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Washington Examiner endorses Fenty

Tim Craig

The editorial board of the Washington Examiner has endorsed Adrian M. Fenty's reelection, saying the city is "moving in the right direction" under his leadership.

In the editorial, which will be published Tuesday but was released online Monday night, the Examiner said they favor Fenty over D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray because student scores have risen, homicides have dropped, city services have improved, neighborhoods have been revitalized and city finances have stabilized during the past four years.

"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," the editorial states. "Under Mayor Fenty, Washington suddenly has a palpable sense that the city's major institutions and neighborhoods are finally moving in the right direction."

The board, which leans to the right, calls Gray a "likable, reassuring campaigner" and a "capable public servant."

"We don't fear disaster if he wins," the editorial states. "But we are aware of no compelling reason to elect him. Moreover, there is no reason to fix what is not broken in the areas of crime, fiscal management, city services and economic development. Most importantly, in education, there is no need to break what is finally being fixed after all these years."

In one passage that could prove uncomfortable for the Gray campaign, the board said Gray "raised the specter" in an interview that the city was building "dog parks for yuppies at the expense of playgrounds for black children."

By Tim Craig  |  September 6, 2010; 6:31 PM ET
Categories:  2010 District Election , Mayor Fenty , Vincent C. Gray , vincent gray  
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Gray... not for transparency

He isn't building playgrounds for kids.. he is building cash holes for his buddies.

Posted by: Jack52 | September 6, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

“We Believe in Mayor Fenty” – Please check out the videos that we have created in support of the Mayor. It shows a Ward 6 mother supporting Mayor Fenty, a Ward 3 mother, and a small Latino business, La Morenita, expressing their strong support.

We also created a poster for each Ward, where you can print, post and show your friends that the Mayor Believes in the District.

Twitter: @WeBelieveFENTY

Vote FENTY – September 14, 2010!

Posted by: davidgdo | September 6, 2010 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Gray wins on the issue of open government and transparency hands down. The article that is cited in the comments doesn’t bother to mention the Fenty administration’s record of denying more public information requests than any Mayor in history. In terms of the timing of responses, it takes less time to deny a request than it does to respond to one.

The Mayor has withheld public information from the citizens of the District of Columbia, he has withheld contracts from the Council, he has withheld witnesses from the Council, and he has withheld public financial information from the D.C. Auditor.

The Fenty administration's lack of transparency forced the D.C. Auditor to take the Fenty administration to court.

The Mayor proposed deleting most D.C. government emails 6 months after their creation until the public and Council objected.

Our government model is built upon public participation, including public hearings, and public meetings, based on the theory that in a democracy, the more people that are involved the better the result. Where public information is withheld and doled out selectively, the quality of life suffers for everyone.

Posted by: brelevant | September 6, 2010 11:34 PM | Report abuse

How can the Washington Post endorse someone who has presided over corruption unheard of even during the Barry years? Barry was never accused of awarding millions worth of contracts to his frat brothers without Council oversight! How about spending millions on dog parks for rich people while raising the property taxes of low-income home owners? I can't wait to press the level for Mr. Gray. Fenty, you're fired!

Posted by: dcpsychic | September 7, 2010 12:39 AM | Report abuse

Money buys strange endorsements these days.

Posted by: starclimber9 | September 7, 2010 1:03 AM | Report abuse

Gray is running a campaign of hate Fenty vote for me. That way Gray does not have to say what he will do about the schools, taxes, police, or anything in the city. Fenty has done more in this city in four years than any mayor we have ever had. Gray runs his campaign of hate and says he is for a united city? Gray will not move this city forward.

Posted by: voter20 | September 7, 2010 7:04 AM | Report abuse

@voter20 said "Fenty has done more in this city in four years than any mayor we have ever had" PLEASE!

So you mean to tell me that he had done more in four years then what Williams did in 8?

Posted by: thelildiva4u | September 7, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: voter20 | September 7, 2010 7:04 AM
Gray is running a campaign of hate Fenty vote for me.

Welcome to the world of politics. No one ever wins by not being the anti-incumbent.

Posted by: dcis1 | September 7, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Well, since the Examiner is a Republican leaning paper, this shouldn't come as a surprise.

Posted by: DadofTwins | September 7, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Who cares what this conservative, racist, newsprint version of Rush Limbaugh has to say about politics in DC?

Posted by: PepperDr | September 10, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

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