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Fenty huddles up for final push

Washington Post Editors

Fentyrallyp.jpg(Tim Craig/Post)

It's well known that Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, who completed a triathlon Sunday morning, is a jock.

But he also takes his passion for sports to the campaign trail.

To rally paid campaign workers and volunteers, Fenty organizes football-style huddles.

Fenty crouches in the middle of the group and yells chants, which are usually hard for those not in the circle to understand.

While Fenty chants, his supporters and volunteers often raise their hands in the air.

D.C. Wire first noticed the huddles at the Ward 6 Democratic Committee straw poll, where Fenty held two within 15 minutes to cheer up staff after he debated rival Vincent C. Gray.

The mayor also had campaign workers huddle around him Saturday at an event downtown before they canvassed city neighborhoods. D.C. Wire took a photograph.

On Sunday, Fenty and some campaign staffers held another huddle on 18th Street NW during the Adams Morgan Day festival.

The gatherings usually ended with the phrase, "one, two, three, Fenty."

--Tim Craig

By Washington Post Editors  |  September 12, 2010; 3:39 PM ET
Categories:  2010 District Election  
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King Fenty, please disappear from the public once you lose the election. Most D.C. voters, especially blacks hate or dislike you for the type of person you became. I think, we really saw the real King Fenty for who he really is. If I knew what I know now 10 years ago, I would have never supported King Fenty during his run against former Ward 4 D.C. Charlene Drew Jarvis.

The current Ward 4 D.C. Councilmember Muriel Bowser will be next. Bowser has served King Fenty and not the voters in Ward 4. She too will be fired in 2012. Good riddance to her and King Fenty. Maybe they can go work in New York City for Mayor Michael Bloomberg and NYC Rev. Floyd "FLAKE".

Posted by: Ward4DC | September 12, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

That story is actually kinda creepy. He's really a severe narcissist.

Posted by: UrbanDweller | September 12, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Creepy is right, UrbanDweller! I've seen these huddles and it reminds me more of a cult than a campaign team. The only variance is that a cult usually takes all your money when you join; whereas, the baby-fenty cult gives you money to get you to join.

Posted by: bob_dylan_rocks | September 12, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Wow! Bye Fenty..

Posted by: drfields | September 12, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

bob_dylan_rocks.... it depends what time of year it is. Lol... during election time, they pass out money to expand the club... the three other years you have to pay to play with them.

It doesnt matter though because after Tuesday, the membership will be down to 2. All former members will be singing lie jailbirds telling all the dirty stuff he made them do.

Posted by: tformation1 | September 12, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

The Fenty campaign uses huddles! Such incredible insight and depth of reporting in this important piece of journalism. How do you do it?

Posted by: reader2501 | September 12, 2010 10:42 PM | Report abuse

Wow, this article reads like a second grader wrote it. I am seriously in shock.

Posted by: LoveTheCapitol | September 12, 2010 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Yes, this article does deserve a pulitzer. I cant wait to nominate it.

But seriously, creepy? Please. The only thing creepy is the way Vincent Gray looks. Come on now, you alll know he has a different look then everyone else you may ever know in your lives. He has that damn, what the (beep) is that look.

Now thats creepy.

Posted by: DCMoney1 | September 13, 2010 1:11 AM | Report abuse

All of us have witnessed the progress the has been made in 1) improving public schools, 2) increasing public safety, and 3) enhancing city services over the last 4 years. No one has disputed this progress - not even the Mayor's challenger. Every DC resident benefits from better educated youth, safer streets and more responsive government services. And you would benefit to have this progress continue for 4 more years by voting for Mayor Fenty.

Personally, I have had the chance to interact with Adrian Fenty. From those experiences, I can attest to his sincerity in wanting all DC children and families to reach their full potential by having the same opportunities as his own children and family.

In any job you have, you want to be judged on your performance and the quality of your work. You desire that the substance of your work product be held in higher regard than flaws in your personality. I ask that you consider the job of Mayor in the same manner. Your vote for Mayor Fenty is a choice to promote performance, which leads to positive outcomes, as the true standard for elections.


[1] Data-based analysis on enhanced city services:
"We see substantial improvement in average response times. In 2000, it was taking the District upwards of 40 days to respond. By 2009, that figure was down to 11 on average." (excerpt from A Colorful Race)

[2] Endorsements for Mayor Fenty from the Washington Examiner and Washington City Paper:

(a) "As a result, there is a disconnect between what Fenty has done and how he is perceived. But on matters of substance, which will determine whether Washington becomes a truly livable place for residents of all races and in all wards, Fenty has a decidedly positive track record. Under Mayor Fenty, Washington suddenly has a palpable sense that the city’s major institutions and neighborhoods are finally moving in the right direction. People haven't felt this way for decades." (excerpt from Washington Examiner Endorsement)

(b) "Making nice with the old guard, alas, is a key Gray [Mayoral challenger] tactic. He hasn’t argued that Fenty is a failure—to the contrary, he makes Fenty’s case by failing to criticize the mayor on substantive policy grounds. When we asked Gray to name three Fenty policies he’d overturn, he struggled to come up with one, dinging Fenty (politely) for giving short shrift to the University of the District of Columbia in his education efforts." (excerpt from Washington City Paper Endorsement)

Posted by: jmc39 | September 13, 2010 7:15 AM | Report abuse

The improvements in neighborhoods, schools, and in some city services, were desperately needed. There is no question about it.
When flaw's in Fenty's personality are mentioned, it is because people see he is not genuine.
Take for instance a Yes grocery store that recently opened up in Ward 8, that Fenty proudly touts as such an accomplishment. It is an accomplishment for the people who can afford to shop there, which are not Ward 8 folks.
The plan is to move them out, and bring in upper income people, and we all know who that is. This is happening in different ways all over the city.

We want a Major we can trust to do the right thing for its citizens, not one who puts up a front by showing and telling you what you want to hear, but at the same time twisting that knife in your back ever so slowly....

Posted by: WhisperingWind1 | September 13, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

jmc39, or should I say Anita Dunn,

You are a day late and a dollar short. Your PR propaganda is worthless on this blog!

You say, "Fenty has a decidedly positive track record" and I must agree, but a positive track records that ONLY benefited the city’s more affluent and their DOGS. Case in point:

On 2/22/09, The Examiner asked, “Dogs or Daycare in DC” and questioned the Fenty’s administration priority to make dogs its prime interest above day care centers. While cutting daycares in 2009, Dept of Parks & Rec (DPR) planned to spend as much as $350,000 on the development of a dog park at Newark and 39th streets NW.

In 2009, the dog park designed included an “artificial dog turf,” which alone would cost $150,000. A Ward 3 resident told the Examiner, “under the Obama stimulus plan, ordinary human beings will only get $400 each. But if you are a dog in McLean Gardens, the [DPR] is about to lavish over $1,000 on each of you.”

Saturday, ON 9/11, this self-centered Mayor personally opened the Newark Street Dog Park instead of participating in an event that paid homage to the ones that lost their lives in 9/11.

The Newark St Dog Park is a 10,000-square-foot boutique dog park that cost taxpayers $400,000. The Newark Street Dog Park was $50,000 over budgeted.

In 2009, Fenty closed DPR's daycare ctrs in Wards 6, 7 & 8 and fired 160 daycare workers in due to “so-called” budget constraints, but Fenty found money to lavish $1000 a piece on McLean Gardens’ dogs.

Fenty’s disdain for the city’s low-income residents should be unacceptable to every resident in the city.

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


You are absolutely correct !

Posted by: dcnatives | September 13, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

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