowd and traffic was a nightmare. Senior Citizens were there on walkers and canes. I believe, several thousands Ward 4 residents came out to vote tonight. I was afraid there would be riots. The Fourth District was called in to maintain law and order and to direct traffic. Hearing the news of D.C. Chairman Vincent Gray win the Ward 4 straw poll is good news to hear and I have jumped for joy. Many Ward 4 registered voters hate or dislike King Fenty. Fenty had his staff and cabinet members there campaigning for him. I thought this was forbidden on the "Hatch" act? Fenty has got to go! Gabe Klein, Ron Austin, Valerie Santos, and others on King Fenty's court will be unemployed soon. Good riddance.

Ward 4 Muriel Bowser was their campaigning for King Fenty. Once Fenty's is voted out of his kingdom, Ward 4 Councilwoman Bowser is next. Bowser has been a puppet for King Fenty during her entire tenure on the Council of the District of Columbia.

Posted by: Ward4DC | August 5, 2010 3:15 AM | Report abuse

Hello Washington Post, why was my comment removed for speaking the truth? You may have endorse King Fenty, but we the voters here in Ward 4 where Fenty resides had the last word.

Native Washingtonian
Registered D.C. Voter Since 1975
Ward 4 Washington, D.C. Resident

Posted by: Ward4DC | August 5, 2010 3:23 AM | Report abuse

How about a real poll? You know - done scientifically by a professional pollster with a sufficient number of random likely voters - a cross section of voters by race, age, income level, section of the City etc. Believe it or not things such as polls are actually done in other jurisdictions during campaign cycles in races for offices like mayor. A straw poll is about as prehistoric as a rotary phone. You cannot reliably predict anything from this campaign event. The only thing it accomplished was tying up traffic yesterday along 16th street.

Posted by: MikeMIke3 | August 5, 2010 4:10 AM | Report abuse

This is a GREAT result. I have to say though, I was really surprised at some of the tactics of Team Fenty. I personally observed young Fenty supporters refusing to give up their seats to the elderly - some who were on walkers or had canes.

Additionally, an interesting observation - there was a side of the room packed with Hispanic and African American Fenty supporters, all wearing Fenty t-shirts and waving signs. About an hour into the debate, someone from the Team Fenty came over to tell them that their bus driver was leaving but in the same breath trying to convince them that if they stayed the Fenty camp would provide them with rides. Almost all of them (and they took up fully one side of the entire ballroom) got up to leave so that their bus driver could take them back to BALTIMORE. That's right folks! Seeing a whole entire side of the room in the process of completely emptying out, the Fenty staffer then tried to retract her statement that the bus driver was leaving so that the Fenty "supporters" would stay and it would look as though Fenty had lots of fanfare on that side of the room but the bused-in-BALTIMOREANS weren't having it and pushed their way out of the room, much to the disappointment of the Fenty staffer who looked completely dismayed! The DC RESIDENTS were really happy to have more available seats at their OWN forum and were happy to see the Maryland residents leave.

OK, I am not sure if Fenty or his camp knows this but I am going to share a little insider knowledge with you - ONLY DC residents can vote in DC elections. People from other states can only wear campaign t-shirts and hats and wave signs but they CANNOT vote. I will also throw this bit of information in for free just this once - depriving those with a vote in this election (especially the elderly!) from having a place to sit at a mayoral debate so that those who do not have a vote can have a place to sit is NOT good campaigning. I am not going to charge the Fenty campaign for this tidbit of information but feel free to incorporate this info. accordingly at the next forum.

Posted by: LoveTheCapitol | August 5, 2010 4:47 AM | Report abuse

Nikita Stewart's reporting does not do justice or journalistic service to a story even more powerful than the 59% to 41% drubbing that Mayor Fenty took in his home Ward.

While Post reporters have tried to emphasize "the Wall" between the editorial board and the news department, it is a claim that is quite simply no longer credible. As even more newsworthy than the straw poll results, was the intimidating and wanton behavior of Fenty's troops, many of them paid for their service.

Reading Ms. Stewarts description of the event... "Despite dispatching dozens of workers and volunteers to get out the vote for the poll, Gray breezed by him." It is not possible to take away from her report the level of open hostility, disrespect and physical intimidation (including assault) that Fenty campaign workers unleashed on the residents of Ward 4 who showed up to participate in a democratic event.

As the lines to vote were long, extending far beyond the hall entrance, many voters waited their turn to cast their ballots. A 22 year old woman resident, who came with her father to vote (displaying her Gray support) was grabbed by the arm at the door by a large man in a suit. As she shouted, her father came to her aid and demanded that the man identify himself; and he then disappeared into the crowded hall. This was not an isolated event, as also reported by others in their comments.

The unfortunate truth is, the behavior of Fenty's people has become a familiar story that closely resembles the accounts of how mayor Fenty has governed. The atmosphere in city government is such that city councilmembers have to meet department heads in coffee shops instead of the District Building because of fear of being accused of disloyalty. While the Post has continued to describe the mayor as demanding accountability, it is clear that this phrase means very different things depending on the context. And it is the context that is so often missing in the reporting of the Washington Post.

Posted by: AGAAIA | August 5, 2010 5:19 AM | Report abuse

Who won the Ward 4 straw poll for Council Chair person and what was the count?

Posted by: jmgaymon | August 5, 2010 6:44 AM | Report abuse

Who won the Ward 4 straw poll for Council Chair person and what was the count?

Posted by: jmgaymon | August 5, 2010 6:49 AM | Report abuse

As a Ward 6 resident and one who voted last week in our straw poll at Eastern Market, I say "Thank you!" to my Ward 4 fellow residents and voters! This is indeed good news!

However, let me caution everyone: YOU MUST VOTE ON SEPTEMBER 14! I'm afraid a lot of Gray's supporters will think he's got this wrapped up and stay home on September 14. Please don't think this!! Fenty folks will be out in droves that day because they know that's the day that counts! All of us who support Gray must get out and vote on September 14!

Posted by: UrbanDweller | August 5, 2010 8:39 AM | Report abuse

MikeMike3, I agree.

How many people from PG county and ward 8 did Gray bus in this time?

Posted by: CgrssHtsHomeowner | August 5, 2010 8:42 AM | Report abuse

These straw polls are a joke. How do we even know if the "people" that voted were even from ward 4?

Here's a clue. Traffic was so bad because most people DROVE there from ward 7 and 8 to vote.

Posted by: trinidad3 | August 5, 2010 8:50 AM | Report abuse

The entitlement class are upset.

See, Fenty's come in, built on Tony Williams' success, the city is growing again, property values are being maintained despite a worst recession since the great depression.

All measurable statistics point to Fenty doing a great job. Yet the entitlement class hasn't gotten "theirs". So they all drive up from ward 8 to vote in this straw poll.

I'm a lifelong DC resident, I remember when the entitlement class took over the whole city. What happened? The city went broke. Do we really want those people back in control of the city, the very same people that continue to vote for Marion Barry?

Some of the newly arrived DC residents may be duped, but take it from an old timer, we don't want to go down this road again. Vote for continued progress in this city, vote for Fenty!

Posted by: choclatecity | August 5, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

I strongly encourage all of Fenty's supporters posting here to continue to express disdain for the residents of Wards 7 and 8. You clearly represent why Fenty is losing this election. People of tired of these divisive tactics.

Branding sections of the city as "entitlement class" or anyone from Ward 7 and 8 are somehow less than acceptable shows just how mean spirited and disrespectful Fenty and his fans are.

Cast your vote for Fenty and it may be another vote wasted.

People who have any knowledge of politics know that only Ward 4 voters could vote last night. Anyone can attend as evidenced by Fenty's busload from Baltimore but only ward residents can vote.

Posted by: guylady20102 | August 5, 2010 9:15 AM | Report abuse

1. THANK YOU Ward 4 voters.

2. Mikemike – chances are a “real poll” has been done but is not being publicized because it doesn’t look too good for Fenty.

3. trinidad and Chocolatecity – only ward 4 voters could vote last night. They checked IDs and voter registrations, just like on election day.

4. lovethecapitol – let’s hope the reporter will have the story of the Baltimorons-for-Fenty departure in the big article that will be in the print section tomorrow. Meanwhile, you and others who saw it should contact the reporter personally. Actually, I find it hard to believe that the Fenty crew thought they could bus people in from Baltimore without getting found out.

On a personal note – perhaps this explains the people I saw wearing two tee shirts, with the Fenty shirt on top, on one of the hottest nights of the summer. I suppose they distributed the shirts on the bus. I’m not a ward 4 voter, but went to hear the candidates speak. No way I could get in. The place was packed. I’m anxious to hear about the actual forum – assuming Fenty showed up for this one! Did anyone here see it?

Posted by: efavorite | August 5, 2010 9:16 AM | Report abuse

MikeMIke3

If you saw the real polling you would be silenced. But likely then you would say polls are votes...these are votes with a 1000 people is a larger sample than a poll.

Posted by: CultureClub | August 5, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

I just spent some time reviewing both the Fenty and Gray websites and I am still that they are both lacking in plans for moving forward. Fenty has a strong record to run on (disappointing that his volunteers have not been properly trained and are not setting a high standard) and I just continue to feel that Gray is running just to run against Fenty---

Finally, I will say, I am a single issue voter: improving our D.C. schools. Until Mr. Gray lays out his concrete plan for ensuring that our schools continue to improve and he will uphold the Teacher's contract, I am leaning very much towards Mr. Fenty.

Posted by: Mary81 | August 5, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Guylady 20102 wrote:
I strongly encourage all of Fenty's supporters posting here to continue to express disdain for the residents of Wards 7 and 8. You clearly represent why Fenty is losing this election. People of tired of these divisive tactics.

Branding sections of the city as "entitlement class" or anyone from Ward 7 and 8 are somehow less than acceptable shows just how mean spirited and disrespectful Fenty and his fans are.

Cast your vote for Fenty and it may be another vote wasted.

People who have any knowledge of politics know that only Ward 4 voters could vote last night. Anyone can attend as evidenced by Fenty's busload from Baltimore but only ward residents can vote.

-------

I totally agree with you. I am from ward 7 and I have lived there my entire life. The idea is that southeast is a ghetto wasteland but that is not the truth. My mom is a doctor, as well as 4 of the other people living on my block. There are also a few lawyers. We live in a nice neighborhood with houses and lawns and nice gardens; every1 in my neighborhood is a working professional. There are ghetto areas close by but that is by no means all of ward 7 and 8. The fact that people from other places in the city that have clearly never been across the Anacostia river can come to such conclusions about my neighborhood perfectly illustrates the ignorant, devisive attitude in this city, which I believe has only been perpetuated by our mayor, King Fenty.

An interesting historical fact: In the war of 1812, the bridge connecting Anacostia to the rest of the city was burned to defend the Capitol. The citizens of Anacostia, then a upscale neighborhood were left to fend for themselves. This attitude towards Anacostia has been present in the mind of citizens ever since.

Fenty never bothered to come across the river until 9 people were murdered, and that was only to boost his campaign. The people in ward 7 or 8 do not feel like we are entitled to anything more than the attention that other parts of the city are recieving. We are tired as being viewed as ghetto people, or the entitlement class. We are tired of being neglected.

Posted by: I_Heart_Mambosauce | August 5, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

At this point Uncle Tom Fenty does't really care anymore. He's going to get $20 million dollars no matter what the outcome of the election is. He did what he had to and he is going to ride into the sunset with Lanier and Rhee.

Posted by: lemonadedc | August 5, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Mary81 – please see Gray’s plan for the schools at:
http://www.vincegrayformayor.com/education/

As for “ensuring that our schools continue to improve” – Apparently you haven’t heard that DC schools have been improving for over a decade, long before Rhee arrived and under six different superintendents. This is according to the highly respected National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), used across the country to assess student improvement. See for yourself by going to:
http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/states/
then clicking on “District of Columbia” and scrolling to the bottom. This is a verifiable FACT, unlike the spin you get from Rhee and Fenty, too often simply repeated in the newspapers.

Also, you should know that for the first time in the three years that Rhee has been here, the local standardized tests, DC-CAS, show a DECREASE in the elementary grades. Read about it here:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/13/AR2010071306622.html

Key sentence: “After two years of significant gains across the D.C. school system, elementary students lost ground in reading and math test scores this year, a setback to Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee as she seeks to overhaul the city's schools.”

Posted by: efavorite | August 5, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

I am Ward 4 resident who voted and sat through the entire forum. They cross-checked IDs & registered voters' lists, so people who voted were Ward 4 residents.

During the forum, Fenty never answered one question; he simply repeated the same soundbites ("Test Scores...Results...Tough Decisions...") over & over again. He stuttered a lot and kept trying to read from a pad in front of him. Gray, and the other candidates, showed wisdom, intelligence, and depth of knowledge. Several times, Gray injected humor when Fenty mispoke or pouted. At one point, Fenty refused to give the microphone to the female facilitator and demanded to offer a rebuttal. Silence fell over the room, as people watched Fenty drop the like and exhibit extremely immature, rude behavior.

What was most shocking to me was Muriel Bowser's behavior. She sat in the audience, shouting at Gray when he spoke. More appalling, as the Ward 4 Council Member, Bowser showed no grace, tact, or professionalism when she encouraged an elderly Fenty supporter sitting in front of her to continue shouting obscenities at Gray supporters! Those of us sitting nearby lost all respect for her----the audacity. One lady told Bowser that she was not conducting herself in a dignified manner, and Bowser apologized and left that section of the room. Her conduct left a bad taste in many of our mouths.

Overall, it was a wonderful night for democracy in DC. People came out in droves and walked long distances to vote. The Fenty paid workers were intimidating (taking pictures of people, shouting, pushing people) and embarrassing, but they did not deter the rest of us from getting inside. It was a clean, comfotable space (the church's conference room) with a strong moderator (Bruce Johnson), and everyone in politics was there (Barry, Alexander, Mendelson, Sharon Pratt Kelly, Kwame Brown, Orange, and so many others). It was an exciting night hearing the debate, seeing people's passions, feeling the andrenalin of the voting rush, the pride from voting, and the hope that resonates.

People in Wash, DC want a change in leadership, and Mr. Fenty does not get that, but the rest of us do. His arrogance, lack of integrity, poor fiscal management, and intimidation tactics are enough to turn off most voters, especially those that showed up undecided. They stood in line and watched the Fenty workers destroy any ounce of credibility he may have in this city. By contrast, Gray stood out as wise, brilliant, calm, and dignified, and his volunteers reflected that, too. That was enough to give Gray a Ward 4 Straw Poll victory and endear more residents to him and his campaign for Mayor.

Posted by: wordwise1 | August 5, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Some of the posters here sound divisive, but I am still in the Fenty camp.

Fenty has demonstrated that he is able to make the hard decisions to get the city moving in the right direction. Gray strikes me as a populist, one that will do/say anything to make people happy.

Like with the schools, a lot of those teachers needed to be fired. No one before Fenty was willing to do this. Yes, a lot of people are unhappy, but Fenty did what it took to get the schools moving in the right direction.

Posted by: ftottenite | August 5, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Excuse me? Entitlement class? Well you can kiss my Ward 7 taxpaying @ss! I can guarantee you my home in Ward 7 is nicer than anything in Ward 4--and I have yard, driveway and garage. There is no one on welfare in this neighborhood and even if there was, they should not to be disrespected like that. Last time I checked, Georgia Ave ran right through Ward 4 and that is nobody's 5th Avenue! That's the arrogance and attitude that people are talking about. I'm not going to attribute that statement to Fenty, but when his supporters make comments like that, it sure doesn't help his cause.

Posted by: PepperDr | August 5, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

wordwise - thanks so much for giving us your take on the forum. Hopefuly the Post will report on it too.

ftottennite - haven't you heard - the scores in DCPS are going down for the first time in three years, since Rhee arrived. See my message at 11:02 above and check it out for yourself.

Posted by: efavorite | August 5, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

PepperDr- I totally agree with you! see my comment above, posted at 10:03 AM!

and for the record ward 7 has some of the nicest homes in the district! and I went to private school in upper northwest, so I know quality when I see it!

DOWN WITH THE KING!

Posted by: I_Heart_Mambosauce | August 5, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

I was there last night and it was a real experience. I got there early, and didn't have to wait long in line to vote. When the doors opened for the forum and the voting, most of the Fenty people went straight to the forum. I went in to vote. But when I went into the Forum room, all these Fenty non-voters had taken up all the chairs. In addition, some of them were "saving" two or three seats, I guess for other Fenty supporters. I went outside to speak to some friends, and when I tried to get back in, I was told that I couldn't go in!

The result of this was that most of us who voted had no chance to actually see the Forum. I went outside and it almost was like a reunion, in that I saw a whole lot of friends, neighbors and co-workers with Gray signs!

Good work Team Ward 4 and everybody who worked to make this happen.

Posted by: tacard1 | August 5, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

This is arguably the most important news item in the Mayoral race to date. So - not surprisingly - the "house organ" for Fenty sideswipes the story with an infinitesimal blurb containing virtually no information, and buries it among a clutch of lesser political pieces. And - imagine that! - the comments function of the website is mysteriously malfunctioning again, just as it did last week when there was bad news about the Fenty Administration. What a lame excuse for a newspaper.

Also - more on topic here - I have seen the Green-shirts Mob at work. Everything the above commenters report is true. Emperor Adrian and his cabal are proving that they will stoop to the lowest forms of corruption, intimidation, and illegality, in campaigning as well as in governance. I can only hope that the majority of voters will see the Emperor and his gang for what they are, and reward them with the electoral thrashing they so richly deserve.

Posted by: nan_lynn | August 5, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

guylady20102, thank you for your intelligent comment. You are correct, only Ward 4 voters could vote at last night's straw poll. We had to show our D.C. Driver's License with a Ward 4 address to compare it to the list with registered Ward 4 D.C. voters. Sure there were people there from other parts of D.C. or maybe Baltimore, but they weren't allowed to vote.

Native Washingtonian
Registered D.C. Voter Since 1975
Ward 4 Resident

Posted by: Ward4DC | August 5, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

In any election where the incumbent loses a straw poll in his home district, county or state it would be reported as a precursor of doom to the incumbent's campaign. To put this on secondary notes page when the morning news provided footage is again insulting to DC residents.

Time and time again via these web pages people have been trying to tell the Post they are not covering the real stories. Critics always try to come back and make it a black and white, Ward 7 & 8 poverty and turning back the clock campaign vs. Fenty. Many folks just want better leadership for the City.

Posted by: oknow1 | August 5, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

I was following Mike DeBonis's tweets last night along with a friend. This friend who resides in Ward 7 and also attended the Ward straw poll said it best. "The results don't surprise me....I'm just happy nobody got shot."

Posted by: thelildiva4u | August 5, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

I am a ward 4 resident and I voted last night. It happens that I arrived at 8 p.m. and thought that I could not vote. When I arrived I saw something that I have never seen in DC politics or any grassroots elections anywhere. The sight of thousands of people to partipate in the election process made me proud.

Everyone should be commended for attending. I did not see any of the negative tactics because I came late but the energy for misunderstanding was in the air. Furthermore, this is politics and it is a contact sport sometimes. Try not to get hit!

Throughout this election cycle I thought that Chairman Gray needed to assert himself. I had not seen it before but I did see him assert himself last night. His campaign should be commended. Not only did he stand tall but his team obviously organized better in Ward 4.

Mayor Fenty held his own and defended his record. While I would not say that he is on a sinking ship his camp has to admit that there is a leak somewhere on the boat. We will see how $3 million can help to plug up the leak.

I don't know how the election will end but from what I saw last night, it will be hard fought and it should.

Sadly, there are other candidates who need to be acknowledged for their substance on the issues. Namely, Leo Alexander has been on message and has lasted this long as an upstart campaign. It is unfortunate that money is at the heart of campaigns these days and the issues don't seem to matter. Hopefully, Mr. Alexander will be able to transfer his effort of this year into a position that will give him a forum to help the city. Minus his perspective on new Americans he could lead in some way one day.

Posted by: ManorParkMan | August 5, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Do your own research Rhee supporters please see here, the AYP reports from before and after she was appointed and see that test scores were up before she came into office and also that the AYP scores declined the year she took office.

http://www.nclb.osse.dc.gov/aypsummaryreports.asp
Also this link will show that crime was declining in DC before Mayor Fenty was elected or Chief Lanier was appointed. yet, after she was appointed crime totals have fluctuated, not a steady decline like the administration would have you to believe.

http://mpdc.dc.gov/mpdc/cwp/view,a,1239,q,547256,mpdcNav_GID,1556.asp

As for me, I do not know what Gray will bring. he could be full of poo... BUT I see the petty, underhanded lying mayor we have now and I dont want him back. I dont know how many of you who are commenting on these posts for him have worked for him or know him, but I know him personally and I want him gone.

Posted by: lilscooby09 | August 5, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Do your own research folks!!! Rhee supporters the link below shows the AYP reports from before and after she was appointed and see that test scores were up before she came into office and also that the AYP scores declined the year she took office. PS if you dont know what the AYP is, look it up!

http://www.nclb.osse.dc.gov/aypsummaryreports.asp

Also this next link will show that crime was declining in DC before Mayor Fenty was elected or Chief Lanier was appointed. yet, after she was appointed crime totals have fluctuated, not a steady decline like the administration would have you to believe.

http://mpdc.dc.gov/mpdc/cwp/view,a,1239,q,547256,mpdcNav_GID,1556.asp

As for me, I do not know what Gray will bring. he could be full of poo... BUT I see the petty, underhanded lying mayor we have now and I dont want him back. I dont know how many of you who are commenting on these posts for him have worked for him or know him, but I know him personally and I want him gone.

Posted by: lilscooby09 | August 5, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

The only leg Fenty is standing on is education reform. I don't see how Fenty and Rhee started taking credit for a plan 30 days into term that Jainey constructed and put in place before Fenty literally kicked him to the curb. Rhee chose not to close schools in phases, and here we sit with these abandon buildings turning into dens in already struggling neighborhoods. Charter schools are refused access to the buildings then every year they have to beg for their facilities payment. As a special needs parent a charter school saved my child's life when DCPS turned their backs. I am done with him and his crew, and I'm a dummy who knocked on doors and drove the elderly to the polls for him. MIKE MIKE STOP HATING

Posted by: Tilii | August 5, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Folks want to go back to the good old days... I mean who in their right mind will want to go back to the good old days? Fenty's biggest crime is his arrogance? Puhleeze! I like the team of people he has assembled... All indices point to the fact that he has done well. Our schools are getting better, crime is low, unemployment in most parts of the city is below the national average, public utility is doing their job, Parks and Recs are functional.

But he is arrogant? Well, we can always go back to being like Detroit, so that people will not see the mayor as arrogant.

Posted by: samiismoni14 | August 5, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

I don't like some of the negative comments hurled towards wards 7 and 8.

Yes there are people in those wards that fit the comments, but I know the majority are hard working people.

I think the Fenty campaign knows this, and I wouldn't attribute the negativity of some Fenty supporters as indicative of the entire campaign.

Having said that, the best way to improve those wards is to continue the economic progress started under Fenty. Going back to the Barry years where everyone had a DC gov't job is not going to do anything except bankrupt the city again.

Posted by: nwdc5 | August 5, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

NWDC5 give it a rest. Everyone who supports Gray are not government employees. Your failed attempts to paint everyone who opposes your king fenty with the same brush is quite laughable.

What say you on King Fenty's overspending the summer youth job program every year since being in office? Once to the tune of 30 million dollars.

In case you were slumbering from 1999-2006 it was Mayor Anthony Williams that revitalized the District of Columbia. It was Williams that restored downtown, it was Williams that lobbied for, funded, and contracted parks and library renovations, it was Williams that lobbied for and funded DCPS renovation.

It was Adrian Fenty that took a billion dollar surplus handed to him from Williams and turn it into a budgetary deficit.

Do your homework next time.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | August 7, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

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