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WTOP reporting that Fenty wants Obama's help

Tim Craig

WTOP radio is reporting that Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) has reached out to President Obama to try to get him to endorse his beleaguered campaign for reelection.

The station reported that Fenty "personally called the White House to ask President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama to endorse him in the Democratic primary," according to the story on the station's Web site.

Fenty told WTOP's Mark Segraves he hopes for an endorsement he can use in his campaign material, but doesn't expect the president would campaign for him.

Sean Madigan, a Fenty spokesman, told D.C. Wire he's checking into the report.

In 2007, Fenty become one of the earliest elected officials in the country to endorse Obama in the presidential race.

Obama, however, has so far shown little interest in the mayor's race. Most observers say it would be highly unusual for the president to wade into a contested Democratic primary for a local office.

By admitting to WTOP he reached out to the president, Fenty runs the risk of appearing desperate with just five days to go until the primary.

--Tim Craig

By Tim Craig  |  September 8, 2010; 1:30 PM ET
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Fenty knows that he is loosing. Desperate as desperate can be. See you!!

Posted by: samvped205 | September 8, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Uh, huh...

What this tells me is that Adrian Fenty's handlers and campaign managers aren't doing their job. If this is something you're going to ask, you don't reveal it when you're asking -- you ONLY tell people when it is a done deal.

Posted by: shepDC | September 8, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

ShepDC: What do you think the problem is?

Is Fenty running scare?

Posted by: samvped205 | September 8, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

No, that isn't it. He just isn't politically adept enough to know when to keep his mouth shut.

Very typical Adrian Fenty... He knows better and won't listen to real professionals in their field of expertise.

Posted by: shepDC | September 8, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

"By admitting to WTOP he reached out to the president, Fenty runs the risk of appearing desperate...".
There's nothing about appearing desperate. He IS desperate! Give it up Fenty.

Posted by: UrbanDweller | September 8, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Why would Obama want to be tied to Fenty's corrupt administration?

Posted by: emcglaughlin | September 8, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Excuse me but why in h*ll would I care if the Mayor of New York and the President endose Fenty? Neither lives here (OK the President does live in DC but he doesn't interact with it). Believe it or not I'm capable of making up my own mind.

Posted by: Jimof1913 | September 8, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Channel 4 ( reported this evening that Fenty's campaign promised some young voters jobs if they'd early vote for him. When they called his campaign HQ to inquire about their jobs after voting, they were blown off. No wonder he recently vetoed the council's legislation that was designed to prohibit such vote-buying tactics.

Is there no depth this fool will sink to to get re-elected?!

Posted by: shame_the_devil | September 8, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Be gone Satan aka King Fenty. The citizenry want to see you banished from your kingdom and never to be seen again.

Posted by: Ward4DC | September 8, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Wow! If it's true that Fenty and anyone in his campaign made promises to pay or give voters job. This needs to be investigated! That shouldn't be the Democratic process, this is setting a poor example for young voters. What message are we sending.

Posted by: drfields | September 8, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

President Obama needs to run this country, deal with healthcare reform, balance the budget, foreclosure, unemployment; you think he really have time for this local election? Let the people decide.

Posted by: drfields | September 8, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Why would the President endorse either candidate in a local campaign? First of all, he has far more important issues to deal with.

Has a sitting President, running for re-election ever used D.C. as their polling place? Think about -- Bush went back to Texas on election day and the Clintons went back to their home in New York on election day. Obama will go back to Chicago and vote in his hometown on election day 2012.

Yes, Fenty is desperate and has taken his "quid pro quo" attitude too far. (That may be one of the reasons why he lost Mary Cheh's endorsement.)

Obama should not be expected to endorse Fenty simply because Fenty endorsed Obama in 2008. Let's hope Obama does not return Fenty's phone call. Besides, even an Obama endorsement would not help.

Posted by: sheridaw | September 8, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Fenty is beyond desperate, he's dangerous ! Fenty is now showing that he will do anything to try to hold on to his job ! Sorry, dude the people of the District ain't having it ! He's outta there !

Posted by: ellislawoffice | September 8, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

What is this desperation to the nth degree, arrogance or just plain stupidity? Get a grip Fenty. Where did you get the idea that it is appropriate to ask for an endorsement from the President? Who has made you believe that you are that high on food chain? Baby you are losing and you need to get used to that.

How would it look for the president to endorse a candidate for mayor between two democrats? What on earth are you thinking? One more thing! Don't forget that when it was time to cast the votes at the democratic convention for DC, that was one of your major "NO-SHOWS". You were out in Colorado wasting our tax dollars riding a bike instead of representing the city. Get over yourself!! You are done. I'll be glad when this is over. I'm so tired of the green.

Posted by: candycane1 | September 8, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

The rumors are running rampant that the Fenty camp is paying young voters in Ward 8...up to $100. I saw the Board of Elections is supposed to open an investigation into it b/c apparently one of these young voters was telling others he was paid and that has raised some red flags. Not good. We need to have a fair election...

Posted by: DCJUSTICE | September 8, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

@candycane1 -- thanks for the reminder about the Democratic Convention. Yet another time that Adrian Fenty "couldn't make it work".

Posted by: sheridaw | September 8, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Correction to my earlier post. The story of vote-buying was telecast on ABC7

Posted by: shame_the_devil | September 8, 2010 10:33 PM | Report abuse

WOW Candycane... ditto on the thanks. Theres so much going on here in DC that I forgot all about the DNC.

ShepDC... the best handlers/advisors in the world cant do anything with him... you hit the nail on the head when you said it....
Very typical Adrian Fenty... He knows better and won't listen to real professionals in their field of expertise.

And Candycane again... you took the words right out of my mouth....
Where did you get the idea that it is appropriate to ask for an endorsement from the President? Who has made you believe that you are that high on food chain? Baby you are losing and you need to get used to that.

My girl!!!

Posted by: tformation1 | September 8, 2010 10:43 PM | Report abuse

The telephone number for the White House Comments Line is 202-456-1111. Eventually you can speak with a live person, if you wish. I let the volunteer know I supported President Obama in both the primary and general election when he ran for office. I then let the volunteer know that baby-fenty is a nasty, corrupt, egomaniac bully; and that President Obama should not endorse baby-fenty, because baby-fenty is going to lose. I cautioned the volunteer that the President won't want the press next week saying that the President had endorsed another loser.

Posted by: bob_dylan_rocks | September 9, 2010 1:38 AM | Report abuse


I agree with you 100%! Obama’s endorsement of Fenty would be a feast for the Tea Party, Beck and the other haters.

I know Michelle told him, “you better not! I was at Anacostia High School and the people hate Fenty soooo much they booed him off the stage”

Fenty has too much junk in his trunk for any politician outside of DC to endorse him—- well, except the billionaire Bloomberg who can buy his NY votes.

Posted by: GoldCoast | September 10, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Such a weasel!

Posted by: PrimaDiva | September 13, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse

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