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Fenty gets praise on 'Real Time with Bill Maher'

By Terri Rupar

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty continued his reinvention tour with a stop at HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher," getting praise from Maher and his panel for charging ahead with education reform at the expense of his political career.

Fenty told Maher and guests that "maybe people weren't ready for change that fast."

Fenty blamed his loss on his school takeover and the economy, lumping his situation with the national elections that pushed Democrats out of office. "This is an election where incumbents had to be wary," Fenty said.

Maher credited him with the city's new gay marriage law, too, to which Fenty responded with a list of accomplishments or efforts that included gang prevention. The quick conversation change spurred Maher to ask how they went from gay marriage to gangs.

But D.C. Wire digresses. Fenty's appearance, which had no mentions of local concerns about parking meter rates and contracts to fraternity brothers and a missed meeting with civil rights icons, continues to place the outgoing mayor in a position to take a national platform on school reform.

CNN's Fareed Zakaria, one of the guest panelists, chimed in that Fenty has a promising future, starting with getting his rump kissed by Maher. "You do big things, you serve one term. It's not the worst thing in the world," Zakaria said.

--Nikita Stewart

By Terri Rupar  | November 5, 2010; 11:37 PM ET
 
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I just finished watching King Fenty on HBO. He looked or seemed out of place as I watched this show. I agree, he didn't talk about his vindictive nasty behavior towards many of his constituents, his dealings with his Frat. brothers, dissing the late 98 year old black civil rights legend, Dororthy Irene Height.

King Fenty aka the Movie Star is trying to make a name for himself on the national level. People will realize, the man isn't that smart. I wonder what his grades were like at Howard Law School and why did he choose to attend a mostly black Law School? Was it because, King Fenty couldn't get into Harvard, Columbia, Yale, Duke, or Georgetown Universities Law Schools?

Good riddance to this dictator and fool. Maybe he can move to South America and live with the socialist fool President Chavez.

Posted by: Ward4DC | November 6, 2010 12:24 AM | Report abuse

Yes, and nothing about running a terribly closed government and refusing to respond to the residents of DC. How insulting to the people of this city. How can anyone take Maher seriously?

Posted by: mjvdc | November 6, 2010 2:23 AM | Report abuse

It is highly unlikely that King Fenty would succeed on the national landscape as some kind of expert on "education reform" when he was not even up to the task of appearing in a debate on education against Vince Gray.

I suppose he could have had Rhee represent him at the debate, but we all know that she was not on the ballot...officially, anyways. He couldn't even had asked Reinoso to stand in for him, because the latter was missing in action during Fenty's entire administration.

Fenty gaining kudos for "doing great things?!!" Some folks in this country pride themselves on remaining so ill-informed. What a joke!

Posted by: vscribe | November 6, 2010 5:58 AM | Report abuse

Its amazing that Washington DC would re-elect a crackhead as a the Mayor but kick out Fenty for not being "black enough". DC should has never displayed the aptitude to become a state. It should become a city in the state of Maryland if the federal government could pay MD enough to take it.

What a joke.

Posted by: newcap | November 6, 2010 6:19 AM | Report abuse

Good riddance to this dictator and fool. Maybe he can move to Venezuela, South America and live with the socialist dictator President Hugo Chavez. King Fenty should feel at home with Hugo. If there is a place down under, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty deserves to go there.

Posted by: Ward4DC | November 6, 2010 8:17 AM | Report abuse

To Newcap: I don't think Mayor Fenty ever saw himself as a black man. He seemed to prefer whites by pandering to them to get acceptance from whites in America. It's called having a slave mentality.

U.S. Democratic Senator Harry Reid was correct by saying whites in America feel more comfortable around light skin articulate Negroes. Remember Adrian Fenty's mother is a white woman.

Posted by: Ward4DC | November 6, 2010 8:21 AM | Report abuse

Ward4dc:

Howard law school is a great institution with a storied record. I'm not fentys biggest fan, but his law school choice is a non-issue and he is obviously as gifted as anybody. He just mis-used it.

Posted by: orbitcv | November 6, 2010 8:24 AM | Report abuse

Rather King Fenty than Court Jester Gray.

Not a week into the job and Gray's already demonstrated that it's not "corruption" that was the problem with Fenty, it's that the corruption didn't benefit the established DC political folks.

I welcome Jason Chaffetz's oversight and encourage him to dig into the 30 years of HHS contracts that waste money without providing resident services.

Down with the DC "machine".

Posted by: FormerMCPSStudent | November 6, 2010 8:31 AM | Report abuse

It's funny how bad the people of DC look when they question the effectiveness of Fenty.

Posted by: FormerMCPSStudent | November 6, 2010 8:33 AM | Report abuse

ward4dc: Are you serious? Howard Law has produced some excellent lawyers, a supreme court justice, and the first Black governor since reconstruction among others I might add. I am a Howard Alumni (not law), and I didn't chose to get my Master's there because I couldn't go elsewhere.

Fenty sucked at relating to real people when it mattered, sucked at sharing power, and has an inordinately sized ego fueled by surrounding himself with yes people. This has nothing to do with HU. Imagine if we started judging Yale by the fact that Bush graduated.

Posted by: keirreva | November 6, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

It's funny how bad the people of DC look when they question the effectiveness of Fenty.

Posted by: FormerMCPSStudent | November 6, 2010 8:33 AM | Report abuse

Not exactly, actually Fenty looks bad when he forgets that a big part of the job of being a politician is to relate to the people. In a representative democracy, the perception the people hold of you, fair or unfair is most important. Ask Pres Obama. How could someone as ineffective George Bush get two full terms, yet Obama's power and influence are shrinking daily, as his initiatives are actually starting to work.

Successful politicians have to do BOTH, be effective and relate to people. The closest thing we've had in recent years is Bill Clinton, hate him or not.

Posted by: keirreva | November 6, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Ward4dc: How about getting over the white and black issue and focusing on competence? We are all just American. DC should be a symbol of greatness and instead its an embarrassment.

Posted by: newcap | November 6, 2010 9:15 AM | Report abuse

It's funny how naive and uninformed people outside of DC look when they determine the effectiveness of Fenty based on slanted media reports.

Posted by: efavorite | November 6, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Oh come on now, it is hilarious to see people assert that Mayor Fenty did nothing or is not black. Howard University is a tier one university and has a rich background in providing leaders such as Toni Morrison, Thurgood Marshall, Phylicia Rashad, Adam Clayton Powell, Zora Neale Hurston, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Vernon Jordan, and Stokely Carmichael. Please stop presuming that the only law schools that produce quality lawyers are Harvard, Yale, etc. Howard Law graduates include: Thurgood Marshall, L. Douglass Wilder, Charlotte E. Ray, Emma Gillet, Vernon Jordan, and countless others......
Mayor Fenty is married to a black woman, pledged to a black fraternity, and indeed black. Why does it matter that his mother is white? Perhaps he needs to smoke crack, put DC Agencies into federal receivership, or go to jail to be identified as "black," or qualified huh? To the people who say he is dumb, well he did become one of the youngest Mayors ever and the first to win every precinct in a Mayoral race. It cracks me up when people say they don't like Fenty but they call him King Fenty, it is as if you are asserting a contradiction. People have the right to prefer the candidate of their choosing but don’t not assume that person is ignorant of the facts because they recognize Fenty’s achievements. If there was a comparative analysis of Fenty vs. Gray, there would not more than 10 notable contributions on Gray’s side, (fact check his DHS and City Council record.)
I certainly hope the first week of Gray's Mayor Elect is not how the next four years is going to be. Based on his 30 track record of public service, one can only pray for a miracle.

Posted by: Amanda_Broadnax | November 6, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

efavorite: Many of us are very informed. I live 8 miles out of DC and my 3 children attend public school and have received an amazing education. None of schools in DC are even in the same league nor would I allow my kids to attend them. This isn't a black or white issue. Its about competent citizenship.

Posted by: newcap | November 6, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Just a flood of half-ignorant comments...jeez

Posted by: goederta | November 6, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Let's see, you are an arrogant ass who pushed bad education policy and got thrown out of office so Bill Maher extols your virtues? Most comedians see that situation as bait. The dissonance in ed re-form continues.

And really, if you are a leader and you look back and see no one following you aren't you just a guy out for a walk? Nothing heroic about that...

Posted by: postmichael | November 6, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

fenty did not pander to the multitudes lined up at the trough-public employees, contractors and lobbyists, aid recipients, etc. so he could not join the crack head as a mult-term mayor. under gray, dc wil revert to its usual hand out mentality and slip further into the quagmire. thank goodness scholarships provided my wife and i a way out. we go back to see relatives, but would not consider moving back.

Posted by: george32 | November 6, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

And competent citizenship begins with unabridged representation. I'm glad your 3 children receive an amazing education in MoCo, newcap. Maybe if DC's tax dollars weren't sent to Congress for sequestration and allotment, we would have the means to give a "good enough" education to our children, and display the "aptitude" for statehood. Newcap, when you drive in from the suburbs every weekday morning to earn your upper-middle class income from an office inside the District of Columbia, do you ever stop to think that if you actually lived where you worked, the taxes on your income would improve the public services you're criticizing as being so inferior they justify our position as second-class Americans? No, you probably just complain about the traffic all you poor-driving Marylanders create in our fair city. Beware, if DC closed its doors to the suburbs, we who live in the city would be just fine. You and your neighbors would go through foreclosure because of the loss of income, but we would be just fine. I don't know what DC has to be embarrassed about, other than putting up with outsiders like you with such patience and restraint. DC as part of Maryland is an absurd suggestion. Why would you merge a city with so much culture into a wasteland of 21st century American self-righteousness? The Federal Government does not own this city, never has, and never will. It is not up to you, or anyone else who doesn't live here, to determine the nature of our belonging.

Posted by: smart-aleck | November 6, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

@newcap

"Its amazing that Washington DC would re-elect a crackhead as a the Mayor but kick out Fenty for not being "black enough". DC should has never displayed the aptitude to become a state. It should become a city in the state of Maryland if the federal government could pay MD enough to take it."

PLEASE don't do us in Maryland any favors.
We ALREADY have a large crime-ridden, dysfunctional city on our hands. It's called Baltimore.

Posted by: ceefer66 | November 6, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

So, with that Howard law degree Fenty set off on a career managing estates. And what does he do? He steals money from one to which he was assigned, not to return it until he was caught by the family of the deceased, reported to the District Bar Association, and was ultimately sanctioned for the deed. I believed they called it "incompetence". Look it up.

After failing as an attorney, he looked to politics, landing a job as the representative of Ward 4 on the D.C. Council. What did he do while there? Nothing. Not a single piece of legislation was passed under his authorship. He was as divisive then as he was as Mayor.

I recall a Mayor Anthony Williams saying that because he was being held accountable for all things wrong with public schools that he should be given authority over them so that he could do something about their poor management. What did the numskull from Ward 4 on the Council say? "The Mayor has no business in the affairs of pubic education". Then, supposedly from an epiphany moment, when elected Mayor, this was the first action taken by the hypocritical Fenty.

White people from Ward 3, upper caucasia, seem to think that a thieving and conniving Mayor who prostitutes our local tax dollars to enrich friends and cronies unqualified to run a lemonade stand is just fine so long as he keeps them in mind while spending the spoils.

However, those informed in the city took a different take and kicked boy wonder out of office, where he belongs.

Fenty represents the extreme liberal "shut up, we know whats best" attitude that is prevalent in the snotty parts of the city. That same attitude that landed democrats on the curb during the midterm elections. Truth is, you DON'T know what is best and everyone's opinion is just as important as yours. If you don't like it,go to hell with a gasoline jacket.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | November 6, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

@ward4dc you just lost all credibility in attacking Howard University Law School.

Posted by: lacy41 | November 6, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

I'm white and Fenty did not ever pander to me. So there, your stupid racist claims can be thrown out.

Posted by: nmoses | November 6, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

"White people from Ward 3, upper caucasia, seem to think that a thieving and conniving Mayor who prostitutes our local tax dollars to enrich friends and cronies unqualified to run a lemonade stand is just fine so long as he keeps them in mind while spending the spoils."

OK, so apart from MAYBE Mayor WIlliams, which mayor in the entire history of home rule does NOT fit this description?

(♫Jeopardy theme...♫)

Glass houses, my friend.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | November 6, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

No one is attacking Howard's Law School. I myself attended Howard undergraduate. My point, King Fenty was kissing whites behinds so much trying to be accepted by them. This is why I stated, why would his mulatto behind attend a mostly black Law School and pledge a Divine 9 black Greek organization? I bet to differ, Fenty's wife don't consider herself black. She have been quoted in the Post as saying, she's British because she was born in England.

Adrian pandering to white gentrifiers moving into D.C. and he kick his black supporters to the curb.

If there's a place in h&ll, I hope he goes there soon and he can take the rest of you racist crac&&&s with him.

Posted by: Ward4DC | November 6, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

newcap - You seem to be unaware that some DCPS schools have excellent reputations in terms of student success.

You are inadvertently insulting many caring, well-informed parents who have sent their children to DCPS and then on to excellent colleges.

Posted by: efavorite | November 6, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Dorothy who?

to this day I have no idea who this woman was, other than "a civil-rights legend".

some people need to get a grip

Posted by: chucklebuck | November 6, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Isn't it interesting that when Rhee and Fenty are on tv shows or panels, it's always with others who are friendly of their "reforms" and who are supportive of them? I'd like to see these two go up against some educated, informed, qualified opponents. Wouldn't it be great to see Michelle Rhee and Diane Ravitch in a real debate on education? Ravitch would rip Rhee apart and tear her to shreds. Their reforms and style of government are toxic and that's why they won't debate with others who disagree with them. Fenty couldn't even debate Gray on education which was his whole platform.

Posted by: UrbanDweller | November 6, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

You go Amanda....

Posted by: pdv1 | November 6, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

OH FENTY WAS A BLACK MAN ALRIGHT HE STOLE EVERYTHING THAT WASN'T LOCKED DOWN FROM THE TAX PAYERS.

Posted by: dropem95 | November 6, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Ward4DC-Are you serious? Michelle Fenty stated the obvious, that she is British. Now how does articulating what race you are?
Enlighten me as to how British is ascribed to being a racial category? I have never seen "British" as a race category. She is Jamaican, but I guess that is not black enough. Nevertheless, despite whatever you may say, the Adrian is black but even if he were blue, what the poppycock does it matter in terms of what he did for DC. Very few economic developments occurred east of the River from 2001-2007. Yet Mayor Fenty carried out plans from the Williams Administration ad implemented new ones. Just ask Matthews Memorial how instrumental he was in helping that project. For the first time in a long time, all wards experienced change.

Newcap-please don't sit all high and mighty on your MCPS affiliation. I went to MCPS, was a gifted and talented student in the 2nd grade and NOT all those schools are amazing. I definitely have more confidence in DCPS and the charter schools now than 4 years ago. Perhaps a better utilization of your time could be asking your elected officials to create more jobs in MD, and provide more comprehensive resources like homeless shelters and daycare vouchers. That way, MD residents can stop coming into DC to take advantage of DC Services and jobs. You remind me of this woman I knew, who lived in Silver Spring yet sent her daughter to Duke Ellington yet had the gall to look down on DC.

It is a well-known fact that DC was under federal receivership and some agencies are still under federal rule. Surprisingly, this occurred right around the time good ole, let’s just all get alone Gray was the director of DHS. Please the fines DC paid and the funding DC lost out on for simply not filling paperwork, well exceeded 40 million dollars. Hopefully history will not repeat itself but so far, with some of the recent transition team appointments and even considering people like Sharon Peck for City, we shall see.

Posted by: Amanda_Broadnax | November 6, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Is fenty and his going still under investigation after leaving office about the
crooked contract skims?Why do some rather live the Fenty lies.Could it be for there personal gain, by any means.

Posted by: cureton46 | November 6, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Is fenty and his buddies still under investigation after he leave office about the
crooked contract skims?Why do some rather live the Fenty lies.Could it be for there personal gain, by any means.

Posted by: cureton46 | November 6, 2010 10:24 PM | Report abuse

"Fenty's appearance, which had no mentions of local concerns about parking meter rates and contracts to fraternity brothers and a missed meeting with civil rights icons." Probably because, to normal, rational people, those things don't really matter that much. To normal, rational people, the substantive things Fenty accomplished are much more important. But then again, DC isn't populated by normal, rational people; at least 50% of its residents still believe in silly things like "The Plan."

Posted by: asuka1 | November 6, 2010 11:04 PM | Report abuse

The Washington Post like to censor people's comments for sharing their opinion on one of the worse mayors elected to office in the District.

Posted by: Ward4DC | November 6, 2010 11:27 PM | Report abuse

Dear Cureton:

Please see the Washington Post article about his "crooked contract skims". THe Washington Post by the way is the same place you are blogging.. and, you are living the lie if you truly believe that this city is not going to regress.
Please look at the Council that will also be running it with Vince Gray= Cheh, Barry, Thomas, and Brown.. what a stellar group.

Yes, personally I would rather live under this administration.

And, dropem95, Fenty stole nothing, he provided safer streets, good education, and better public services.

Posted by: pdv1 | November 6, 2010 11:31 PM | Report abuse

Amanda_Broadnax aka pdv1, I realize Michelle Fenty is of Jamaican ancestry, but she make's the point by saying she's British as if this make her better than being of the black race. You have many black Spanish speakers that refuse ot say they are black. They prefer to call themselves Hispanic/Latino. Hispanic is not a race, but the U.S consider Hispanics as being a race. Most of you Fenty trolls don't know him. I know this man and I remember when he didn't have a pot to p--- in. He came to me personally and asked for my support against the former Ward 4 Councilmember Charlene Drew-Jarvis. Myself and others in Ward 4 worked hard to get this man elected as our Ward 4 Councilmember. As the Ward 4 Councilmember, he was very responsive to constituent services. Over a time, I start seeing a change in Adrian, a change I didn't like.

There were more important issues for him to address besides education. More than half the population in Ward 4 are senior citizens and seniors living in other Wards. What did Fenty do or what legislation did he pass or introduce on the D.C. Council favoring seniors? There were many expensive Condo's built in the District, but very little affordable housing for senior citizens. The District has some of the highest rents in the United States. Many native and longtime retired Washingtonians can no longer afford to live in this city. Fenty was very insensitive to the issue of mental health. King Fenty closed the D.C. Department of Mental Health and privatized it. This has lead to being a disaster. The D.C. mental health system is still in receivership of the court.

To the Howard graduates out there, I apologize if I offended you, but I was trying to make a point. I wondered why King Fenty didn't apply to the predominately Harvard, Yale, Colombia, Duke, and Georgetown Law Schools. Mayor Fenty has made an attempt to be accepted by whites in America and in the District by pandering to them building their dog parks and bike lanes. The District was reported as having a $666 million deficit earlier in the year. Where did the money come from to build these dog parks and bike lanes?

Native Washingtonian
Howard University class of 1977
Georgetown University class of 1983


Posted by: Ward4DC | November 7, 2010 12:26 AM | Report abuse

They ran a stolen property sting during the worst recession ever recorded. More people out of work than ever and the police were playing like gangstas with taxpayer dollars and giving money to anyone who would begin stealing.

Posted by: blasmaic | November 7, 2010 12:44 AM | Report abuse


It is fantastic time to refinance home mortgage. As Clark Howard says it is very tough to find these low rates for long time. Search online for "123 Mortgage Refinance" they found me THE lowest possible rate.

Posted by: davidboner07 | November 7, 2010 1:33 AM | Report abuse

Wait People Wait!

What was fascinating to me about Fenty's appearance was that not once did Bill or Adrian mention that he got beat by another DEMOCRAT!

I do not know Vincent Gray but DC is still a very strong Demcratic stronghold and the reasons for Fenty's ouster were never even mentioned or explained on the show-

THAT's the real story!

Posted by: suec716 | November 7, 2010 7:11 AM | Report abuse

UrbanDweller
Isn't it interesting that when Rhee and Fenty are on tv shows or panels, it's always with others who are friendly of their "reforms" and who are supportive of them? I'd like to see these two go up against some educated, informed, qualified opponents. Wouldn't it be great to see Michelle Rhee and Diane Ravitch in a real debate on education? Ravitch would rip Rhee apart and tear her to shreds. Their reforms and style of government are toxic and that's why they won't debate with others who disagree with them. Fenty couldn't even debate Gray on education which was his whole platform.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
I totally agree with you. They never put these people with real people that know what education reform is or those that have really run cities. You can't always believe the media hype and that's what these 2 clowns are making their money off of false media hype. Hope they are banking all that money they are racking in off of the dummies because they are going to sure need it once the attention fades away. JMO

Posted by: msruby36 | November 7, 2010 7:14 AM | Report abuse

30% illiterate DC votes against its own interests by getting caught up with pettiness that amounts to nothing in the big picture. For education, Fenty got more done in ONE TERM than anybody before him. DC kids DON'T HAVE TIME for endless collaboration at the adult level.

It must be challenging and stressful trying to lead in DC, when the leaders with the knowledge are trying to cater to a population with large numbers of unemployed, uneducated and struggling, unable to get ahead as a result of the very same school system that our officials are trying to fix. Yeah, okay, come out against Rhee and protect a system that failed them (however defined)...

Posted by: anacostiaq | November 7, 2010 7:44 AM | Report abuse

@suec716: Your comment is spot on! Personally, I was surprised that Fenty was a guest in the first place. I was totally disapppointed that no one did their homework on Fenty and "all" the reasons for his ouster. I'm a Real Time fan and I was floored. Fenty's appearance didn't fit the show of democratic ousters. He was beaten by another democrat who declared his candidacy five months before the primary, with no money against Fenty's war chest and won! He won with volunteers against Fenty's paid campaign workers. That is the story and it's the one that needs to be told.

Posted by: candycane1 | November 7, 2010 8:04 AM | Report abuse

To Ward4dc..
FYI .. i am not amanda.. and i went to GW..
and I am so sorry you are so bitter about your life.

Case closed

Posted by: pdv1 | November 7, 2010 8:40 AM | Report abuse

Pdv1, I can assure you I'm not bitter, but you have kissed Adrian's behind enough to be bitter that the majority of voters dislike this jerk and didn't vote for him. Please crawl back under your bridge with the rest of the trolls.

Posted by: Ward4DC | November 7, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Maher did not mention all the myopic and corrupt decisions by Fenty. Fenty: I am so happy you got fired. For all those abusive parking tickets and the stupid traffic cameras.

Posted by: juanp | November 7, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

At first, I asked why would Maher even book Fenty on the show? Then after seeing a repeat of the show -- and the 4-7 minutes that Fenty actually spoke, I was pleased to see that he was given a national forum where he could display his lack of intelligence. I am sure people (from other parts of the country) who heard Fenty speak for the first time are wondering how he even got elected in the first place.

Fenty is tremendously inarticulate -- even when he has access to the Blackberry. Without the Blackberry he is completely unable to form a cohesive sentence. He can attempt to reinvent himself all he wants, but in the final analysis, he will prove to be an empty suit.

For his sake, he had better conduct his job search better than he conducted his re-election campaign.Let's not forget he really is on a job search--that's all this media tour is about. He has essentially been MIA with regard to his official mayor's schedule.


Posted by: sheridaw | November 7, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

The best thing that could happen to DC is if was incorporated into the State of Md. If DC was forced to operate as a MD city it would thrive. The city would have 20% of its current labor cost and MD has proved its successful in building top school districts. The idea that a city with demographics like DC should have this type burden of bureaucracy is a recipe for disaster.

Unfortunately the federal government could afford the cost MD citizen would demand.

Posted by: newcap | November 7, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Dear Ward4dc:

i just noticed that you are on about every blog there is in DC, again, warranting the statement that you are under the bridge, with nothing better to do.

All the best for the next 4 years, while you watch the city crumble under the leadership or lack therefore, of your idol, the unions, and the change in education reform, and police .

Posted by: pdv1 | November 8, 2010 8:36 AM | Report abuse

Fenty needs to remember what happened to Christine O'Donnell when she went on Maher's show.

Posted by: peterdc | November 8, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Gray need only remember that the days of wreckless spending in the District for the foreseeable future are over. Unfortunately, it is not by choice but by circumstance.

The luxury pet projects (street cars, bike lanes, dog parks, etc) created deficits that were filled using the city's emergency reserves. Thus, they were funded irresponsibly by the reserves.

No other local/state leader in the country inherited a 1.6 billion dollar reserve like Fenty did from the William's Administration.

Instead of frugal management of the capital budget, he went on a spending extravaganza during a recession. There is no reason that this city ever went into a deficit situation.

Nationwide voters have spoke. Cut the spending and get people back to work thereby less dependent on government services.

This is not an option, this was the mandate.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | November 8, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Fenty without his security blankie--MIchelle Rhee-- will be soon forgotten.

Posted by: GoldCoast | November 8, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

PDV1, what is it you don't like about Vincent Gray? You too have been on every blog supporting Fenty. Why make slanderous accusations against Ward4DC, Concernedaboutdc, and others. Personally I feel the Washington Post should do away with their blog. Many times these blogs are full of hate and racist comments.

Posted by: RushLimbaurg | November 8, 2010 11:56 PM | Report abuse

Dear Rush:

I think you better re-read my comments.
I do not EVER make slanderous statements or accustions about those 2 or any of the candidates.
i have not made one personal comment against Ward4DC nor Concerned... and FYI
i am not on any other blog vs Ward4dc that is on quite a few.
AND, if you read the comments from those two that have called me Amanda (which I am not- fyi - she is black and I am white), a crack head (which I am not), a troll that lives under the bridge (which I am not) and telling me to go back to drinking my vodka (which I don't drink AT ALL)...
So, please review before those comments.

I agree with your comments about hate and racism (which I have not done)..
also for the record.
1. I am minority business owner, that finds that Mr. Fenty has done great work and our city has improved.
I do not feel the same way about the work of Mr. Gray.(my opinion).
Also a resident of DC since 1971 with a child that was born and raised in DC and has done a thesis on the DC at a local University.
So, I feel that i do have roots here and have the right to voice my opinion (not slander or make false allegations like the 2 you have mentioned).
And prior to getting your small note, I had already decided to not write any more as I, unlike the other two, have work to do, and find many of their comments maligning and not fact and just part of displaying their miserable lives in DC

All the best.

Posted by: pdv1 | November 9, 2010 8:31 AM | Report abuse

Rush, no worries. I have thick skin. I really don't know who pdv1 is, but I have commented that when I have posed questions to the "Amanda" lady that pvd1 has often answered, perhaps on her behalf. But it really doesn't matter.

On local & small business Fenty has reversed the transparency created in that agency under the Williams administration. Under Fenty, you were no longer able to track who city contracts, set for local and small businesses, were awarded to. I wonder why? Why create smoke screens?

If you would just read pdv1's last statement, "...I, unlike the other two, have work to do, and find many of their comments maligning and not fact and just part of displaying their miserable lives in DC" you will really get a feel for the way he/she thinks.

If you disagree with me, my opinion, the candidate that I support, your opinion is worthless and you are, otherwise, 'miserable'.

That is wishful thinking, but delusional according to my bank statement.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | November 9, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse

No - Concerned.. and Rush..
YOu are free to express your opinions about the candidates..
i am opposing your calling people crackheads, trolls, and alchoholics because they think differently than you.

Please crawl back under your bridge with the rest of the trolls.
(from Ward 4 .. please see above)

and:

White people from Ward 3, upper caucasia, seem to think that a thieving and conniving Mayor who prostitutes our local tax dollars to enrich friends and cronies unqualified to run a lemonade stand is just fine so long as he keeps them in mind while spending the spoils.

from concerned above.

Whether or not you feel Mayor Fenty did a good job or not.. he did win an election..
I have voiced my opinion.. and have not slandered.. please try to do the same.

Posted by: pdv1 | November 9, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

@pdv1: I borrowed the "upper caucasia" reference from Loose Lips of the city paper. My reference to "thieving and coniving" and "prostitution of local tax dollars to enrich friends and cronies unqualified to run a lemonade stand" relates to Fenty's stealing money from a man's estate when assigned as it's trustee (fact) and his shifting of 85 million local tax dollars to the D.C. Housing Authority to be doled out in contracts, illegally (as per Peter Nickles)without Council approval and outside of D.C. Council oversight (fact). And, awarding them to friends that didn't have the requisite professional credentials (engineering degrees/certification) to fulfill the terms of the contracts-- they served as high paid go-betweens(fact).

If you notice, my comments are impassioned about a person who represents an entire branch of government or a group of people, Ward 3 "Upper Caucasia". Not a personal attack against one blogger or another.

Pdv1 is absolutely correct, Adrian Fenty was elected as Mayor which put him directly in the cross-hair of criticism from the public AND the media. They have no quarrels in criticism of Vincent Gray. They don't cry foul when it is they who are hurling the criticism at him.

I have never commented on what Pdv1 does professionally, nor on whether or not he/she is a happy person or "miserable" person or about how much time he/she spends blogging. That is none of my business and outside of the purview of discussion on politics and the political landscape. I have not decended to that depth.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | November 9, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Dear Concerned:

please note the article written by the Washington Post.. that the "fraternity brothers" of the mayor that won the contracts brought their contracts of 1.2 mill in on time and under budget.
and, that Vince Gray also approved these contracts, of which, mayor Fenty had not part.

(FACT) or the WAPA lies??

Posted by: pdv1 | November 9, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

@pdv1, the difference between you and I is that, for me "the law" trumps convenience. It is irrelevant who approved an "illegal" transaction of public tax dollars. It is still illegal. Gray did not "approve" of shifting the 85 million dollars to DC Housing Autnority, the 85 mil. that bankrolled these projects, he did not "approve" of the illegal process which shielded the legislature from its rightful oversight of how these tax dollars were spent. The Council wasn't even cousulted by the Fenty Administration. It is irrelevant if the projects got done on time, they were still awarded contrary to D.C. law. Laws are not created for "some" people to follow, in fact, for a public official, whose job is to enforce them, to intentially skirt them, to me, is worse.

Again, I have never personally attacked you, what you do, how you spend your time, but I don't agree with you on the issues and why I believe the law applies to everyone. And because of that, you find it appropriate to decend to personal insults to apparantly make yourself feel better.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | November 9, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

And because of that, you find it appropriate to decend to personal insults to apparantly (SP) make yourself feel better.

ps - i don't think i have EVER descended to personal insults...
vs others on this site.

Nor, would i ever do that..

AGAIN, please review before making statements which are not credible,i.e. making pesonal insults .

Posted by: pdv1 | November 9, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

PDV1 wrote: And prior to getting your small note, I had already decided to not write any more as I, unlike the other two, have work to do, and find many of their comments maligning and not fact and just part of displaying their miserable lives in DC

All the best.

PDV1, you told a lie by saying you weren't going to make anymore comments. LOL I came on here today to see several comments back and forth. So what if WARD4DC, ConcernedaboutDC, and others make comments on other blogs. How do you know this? Does this mean you too are blogging on other sites? Apparently, you have too much time on your hands. It's the pot calling the kettle black. When did white women become a minority in the U.S.? Black women are a minority based on their skin color, but I don't think white women are a minority. Please remember, many white women or widoweres were slave owners back during slavery. Today many white women are members of the Tea Party.

Many newspapers around the country are doing away with their blogs because people have gotten out of control hiding behind the Internet making rude racist comments. Do you feel the women on ABC The View make slanderous comments daily? It's called the view because these 5 women share their opinions or views daily. Political correctness and free speech no longer exist in the United States. Everyone is offended by others comments. Maybe there should be silence in society with no one talking or making comments.

Posted by: RushLimbaurg | November 9, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

PVD1, I never understood how white women and white gay men consider themselves to be minorities in the United States. I thought, whites in the United States were still the majority? Please correct me if I'm wrong.

I don't watch Bill Maher because I think he's a liberal idiot. This is the man who was kicked off ABC. However, I felt Bill Maher had a right to express himself and he should have remained on ABC. The same goes for former CNN anchor Rick Sanchez and NPR Juan Williams. What has this country come to with be political correct?

Posted by: RushLimbaurg | November 9, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

PDV1,Keith B. didn't you know D.C. is in the south and always has been a southern town? I was born here and D.C. was a segregated southern town. Blacks couldn't try old clothes in the old Garfinkel's and Lansburgh's downtown. Mayor Adrian Fenty used blacks D.C. voters to get their votes, but did he really have their interest? Adrian lost the election because he betrayed and disrespected black D.C. voters. The District of Columbia is below the Mason Dixon line and there were slaves in D.C. during slavery.

As a southern city, Washington has always had a significant African- American population. Before the Civil War, the city was home to a growing number of free blacks who worked as skilled craftsmen, hack drivers, businessmen and laborers. It also included enslaved African Americans and was the site of slave auctions before they were outlawed in the city in 1850. Slaves owned in Washington were emancipated on April 16, 1862, nine months before Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation of January 1, 1863.

PDV1, gentrification is helping to displace many native or longtime black Washingtonians, particularly senior citizens. Does this bother you at all? I guess you feel all old or poor black people should die or leave D.C. their home? I guess not since you consider yourself a white black female. I know many black females would disagree with you by considering yourself a minority.

Posted by: RushLimbaurg | November 9, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Correction:

PDV1, didn't you know D.C. is in the south and always has been a southern town? I was born here and D.C. was a segregated southern town. Blacks couldn't try on clothes in the old Garfinkel's and Lansburgh's downtown. Mayor Adrian Fenty used blacks D.C. voters to get their votes, but did he really have their interest? Adrian lost the election because he betrayed and disrespected black D.C. voters. The District of Columbia is below the Mason Dixon line and there were slaves in D.C. during slavery.

As a southern city, Washington has always had a significant African- American population. Before the Civil War, the city was home to a growing number of free blacks who worked as skilled craftsmen, hack drivers, businessmen and laborers. It also included enslaved African Americans and was the site of slave auctions before they were outlawed in the city in 1850. Slaves owned in Washington were emancipated on April 16, 1862, nine months before Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation of January 1, 1863.

PDV1, gentrification is helping to displace many native or longtime black Washingtonians, particularly senior citizens. Does this not bother you at all? I guess you feel all old or poor black people should die or leave D.C., their home? Since you consider yourself a white female. I know many black females would disagree with you by considering yourself a minority.

Posted by: RushLimbaurg | November 9, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Dear Rush:

1. According to the Certification of the Small Business Administration of DC - I am a minority as a women business owner.

2. You are also stating that the older people that do own their houses are not selling them for more $$ .. therefore, also allowing gentriciation?

3. Regretfully, i am not blogging any other site.. but found 2 the other day that have to do with DC Politics and lo and behold there was WARD4DC all over both of them.. and again, respectfully, I did not post ONE thing.

4. I find these remarks offensive:

No one is attacking Howard's Law School. I myself attended Howard undergraduate. My point, King Fenty was kissing whites behinds so much trying to be accepted by them. This is why I stated, why would his mulatto behind attend a mostly black Law School and pledge a Divine 9 black Greek organization? I bet to differ, Fenty's wife don't consider herself black. She have been quoted in the Post as saying, she's British because she was born in England.

Adrian pandering to white gentrifiers moving into D.C. and he kick his black supporters to the curb.

If there's a place in h&ll, I hope he goes there soon and he can take the rest of you racist crac&&&s with him.

Posted by: Ward4DC | November 6, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

and I guess you do not???????

And since when is British a race?

and yes, I am done.. I am just responsive to negative derogatory ccomments that are untrue and disrespectful (i.e. crackhead, troll, alcoholic, prostitute, etc)..

ALL THE BEST, and have a wonderful week.

Posted by: pdv1 | November 9, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

PDV1, please seek some mental health counseling. LOL

Posted by: mmatthews1 | November 9, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

I watched Fenty on Bill Maher and he really didn't have much to say or add to the conversation.

Posted by: RockCreekPark | November 9, 2010 11:58 PM | Report abuse

PDV1 do you not support freedom of speech? Have you ever heard the saying, sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never bother me?

Posted by: RockCreekPark | November 9, 2010 11:59 PM | Report abuse

Several times on this thread, concernedaboutdc has claimed that Adrian Fenty "[stole] money from one to which he was assigned, not to return it until he was caught by the family of the deceased, reported to the District Bar Association, and was ultimately sanctioned for the deed. I believed they called it "incompetence". Look it up."

I looked it up and...
YOU ARE WRONG. FENTY WAS NEVER ACCUSED OF STEALING FROM HIS CLIENT.

One of his client's relatives stole from the senior citizen's account. Fenty was sanctioned for not properly safeguarding the account against the theft. Please stop repeating this false statement.

From the Post article on 9/23/02, "Judge Jose Lopez, in an order issued Friday, stressed that there was no suggestion that Fenty had committed a crime. But he said Fenty made a "series of errors" in handling the life savings of William Hardy Sr., a 91-year-old D.C. man with dementia."

As for the DC bar, the Post reported on 9/2/05 that "The Office of the Bar Counsel yesterday issued its lightest sanction, an informal admonition, to D.C. Council member Adrian M. Fenty for his failure to guard the assets..."

Posted by: RCDC | November 10, 2010 3:04 AM | Report abuse

RCDC, your information provided still implys, Mayor Fenty doesn't seem to be a bright intelligent Attorney. If he was smard, he wouldn't have made such errors handling this deceased elderly man's affairs.

Posted by: RockCreekPark | November 10, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

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