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Fenty headquarters empty; Gray supporter jubilant

Washington Post editors

The Georgia Avenue campaign headquarters for Mayor Adrian M. Fenty was empty Wednesday morning -- a window that shattered Tuesday night after a volunteer leaned on it remained missing. Anyone could walk into the unsecured former car dealership where equipment and paraphernalia remained.

Vincent Harrison, a 69-year-old retiree, giddily took his normal morning walk past the headquarters. Frayed "Vince Gray" and "I Voted" stickers spruced up his dress shirt.

"He's from here in D.C.," Harrison told a woman on the sidewalk who knew little about the council chairman who handily beat Fenty in the Democratic primary. "Vince Gray is going to help small businesses and get people jobs."

Without prompting, Harrison, who retired as a cook from Walter Reed Hospital, criticized the elections board for slow returns Tuesday. "Why did it take so long for the votes to come in?" he asked.

A row of live news trucks awaited the arrival of someone, anyone from the Fenty campaign.
A security officer said, "They're not coming." He flung up his arms as he took a look around the empty headquarters.

--Nikita Stewart

By Washington Post editors  |  September 15, 2010; 8:33 AM ET
Categories:  2010 District Election , Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart , Vincent C. Gray  | Tags: Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, adrian fenty, council chair vincent gray, election, vincent gray  
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"He's from here in D.C.,"

What an ignorant comment. Fenty was born and raised in D.C. and so was I. It is our city too buddy.

Posted by: jmarks09 | September 15, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

"He's from here in D.C.,"

What an ignorant comment. Fenty was born and raised in D.C. and so was I. It is our city too buddy.

Posted by: jmarks09 | September 15, 2010 8:54 AM | Report abuse

The late, great Senator Paul Wellstone said:

“A politics that is not sensitive to the concerns and circumstances of people's lives, a politics that does not speak to and include people, is an intellectually arrogant politics that deserves to fail.”

Fenty discounted a segment of the population that's still in the majority; they spoke out and galvanized others to discount him at the polls.

Bye, bye Fenty Bye, Bye!

Posted by: GoldCoast | September 15, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Now, we can become the Nikita Stewarts of the Gray years...

Fenty supporters- lets see what the Gray supporters receive.. jobs? new schools, or even how low the test scores drop?
crime? especially when the wards that wanted him so badly don't get jobs.

I look forward to becoming the Nikita Stewart and Dorothy Brazile of the new administration..

Posted by: pdv1 | September 15, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the compliment! Yes, the people--more so than the media--were instrumental in exposing Fenty's and Rhee's and getting the word out via, posting, Facebook, Twitter, blogs, YouTube and word of mouth.

Posted by: GoldCoast | September 15, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

“OH HAPPY DAY”, by Edwin Hawkins is now my theme song. We the black Ward 4 D.C. voters made King Fenty. His head got too big for him and he kick many of us to the curb. To the white racist liberal Democrats and to the racist whites living in Virginia, Maryland, and around the country making negative comments, this mayoral race wasn’t about Marion Barry. Vincent Gray is a different person and I think he will not govern like Marion Barry. How would whites in America feel if we compared all white politicians as the same, for instance George Bush, Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, etc.? It was liberal white Morman Democratic Senator Harry Reid that came out his mouth by saying, whites in America feel only comfortable with light skin articulate Negroes. This comment in itself was very racist by this white U.S. Senator. I didn’t hear any of the whites on this blog make any comments about Senator Reid’s comment because they know this is how the majority of whites feel in America, regardless if they are Democrat, Independent, Republican, Jewish, Catholic, gay, or straight.

Posted by: Ward4DC | September 15, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse


I really hope you pay as much attention to the 'cronyism' in the Gray Administration as you did in Fenty's. Take note of names like Don Peebles, Lloyd Jordan his son Carlos (He'll surely get some cushy position, even though he's a complete tool), and others who have much to gain from Gray's recent victory.

I've also been hearing some names for Gray's senior staff. Names such as Stan Jackson, Suzanne Peck to lead this administration. These are former government professionals who proved to be incompetent in the past and now they'll be getting a second bite at the apple.

We're still experiencing declining tax revenues in the near future, so what is Gray going to do to balance the budget? He's not going to raise fees, right? Is he going to raise taxes? If so, the brunt of those tax increases will hit those who are employed and own homes and also make over a certain income. Will he use those tax revenues to 'find jobs' for people east of the river???

I am so discouraged by a Gray administration. Mark my words, the residents of D.C. will be disappointed in his tenure.

Posted by: bart1979 | September 17, 2010 1:17 AM | Report abuse

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