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Fenty opts out of 'unity' campaign conference

Washington Post Editors

Candidates in Tuesday's Democratic primary gathered at Judiciary Square for a "unity" news conference pulled together by the local committee.

Mayoral candidates Vincent C. Gray, Ernest Johnson, Sulaimon Brown and Leo Alexander all attended, but Fenty, who campaigned at the downtown government building earlier, did not join them.

Sean Madigan, a spokesman for Fenty, said the mayor was "focused on his own campaign."

Gray, D.C. Council chairman and Fenty's chief rival, used the event to promote his campaign, as did the other candidates.

Candidates for other offices, such as council chairman, delegate and ward council seats, also addressed the crowd.

By Nikita Stewart  |  September 13, 2010; 12:35 PM ET
Categories:  2010 District Election , Nikita Stewart  
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Fenty doesnt know how to be a PART of anything. If he aint running the "show" then he aint running!

"Concentrating on his own" are the key words in this article. That's exactly what he has been doing for 4 years. Excluding everyone elses issues to concentrate on his own matters. Thats why when he looked up (got off the bike, got out the pool and took off his jogging outfit), it was such a SHOCK to him to learn that people have not been happy with his "record" for 3.5 years...

So much for running a thousand miles per hour. See where it gets you? Out in the middle of no where with no GPS, cant even find the nearest town... YOUR LOST!!!

He cant help it. Its just his way. Lol

Posted by: tformation1 | September 13, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Of course Fenty is "concentrating on his own"; as he should be. "His own" in this case is his agenda of securing four more years of bringing results to the District of Columbia. When Tony Williams was in office...there was progress. It was downtown buildings and baseball stadiums though. Under Fenty's leadership the progress has been new rec center, libraries, grocery stores in under served areas, and more that has benefited the constituency directly. These are all improvements many have long asked for. But because the man may not be the friendliest person...many want to throw him under the bus? What the heck is that? May of the constituents east of the river do not understand what is at play here. At play is style over substance. I strongly encourage the constituency to focus on whats important...results! A vote for Grey is a vote to return the District of Columbia to the lack of services and results it once was.

Posted by: dc_concerned_citizen | September 13, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

A vote for Gray (not Grey) is not to return the District of Columbia to "the lack of services and results it once was". Not calling you a moron, but that is a moronic statement.

The District of Columbia is where Gray was born and raised, attended college, and devoted his entire working career. He has a great deal more at stake than you give him credit. There is not a candidate running for office, at any level, that wants to take the city backwards.

However, since you went there, on Anthony Williams coat tails is still where Adrian Fenty stands. Fenty is good at writing checks. The majority of those "accomplishments" (new rec center, libraries, grocery stores) you attribute to Fenty were already under contract when Anthony Williams left office. Add to that a billion dollar surplus and a billion dollars set aside for DCPS restoration. Fenty has mastered the craft of cutting ribbons. In fact, while a councilman it was Adrian Fenty that fought Mayor Williams every step of the way while he was trying to broker the deals to get those "accomplishments" through the Council. He was an antagonistic barrier to progress.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | September 13, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

If Fenty is as wise as his supporters claim, then he would spend these last moments working on worthwhile projects for the city. Thank goodness he will not be re-elected. I was encouraged to see and talk with so many, from all corners of the city, that are sick of him. There is absolutely no way he can win. He should focus on his next career move outside of DC..he is done in this city.

Posted by: revots | September 13, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

dc_concerned_citizen wrote:
But because the man may not be the friendliest person...many want to throw him under the bus?

I don't know if it is ME who isn't communicating MY issue or maybe it's the other 400,000 democrats who aren't properly communicating what their issue is. Or maybe, FENTY EL AT just REFUSE to listen to what ANYONE in this city has been saying for FOUR WHOLE YEARS!!!

I am not voting AGAINST Fenty because I dont "like" him. I dont know him to like or dislike him. I am voting against him because of the way in which he has run this Government. In a dirty, underhanded way.

Do you know that he has used up almost ALL of the money we had saved for emergencies?

Do you know that he tells you look at what he did and when you say Wow, how did you afford that? his answer is none of your business or dont worry about it?

Thats what teenage drug dealers tell their moms when they all of a sudden come up with money to pay the cable bill, or buy clothes, or cars, or new furniture. Some mothers cut the cable off, will not accept the dirty money no matter how badly they need it. and some mother turn a blind eye and drive the cars and go shopping with the money, thus ENCOURAGING the child to continue bad habbits.

Do you know he has violated the fair labor standard act?

Do you realize that while you are being wooed by the glamour, our bank accounts are on empty? Do you care?

You can say it is because we are in a recession but YOU HAVE SEEN NO PROOF. I know this because Fenty has refused to turn over ANY documents related to the accounts so I doubt it if you are one of the chosen few who have seen them.

In some cases (10 million dollars) Fenty has admitted that he doesnt even HAVE any records relating to the money or how it was spent and he doesnt NEED any. Are you serious? 10 MILLION DOLLARS?

Yes he is arrogant but its not the arrogance that has people voting against him. Its what being arrogant has made him think he can justify doing that has people voting against him.

Like saying Moten doesnt NEED to show proper paperwork detailing how he is spending Govt money.

Like being told by an arbitrator to give improperly terminated employeeS their jobs back and saying no, thats just the court lawyers opinion, I am a lawyer and I have a different opinion. Thus opening the citizens up to numerous lawsuits that we will be paying for years to come.

Like being caught allowing his friend to drive a govt vehicle and saying it is legal if I say it is. Who gets caught breaking the law and is ARROGANT enough to give that answer when busted? Adrian Fenty.

Like refusing to answer ANY FOIA request until after being taken to court and being ordered to. And then half the time the records turn up "lost". Sure....

He hasnt exercised "BEST PRACTICES" since day one so it is time for him to go. It's that simple!

Posted by: tformation1 | September 13, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

This would have been a story if he had joined. Oh well promises promises

Posted by: thelildiva4u | September 13, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully, the Peaceoholics will be deployed to all polling stations in wards 7 & 8 to reminds voters that felons are not entitled to vote and to caution welfare mothers that the $10 gift cards received from Cora Masters Barry may be construed as a bribe.

Posted by: wagtdn | September 13, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

@wagtdn. Obviously you are a product of Fenty's self-serving arrogance. Who in the world do you think you are to insult the constituents of wards 7 & 8 referring to them as felons and welfare mothers? I mean really? What have you ever done to make a difference to anyone in any community anywhere? Please inform me and the blogging community of your efforts to make DC a better city for all because we have a right to know.

Posted by: PrimaDiva | September 13, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

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