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A Republican Mayor?

Tim Craig

D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) said Saturday "a lot of people would be disappointed' if Mayor Adrian M. Fenty runs as a Republican in the General Election should he lose the Sept. 14 Democratic primary.

Fenty, however, reiterated Saturday he would never run as a Republican, likely killing speculation that the mayor would accept the GOP nomination if it were offered to him.

"I'm a Democrat, that is why I wouldn't run as a Republican," said Fenty, without hesitation, when asked if he would consider running on the GOP ticket.

With no Republican filing to run as mayor, some GOP leaders say they plan to write in Fenty's name on their party primary ballot. Joe Grano, a longtime city Republican in Ward 3, told the Washington Post's Mike DeBonis Saturday he's going to write in Fenty and is urging his fellow partisans to do the same.

If enough Republicans write-in Fenty on Tuesday, many observers believe the mayor could accept the nomination if he switches parties before the November 2 election.

Paul Craney, executive director of the D.C. Republican Committee, has said many District Republicans like Fenty because they support school reform and Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee. Fenty would also likely be very competitive among independent voters who cannot vote in the Democratic primary.

When reporters asked Gray if he would be up for a second round with Fenty in the fall, the chairman said he fully expects the mayor to remain a Democrat.

"I think for somebody who purports to be a lifelong Democrat, I think a lot of people would be very disappointed to see him do something so opportunistic rather than see him stay faithful to his party," Gray said.

--Tim Craig

By Tim Craig  |  September 11, 2010; 2:50 PM ET
Categories:  2010 District Election , Mayor Fenty , Vincent C. Gray , vincent gray  
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Comments

Fenty would get slaughtered in the general if he ran as an R.

Posted by: 20009matt | September 11, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Also he as less than 800K left with Gray winning in filings the last two times. As a Democrat Gray will get all the institutional money and easily overtake Fenty in cash on hand.

Posted by: CultureClub | September 11, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

"If he switches party's"!!!! C'mon Post reporters, at least get the grammar correct!! This kind of sloppiness does not breed confidence.

Posted by: politicsdc | September 11, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

What happens if nobody shows up on the actual election day to go through the motions of voting for Gray?

Posted by: WashingtonDame | September 11, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

I wish King Fenty would disappear from the public eye and move to New York City and work for his mentor Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Posted by: Ward4DC | September 11, 2010 10:36 PM | Report abuse

I am a Republican and I still would not write or vote for the fool Fenty. Fenty as a Republican, would be nothing more than a Michael Steele. Fenty needs to go.

Posted by: ladyskins | September 12, 2010 7:34 AM | Report abuse

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