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Fenty gets endorsement from Latino newspaper

Nikita R Stewart

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty picked up endorsements Thursday from the Washington Hispanic, a regional Spanish-language newspaper, and from the owners of the local Haydee's restaurants.

Fenty, who is 17 points behind chief rival Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray among likely Democratic voters in a Washington Post poll, rallied his supporters outside a Haydee's in Mount Pleasant and led them in a chant of "Si, se puede."

About 30 to 40 Hispanic residents then loaded into vans to take advantage of early voting and cast ballots for Fenty.

Through an interpreter, Nelly Carrion, director of the Washington Hispanic, said the city is moving in the "right direction."

"I think they are both good people, both good candidates," she said, referring to Fenty and Gray, but "whoever starts the task should be allowed to finish."

Haydee Vanegas, who owns the restaurants with her husband, said Fenty is "for education, for small businesses."

"We see less homeless in the street. We see less crime. It don't matter what people say, he loves people," she said.

Gray has been endorsed by the D.C. Latino Caucus.

Fenty appeared relaxed, shaking hands, sitting down for an interview and eating plantains. Ximena Hartsock, his pick to run the Department of Parks and Recreation but not confirmed by the council, attended the event. Hartsock's confirmation grew more controversial when statements were made that she did not understand black residents.

By Nikita R Stewart  |  September 2, 2010; 11:30 AM ET
Categories:  2010 District Election  
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lol...people keep citing national trends of crime going down but not about the raise in Robberies and rapes

Posted by: JeroRobson1 | September 2, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Not surprising that one of his cabinet picks "doesn't understand Black people." Neither does he. Maybe if he had appointed some Blacks to his cabinet, he wouldn't be 17 points behind.

Posted by: PepperDr | September 2, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

The reason crime is down has nothing to do with Fenty. It has come down do to the economic boom in the District of Columbia. It has come down because of the displacement of many of the city's poorer residents. It has come down because of the housing projects that have been closed. Lets be honest. It not Fenty nor the police. Please stop using this in your campaign mayor.

Posted by: thettruth4you | September 2, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Fenty is a filthy crook and a liar. I look forward to him losing!

Adios Mayor Fenty (and that
"other" AMF as well) !

There's my latin endorsement for ya!

Posted by: ashafer_usa | September 2, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Ashafer, why are you so ignorant? can you defend your candidate without offending an entire ethnic group?

Posted by: dcresident2010 | September 2, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

I am a Ward Hispanic, and voted for Vince Gray on Monday.

Posted by: ElRosas | September 2, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps 1 out of 10 can vote legally. No big deal for Vincent Grey

Posted by: Special_One40 | September 2, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

I support the mayor because "Whoever starts a task should be able to finish"

So Marion Barry should be reelected over and over again just because he wasn't able to finish?

I assume that the owner wasn't prepared to answer a substantive question re: her support.

Posted by: dcis1 | September 2, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

They can support him all they want; the reality is that maybe 1 or 2 of those supporters can vote!!!

Posted by: Thecrazyone | September 2, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Thecrazyone
"They can support him all they want; the reality is that maybe 1 or 2 of those supporters can vote!!!"

ROFLMFAO!!!!! You are the POST OF THE DAY!!!! LOLOLOL

Posted by: stinkyliberals | September 2, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Thecrazyone...
then the Latino Caucus endorsement means nothing either right?
Why the negativity? Can you Gray supporters defend your candidate based on his accomplishments and stop with the racial remarks? Maybe Latino Caucus needs to support Fenty too.

Posted by: endorsement | September 2, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Honest, hard-working, Latinos with a strong commitment to traditional family values are a vital asset to DC. The fear of Washington's "long-time" residents is that their days of power and influence is quickly waning. And not a moment too soon.

Posted by: wagtdn | September 2, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

The majority of Latinos in D.C. are from El Salvador or other Central American countries. Many of these people are illegal or are non citizens of the United States. Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens and they can vote. The established D.C. Cuban community in D.C. have become U.S. citizens and they too can vote. Many Panama natives have become U.S. citizens and they can vote too. Many Dominicans are not U.S. citizens and some Dominicans are illegal.

Posted by: Ward4DC | September 2, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

I don't know why any Latino group would support Fenty. They are being ignored and driven out of the city too. How many Latinos are represented at top levels in this government? How about even at the lower levels?

Posted by: PepperDr | September 2, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

dcresident2010, why are you such a bitter sourpuss. It is called humor. Don't be such a pathetic loser. PS. Come mierda!

Posted by: ashafer_usa | September 2, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

B.F.D. That still won't be enough to save the king at this point. But even with the endorsement, notice how there were no childish comebacks from the Gray camp. Too bad the same could not be said for Team Fenty after the announcement that Councilmember Cheh is supporting our NEXT MAYOR. That's what separates the kids from the adults in this race.

Posted by: ssmd11 | September 2, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Fenty and Dr. Hartsock have sold out the Latino community.

As the Director of Dept of Rec, Dr. Hartsock hired ZERO Latinos. The ones that are currently working for DPR were hired by Clark. The majority of Hartsock’s hirees were either White or Asian.

Please, don’t let Fenty use Hartsock to deceive the Latino community.

Posted by: GoldCoast | September 2, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Is great that the Latin community in Washington takes an active role in the democratic process. Dr. King would have been proud of them and we should too. Although small, the Latin community in Washington can be powerful if remains united. I think we should applaud their participation and welcome them regardless of their Mayoral preference.

Posted by: robertmenen | September 2, 2010 11:15 PM | Report abuse

I wholeheartedly agree with GoldCoast! Hartsock seems to have sold Latinos up the river without a paddle and could probably care less. It seems that she suffers from the "I've arrived" syndrome that some minorities get when they reach the upper-ranks along with their inability to deal with power appropriately. It's mostly because they've come from humble beginnings and sacrificed SO much that now everyone must bow down to them for accomplishing such a triumphant journey. Then, they try to remove anything and anybody that reminds them of their past as if they hate/are embarrassed of their own race.

Hartsock definitely seems to lack respect for Latinos AND other minorities. She definitely didn't hire ANY Latinos on her watch, and I believe fired a few that were on-board upon her arrival. It's sad. What programs did she institute for Latinos once in office? What Latino areas did she begin to focus on at that time? Likely, none.

The entire arrangement was a power-move by Fenty's Administration to undermine the Council and still move forward with daycare closures. Hartsock apparently would have no problem violating the laws and moving forward with whatever they told her - and Council could deal with mobs of angry Latinos if they had a problem with Hartsock. Why else would they have placed her there with a background in Education (no supervisory or budget experience and no recreational/sports management experience, etc) to eradicate the DPR educational programs. And she came from DCPS where she was very much needed with her brilliant educational background! None of it made ANY sense at all.

Posted by: bodymagicbykim | September 3, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

I am a parent of a 10 year old at JO Wilson Elementary School and I met Dr. Hartsock when she was Chancellor Rhee's deputy. I worked with her in 2 initiatives and I think I got to get to know her pretty well. Dr. Hartsock is very well respected in many circles, Black, White and Hispanic. She is bright and fierce but also very compassionate. Several city initiatives were created by her under Mayor Williams so I would be careful attaching her only to Fenty, she is not a newcomer.
I don't think Dr. Hartsock is the type of person who care about race at all. She is very confident and is a natural leader and has followers on both, Fenty and Gray sides.

Posted by: Mayor2011 | September 3, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Bodymagic,
Don't be so negative. You are missing many facts. Hartsock has been around, she is not a newcomer and she is not from poor beginnings. She is not going anywhere either and has lots of followers. She used to be the Director of the Office of Bilingual Education, School Principal, run all DC's after school and summer school programs, and is huge among the community Based Organizations (I know because the CEO of DC Scores testified on her support, there were more than 40 reps of CBOs at the hearing from all corners of the city). There is no need to insult her or discredit her. Chairman Gray has been vocal about his respect for her so we need to be careful of what we say.

Posted by: DCscoresrocks | September 3, 2010 10:35 PM | Report abuse

DCscoresrocks,

Dr. Hartsock’s flagrant disregard for laws and policies that govern the District of Columbia is the only reason she is an ex-interim and not the director of D.C. Parks and Recreations (DPR). She was entrusted with taxpayers’ dollars to provide services for the good of all DC residents, but yet she chose to accommodate the more affluent Wards, while cutting needed services—that were federally funded—for the city’s less fortunate, which also includes Hispanics.

Case in point— Dr. Hartsock violated two laws passed by the Council: the "Day Care and Senior Services Emergency and Temporary Acts of 2008," and the "Daycare Facility Emergency and Temporary Act of 2009,"that were created solely to prevent her from closing daycare and senior facilities.

Dr. Hartsock refused to adhere to the law and closed the daycare and senior facilities in contempt of the Council. Mind you, although she defied the law and closed the daycare and senior facilities that provided a needed service to low-income residents, she expanded a program called “Cooperative Play” which is a part-time, play-time program sponsored by DPR that caters to affluent, stay-at-home moms with toddlers in Wards 3, 2 and 1.

Over 200 DPR daycare workers & employees—some with more than 20 years of service—lost their jobs, while many of Dr. Hartsock’s delegation of unqualified, former DCPS employees were rewarded with pay that exceeded the salary limits by as much as 40 percent.

Oh, we can't forget the $83 million contract scheme that Dr. Hartsock facilitated for Banneker Venture and Skinner, while at the Dept of Rec.

Dr. Hartsock, not bodymagicbykim, is responsible for her tarnished reputation.

Posted by: GoldCoast | September 4, 2010 11:54 PM | Report abuse

Goldcoast,
As a Latino Caucus member I am outraged about your comments on Dr. Ximena Hartsock.
1) The child care program used to cost7 million dollars to DC tax payers. Served 300 children and employed 130 employees. That ratio of 2.1 is not event affordable but the most exclusive private schools in the area. The program bankrupted several years ago. Over the years the cost to the district was over 30 million dollars. What Ximena Hartsock did was the right thing to do although not popular with workers and union. Council members signed the initial proposed legislation but when they learned funds were not available they did not pursue to fund the program in the 2011 budget. Dr. Hartsock did what other Directors didn't have the guts to do before.

2)The Banneker contract was selected and signed under the tenure of Clark Ray. However it doesn't matter because DPR does not have contract procurement authority, DOES NOT, CANNOT buy, sign, enter into any contracts. All of this occurred under the watch of DMPED. Just like all construction is now under the watch of Allen Lew.

When we supported Dr. Hartsock because of the unfair treatment she received at her confirmation hearing, we took the time to learn the issues she was blamed for and that is why I am certain that your allegations Goldcoast are false.

Posted by: LatinoCaucusmember | September 5, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

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