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'Underdog' Fenty says Gray's record will reverse the polls

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By Tim Craig
Mayor Adrian M. Fenty said Sunday that he's the "underdog" in the Sept. 14 Democratic primary but that he believes he can fend off Vincent C. Gray once voters and the media closely examine Gray's record.

"I think the truth of the matter is while a significant part of the election cycle is behind us, I think in the last 16 days of an election anything can happen," Fenty said at a news conference in the parking lot of United Medical Center in Southeast Washington.

The mayor summoned reporters to the hospital so he could respond to Sunday's Washington Post poll that showed Gray with a 17-point lead among likely voters in the primary.

Fenty said he will be redoubling his efforts to reach out to voters, especially African Americans, to try to ease any concerns they have about his personality and leadership style.

He also urged the media to take a closer look at Gray's record, citing several recent controversies about work performed last year on Gray's home and his role in awarding a new lottery contract to a businessman who may have had ties to some council members.

"He is the one who has two ethics investigations he is going to have to answer to," Fenty said.

By Tim Craig  |  August 29, 2010; 3:13 PM ET
Categories:  2010 District Election , Mayor Fenty , Tim Craig , Vincent C. Gray , vincent gray  
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Isn't the real controversy over the fence at Mr. Gray's house the fact that, as City Paper's Loose Lips put it a month ago, "This Sounds Fency: Guess how many people have been busted under the Fenty’s administration breaking the city’s fence-height-building rules? That’s right, only Vincent Gray."

Did anyone from WaPo think to ask Fenty why only one citizen, Gray, was literally "singled out" for prosecution on this?

Hey, I think Ron Moten and Big G were there. Did anyone from WaPo think to ask Fenty, "Why did you write a letter to the judge on behalf of Big G when he was arrested on gun charges?"

Mayor Fenty says the race is not over, WaPo. Don't you think you should continue to cover both sides of it aggressively?

Posted by: Trulee | August 29, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Fenty is so disillusioned that he finds it hard to accept the truth even when it's right there in his face. The polls do not lie. He made his own bed let him sleep in it!!!

Posted by: starclimber9 | August 29, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Fenty is a desperate pathetic man. If I were him, I wouldn't push the media too hard to dig into Gray's record and past. They may just decide to dig into Fenty's past and his shady dealings. I don't think Fenty would want all the skeletons in his personal and political closet to come out.

Posted by: UrbanDweller | August 29, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

You're the underdog today and will be a "shunned" private citizen tomorrow.

Posted by: candycane1 | August 29, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

e also urged the media to take a closer look at Gray's record, citing several recent controversies about work performed last year on Gray's home and his role in awarding a new lottery contract to a businessman who may have had ties to some council members.

"He is the one who has two ethics investigations he is going to have to answer to," Fenty said.

Yes, investigate the two ethic investigations manufactured by Ron Moten Fenty's political advisor. Fenty has lost his mind.

Check out DeBois Twitter pic featuring Ron Moten, Fenty and "Little G" at a press conference where G blames Gray for losing his job. What a ghetto mess.

Posted by: guylady201001 | August 29, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

I don't think there has ever been a satisfactory explanation of the honorable Mayor's trips to Dubais, HIS friends receiving city contracts or his use of DC vehicles. Not to mention the enormous traffic fines racked up by members of his staff and other city workers that have gone unpaid.

While the Mayor seems to operate under the impression some of these questionable activities are the entitlements of his office, he seems clueless to the fact that his contituents are noticing and just might not agree.

Posted by: Frustratededucator | August 29, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

It's funny. Everyone cites the Mayor's arrogance and attitude as reasons why the city has turned its back on him.

In my opinion, he could be the biggest SOB in the world. If he ran a clean administration and got things done ON BUDGET and with efficiency, then I could continue to support him.

However, he continues to stall the media and public FOIA request, and hide behind Peter Nickles.

Most voters see through the veil.

It is too late Adrian.

Posted by: LukasWP | August 29, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Visit this link and see Fenty and his boyz.

Hey WP put this pic in your A-section while you pump Fenty the thug on your editorial page.

Fenty is DONE.

Posted by: guylady201001 | August 29, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Don't be fooled. Adrian Fenty is a filthy dangerous crook who will say and do anything to get reelected.

The people of DC HATE YOU FENTY!

Posted by: ashafer_usa | August 29, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

I voted for Fenty in the last election. However, I won't be voting for him this time around. I find him to be immature and yes, arrogant. He is not the kind of leader who galvanizes people. Yes, I want to see the educational system improved, who doesn't. But the way Michele Rhee and Fenty have gone about change has been totally callous and disrespectful to the teachers. He comes across as a self-righteous jerk and so does she.

Posted by: jhnsnrt | August 29, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Hey Fenty,


You are so self absorbed you think it is only your personality or your "style"

buddy this is about substance, not style,
performance not personality,

Fenty you are pitiful

Posted by: JohnAdams1 | August 29, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

King Fenty, it's too late. I will casting my vote tomorrow morning at the Board of Elections for Vincent Gray.

King Fenty, the majority of the voters don't like you anyone and we want you banished from your kingdom (Wilson Building).

Posted by: Ward4DC | August 29, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

How can the Mayor, an incumbent be the underdog with $4.5million and the protege of Mayor Bloomberg???????

Posted by: diahhna | August 29, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

King Fenty, it's too late now to ask for our sympathy. I will be voting tomorrow morning for Vincent Gray.

The majority of the D.C. voters want you banished from your kingdom (Wilson Building). Good riddance to you King Fenty. Please take Peter Nickles, Ron Moten, Gabe Klein, Bill Lightfoot, Valerie Santos, Ron Austin, and Michelle Rhee with you.

Posted by: Ward4DC | August 29, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Michelle Rhee is the living symbol of Fenty's arrogance and the destructive blame-game havoc that he's brought to DC.

The sooner the both of them are in the rear view mirror, the better for us all.

Posted by: fakedude1 | August 29, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Fenty ignored the fact that DC is 80% African American and he has ignored or looked down his nose at that 80% for four years. He number humbled himself to a large percentage of the citizens of DC and they didn't forget.

Start packing.

Posted by: quavaduff | August 29, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Fenty isn't the underdog. He is the incumbent. After the primary he will be the lame duck. After the general election he will be the outgoing Mayor. In January he will be looking for a job just like I have during his administration. Then he will find out how well he made the Department of Employment Services operate during his term in office.

Posted by: Carole5520 | August 29, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe that Fenty is talking about a FENCE, and someone letting contract to associations or associates of the Council.

What about your FRAT BROTHERS and RON MOTEN, whom I will bet is giving or will give you a kickback.

Posted by: Special_One40 | August 29, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

This native black Washingtonian will be casting his vote of tomorrow at the D.C. Board of Elections for Vincent Gray. Once King Fenty is a private citizen again, he will have time to ride his bike and jog.

I know King Fenty personally and I knew him when he was an ANC 4C Commissioner here in Ward 4. I thought this guy was a humble person and had such promise as a politician. I was wrong and I too had to suffer King Fenty’s wrath and disrespect towards me as a constituent.

Voters must remember, politician work for us, not the other way around. We are their boss!

Politicians must remember to smile and treat their constituents with respect whether they like it or not.

I was in a private meeting with Fenty during his tenure as our Ward 4 Councilmember with 4 other Ward 4 residents. Adrian told my friend and neighbor in this meeting several years ago to shut up, he’s grown, and he was talking. My neighbor and friend is a Judge and an Attorney. He’s also old enough to be Adrian Fenty’s father. Others in attendance at this meeting saw the real side or Adrian’s truth nasty self as a human being and we never forgot his behavior toward’s my neighbor and friend. My neighbor was insulted by Adrian nasty behavior towards him as a D.C. taxpayer, voter, and resident.

Adrian is now reaping all that he has sowed! Good riddance to him. King Fenty can take Ron Moten, Bill Lightfoot, Peter Nickles, Gabe Klein, Neil Albert, Valerie Santos, and Michelle Rhee along with him. Maybe NYC Rev. Floyd “FLAKE” and NYC Mayor Bloomberg can find King Fenty a job in New York City.

After September 14th, 2010, I would hate to be married to King Fenty once he suffers the pain of not winning this election.

There’s an old Negro spiritual called “Oh Happy Day” by the Hawkins family. The black community will be singing this song in celebration to Fenty not winning the election.

Posted by: Ward4DC | August 29, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse

to quavaduff: Actually, the city is now less than 60% African American. It is 44% White according to a recent article in City Paper. I would guess about 14% Hispanic. Not sure about Asian population. But the bottom line is that disdain for Fenty crosses racial lines. Many don't like him or Rhee and will not vote for them: White, Black, Hispanic, Asian and Other!

Posted by: UrbanDweller | August 29, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Check is video link out, it speaks for itself:

Don't leave us Pookey, I mean Fenty!

Posted by: Special_One40 | August 29, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

awarding a new lottery contract to a businessman who may have had ties to some council members= GRAY

Posted by: pdv1 | August 29, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

I think it is horrible when we use "investigations" as a way to discredit people. You might be surprised to know just how many innocent people have been under "investigation." So...spare us the "under investigation" bit, and mouth off when someone has been "found" to have done something wrong.

Posted by: jennjen | August 29, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Fenty don't waste your time trying to reach out to African Americans. You took us for granted for 4 years. Now it's pay back time. You are done. Start looking for another job. What kind of job, who knows.

Posted by: samvped205 | August 29, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Fenty don't waste your time trying to reach out to African Americans. You took us for granted for 4 years. Now it's pay back time. You are done. Start looking for another job. What kind of job, who knows.

Posted by: samvped205 | August 29, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

It can get really dark in the closet. Come on out.

Posted by: bigheadbull2 | August 29, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Note to self: In a year,I went from being Wonderdog to BLUNDERdog! And, like everything else, I did it MY WAY!

Posted by: ssmd11 | August 29, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

The crook believes Gray will be hoist by his own petard? Fools are fooled.

Posted by: Martial | August 29, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Fenty and his cronies are like unprofessional ponzi scammers.
Ronald Moten and Sara Pallin are two of a kind,
will say or do anything for $$$$$$$$'s.

Posted by: cureton46 | August 29, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

awarding a new lottery contract to a businessman who may have had ties to some council members= GRAY

Posted by: pdv1

pdv1 Is this the best you can do? You are just as sick as Fenty the loser.

Posted by: guylady201001 | August 30, 2010 6:22 AM | Report abuse

It is humourous that Fenty as the incumbant with $5 million sees himself as the underdog. I guess he would like to believe that instead of seeing himself as being rejected by the voters.

The Adrian Fenty election will be looked at as a sad case. A man elected with huge majorities and winning every precinct who squandered all that good will in such a short time. He is now relegated to bringing in people like former Congressman Floyd Flake from NY to endorse him. Flake who is a Democrat but who endorsed Guilliani and Pataki.

I don't wish Fenty any ill will but I hope after he leaves office he will take the time, of which he will have plenty, to assess his own errors and rebuild his life from here. So many of us, myself included worked for his election in 2006 because we saw him as a young man of promise, who would change the way things were done in DC. Sadly he only changed the names of the cronies, squandered a huge reserve fund, thought ribbon cuttings were the road to success instead of dealing with the really tough issues that had to be dealt with. He put those off so that now the next Mayor will have to deal with them.

I think that people have come to the conclusion that Vince Gray is better equipped to do that. I know I have.

But the underdog theory just makes Fenty seem out of touch and living in a world of unreality. Not the way he should go out of office. Hope he goes out with some class because that will be better for his future.

Posted by: peterdc | August 30, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

I too voted for Fenty last time around. Mainly because he was the only person who voted against a crime bill imposed because a white citizen was murdered and a few white kids robbed on the Mall. Hundreds of Blacks are murdered in DC every year but when one white person is shot we have crime emergencies and all hands on deck. Fenty was the only one who said; why should the kids suffer in Ward's 6,7,8 for a murder that took place in Ward 2? I thought Fenty got it..saw the big picture. The big picture of gentrification, gutting of DC Govt jobs, and lack of contracts and job opps for African Americans in the District.

Once he got elected he tried to be another "Mr Bow-Tie". Fenty is a racist thief who has put the word out that the District is about firing Blacks and hiring new White residents. Go downtown and look at the offices today. Look at his appointments...look at all the whites and gays taking all of the jobs from Black residents right here in the District. Fenty is a stereotyping Black man who is only catering to outside young Whites and White gays. So....this is why I can't vote for him. We Blacks have worked and fought to hard to be cast aside like garbage.Nothing against newcomers or Gays. But, it's not right to put the word out that "The District is looking for Whites" all over the country. People have move to DC from NYC,WVa. PA...because they heard through the grapevine about the District new hiring practices. What kind of message is Fenty sending to his children? My children? It's a shame that Whites only like Fenty because of how he disrespects Blacks. Talk to any White person and they swear test scores are up when in fact EVERYBODY knows they are down. Accept the WaPo of course. Whites seem to love Fenty and it's because he sends out the image of Black exclusion. If you are a 40 year old Black man you can forget about getting hired in the DC Public School System. That's a unwritten law under Rhee. Trust me...I wouldn't lie. This must change...Fenty must go.

Posted by: kentonsmith | August 30, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Terrible to judge by looks, but Fenty appears more like Blagojevich than Gray does. Something about the flashy clothes.

Posted by: Martial | August 30, 2010 11:43 PM | Report abuse

Our Mayor Fenty wants to put dumpster pools in Wards 5, 7, and 8! He is a Bloomberg butt eater!!

Posted by: PRIDE-INC | September 1, 2010 8:07 AM | Report abuse

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