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Gray unveils first TV ad

Christopher Dean Hopkins

D.C. Council chairman Vincent C. Gray will unveil the first ad of his mayor campaign Wednesday. The ad attacks Fenty regarding his ties to fraternity brothers Sinclair Skinner and Omar Karim, as well as Peaceoholics founder Ronald Moten. The ad will air on cable, but not network television.

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  August 24, 2010; 11:00 PM ET
Categories:  2010 District Election , Vincent C. Gray  
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I like the ad, wish it was on local television, would be more impactful; I know they are the underdog campaign and don't have the money that Fenty has, so I guess they have to go with what works for their pocketbook.

Posted by: lacairaine | August 24, 2010 11:25 PM | Report abuse

I like the ad too, but the issue goes beyond Moten, Skinner and Karim, and unless people are willing to research it, they will cynically believe this is just negative ad/smear tactics.

Posted by: LukasWP | August 24, 2010 11:31 PM | Report abuse

Great ad! Go Vince!

Posted by: ssmd11 | August 25, 2010 12:48 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Fenty, we trusted you before and here is what we got:

-After 10 years of increasing school test scores, scores declined last year

-Only 15 schools in the District of Columbia this year met the annual goals of No Child Left Behind, down from 54 in 2009

-Public Relations stunts around teacher firings and overtstating results

-Crime- specifically robbery, thefts, sexual assaults are up for 3 years!

-Your police department lost DNA crime evidence in more than 200 cases

-DC now has the highest city-wide unemployment in it’s history (30% in some areas)

-You awarded your fraternity brothers $82 MILLION in illegal contracts that they were unqualified for. Your frat buddy Sinclair Skinner got a engineering contract. His qualification was being a failed dry cleaner.

-You JUST vetoed a bill passed by 10 Councilmembers that made it illegal for a candidate to pay someone for their vote

-You arrived into office with a huge budget surplus that he has turned into a large deficit. You depleted our Rainy Day Funds so he could open $400k dog parks and heat his favorite swimming pool.

-Over the last few years, you dipped into the city's rainy day fund to the tune of $840 million, bringing the balance in the savings account down from $1.5 billion in 2007 to just over $650 million for 2011.

-You risk the city’s bond rating

-You leave the country (to Jamiaca and Dubai) without telling anyone or leaving any one as custodian of the DC government

-You have your police escorts close down roads so he and his friends can bike on them.

-You are unwilling to hear any different opinion and anyone that doesn’t agree with you.

-You don’t consult with the community on ANYTHING.

-You have not held ONE news conference since becoming Mayor. Not one.

-You miss community meetings and simply say you “couldn’t make it happen”

-You refuses to hand over any government records- has worst record of responding to Freedom of Information Act requests

-You are simply unable to play well with others- another example is when you refused to give City Council tickets to Nationals game

-You led a sketchy donation of firetrucks to the Dominican Republic

All I'm going to say is that we gave you a chance. For nearly 4 years. And you failed. Your only supporters are people you have paid or are in danger of losing their jobs: Nickles, Rhee, and Moten. You are in over your head and we need someone new that is competent, can deliver, and includes citizens in his decision-making process.

I am going to vote for VINCE GRAY because WE CAN HAVE INCLUSIVE, TRANSPARENT GOVERNMENT THAT GETS RESULTS. It doesn't have to be a choice between listening/thinking and getting results. We can have someone do BOTH.

Let's let Vince Gray lead the city in a way that brings us progress and things are done the right way! Without cronyism or corruption.

Posted by: DCResident3 | August 25, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse


you obviously must on the Gray campaign. Cronyism? Does anyone talk about Mr. Gray awarding a $38 million dollar contract to Emanuel Bailey? who by the way belongs to the same fraternity as Fenty.One of the requirements for the contract is that you have to have a company established in DC.
Well , Mr. Bailey grew up in DC. but currently resides in Md. He lists his mother's address as the address of his "company" on Mississippi Ave. in Southeast DC. Drive by and see for yourself. The address is public knowledge. People dont be fooled! Anybody that runs on the "I'm not Fenty platform" has no substance or true leadership skills.

Look at the city! Look at the positive changes. Just yesterday DC won $75 million dollars for the schools in Obama's "Race to the Top Challenge" Did you hear me?! DC won a national contest involving the school system.

Translation from the Obama Administration== "Great job Mayor Fenty and Chancelor Rhee. We recognize the changes, here is the check!!

C'mon people you dont have to go to dinner with him, think with your mind. This race should not even be close. Fenty's record says it all.

Posted by: ata1 | August 25, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

We won race to the top because of people like myself and other parents who worked with Kerri Briggs and her team NOT fenty...The parents did the work. I WAS THERE SO SPEAK TO ONLY WHAT YOU KNOW...WE didn't win last year because DC DID NOT have the community involvement componet that was required which is why other states beat us only after losing and being told what to do and how to do it instead of allowing parents and community members to be involved we lost last we could have been 2 time winners but fenty didn't want us apart of the process.

Posted by: | August 25, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse


Please stop. Fenty has lobbied Arnie Duncan when he was still Head of Chicago Public Schools. This is not a coincedence. I don't belittle the contributions of everyone in the process. However, everything would have to be an extremely biased person not to give Fenty his credit.

Between the Bill Gates-like donors...and Obama Fenty has personally raised over 100 million is funds for DC school reform.

Fenty's record is freaking exquisit. But, like I have reminded people many many times. Obama lost to Bobby Rush because of the exact accusations that Fenty faces now. In fact, for half of the presidential race Blacks politicians were keeping their distance from Obama.

I am telling you...Black on Black crime is not limited to the streets. Obama would never have become president if he had to deal with Marion Barry and Vincent Gray first. In fact, Vincent Gray was not an early supporter of Obama's. He was with Vernon Jordan, Charles Rangle, and almost all of the Congressional Black Caucus sitting with the Clintons (respect due) counting the black vote before it hatched.

Fenty was the first Major Black politician to endorse Obama.

Cherita, this is a return of favor. Believe it.

But, I am sure that your community meetings helped out alot as well. We all know how the federal government runs to help DC once citizens get involved.

Posted by: politicalrealist | August 25, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

What there is no time to explore in detail is the fact that Fenty's ultimate henchman, Peter Nickles, has manipulated and abused the Office of Attorney General to ensure that Fenty's political allies -- and only Fenty's political allies -- benefit from the OAG's policies and procedures. Nickles is the ultimate crony who answers only to his client Fenty and ignores the legitimate interests of the District and its citizens. That's how Fenty gets away with this.

Posted by: capitolhilllawyer | August 25, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

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