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Fenty confirms Oberlin talks, downplays write-in campaign

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty confirmed that he is in talks with alma mater Oberlin College to teach political science there in the future. Asked why he would want to do so, Fenty laughed and asked, "Besides that it's the greatest school?"

More seriously, Fenty said it's still premature to talk about his future, a month after his loss in the Democratic primary to Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray. But he said he is on the hunt for a job. "I'm literally exploring everything," he said in an interview after he shared the stage at the Mayflower Hotel with Gray, schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee and her interim replacement, Kaya Henderson.

The mayor also fielded questions about the write-in campaign being led by a handful of his supporters and former campaign staff. Fenty downplayed the write-in campaign and said he will not declare himself as a write-in candidate. But he coyly answered a question about whether he would accept a write-in nomination if enough votes are cast for him. He repeatedly said he is backing Gray. "I committed to support the Democratic nominee," Fenty said. "I think Vincent Gray will be a great mayor."

He later said, "Vincent Gray will be mayor. ... If he needs me, I'll be there."

Fenty said department directors are currently preparing briefings for a future Gray administration.

By Washington Post Editors  | October 13, 2010; 11:57 AM ET
Categories:  Education, Kaya Henderson, Mayor Fenty, Michelle A. Rhee, Nikita Stewart, Vincent C. Gray  
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For many reasons, I will write - in Fenty.

Posted by: pdv1 | October 13, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Yea, I think Fenty should become a DCPS teacher in far southeast.

pdv1 Of course you will write-in Fenty and no one will be surprised. Smart move.

LOL

Posted by: guylady201001 | October 13, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Adrian Fenty is barely literate and was well known to be a mediocre student. Fenty certainly is not academic material.

Posted by: SCOTTSCHMIDTT | October 13, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

I wonder what Fenty's grades were like at HOward University Law School? The man is an idiot and he's not a good Attorney. It's alleged, King Fenty isn't a member of the D.C. bar.

Posted by: Ward4DC | October 14, 2010 2:11 AM | Report abuse

I am Writing IN Fenty. Man, Gray is just some of the old guard that we have been trying to escape for soooo long. Let's really say goodbye to the Frank Smith's, Sharon Pratt's, sorry and I love you Mayor, the Barrys all have to let a new era move forward, not stepping backwards to Gray, we've come to far with Anthony Wms and Fenty....forward MARCH!

Posted by: Fred23 | October 14, 2010 6:30 AM | Report abuse

I am Writing IN Fenty. Man, Gray is just some of the old guard that we have been trying to escape for soooo long. Let's really say goodbye to the Frank Smith's, Sharon Pratt's, sorry and I love you Mayor, the Barrys all have to let a new era move forward, not stepping backwards to Gray, we've come to far with Anthony Wms and Fenty....forward MARCH!

Posted by: Fred23 | October 14, 2010 6:30 AM | Report abuse

I am writing-in Fenty, the best choice for the District.

Posted by: voter20 | October 14, 2010 8:44 AM | Report abuse

Fenty will need to change his personality if he goes to Oberlin.The profs there are supposed to pride themselves on how well they get along with the other faculty and the students.....should be interesting!!

Posted by: 10bestfan | October 14, 2010 9:08 AM | Report abuse

You all are still talking about this write-in foolishness, but you should be worried about keeping AF out of jail... Skinner and Karim will probably already be there when he arrives..

Posted by: BILLJA | October 14, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Also, most people don't realize Gray has only been in politics since 2004, after he won the Ward 7 election to replace Kevin Chavous. He's been in there less time than Fenty has been, who has been there since 2000 when he beat Charlene Drew Jarvis.

So, what old guard are you talking about? He's an elder statesman, that's all I see. He headed up a DC government agency back in the 1990s (like every other agency head like DCRA, DDOT, MPD--none of whom run the city, just an agency). And then he left to work in the nonprofit world. If anything, he's more of a nonprofit person as far as I see. He took a break, and got fresh new ideas.

So what old guard you keep trying to scare us with? He's the new guard in comparison to Fenty. That's a waste of a vote to write in Fenty's name.

Posted by: TheDCWriter | October 14, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

The incompetent mayor, who has "never" taught is now going to attempt to educate the next group of lawyer hopefuls? Well if his experience and knowledge regarding "effective" teaching doesn't work out, then he should try "grave digging". He did that very well for himself.

Posted by: candycane1 | October 14, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

I am writing in Fenty!

Posted by: tbranen | October 14, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

LOL @ Candycane1.

Posted by: PepperDr | October 14, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

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