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Gray opens 'field office' in Fenty's back yard

Talk about taking the fight to the enemy.

D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray's mayoral campaign announced this afternoon that they'll be opening a "field office" on Georgia Avenue NW in Petworth -- smack in the middle of rival Adrian Fenty's Ward 4 base and a little more than a mile down from Hizzoner's reelection HQ.

The Gray camp denies any symbolism in the new digs, which joins the campaign's established headquarters on Sixth Street NW. "It is pure coincidence," says campaign spokesperson Traci Hughes. "We've got growing support in Ward 4; it happens to be right there."

The new space will host campaign field operations, including yard-sign distribution and staging operations for volunteers. "We've got a lot of people who are supporting us, and we felt it was necessary to open up this office to give our field team the support they need," Hughes says.

In signing a second lease, the Gray campaign is also sending a message that it expects fundraising efforts to remain strong. The space is being rented from Aubrey Stephenson, president and chief executive of Federal Management Systems Inc., a government consulting firm whose logo adorns the awning outside the building.

There's one problem: The awning's green -- and that's Fenty's color.

"We're going to change the signage," Hughes says. "I don't know if we're going to change the awning. Everyone will know it's a Vince Gray building."

By Mike DeBonis  |  June 21, 2010; 4:52 PM ET
Categories:  DCision 2010 , The District , Vincent Gray  
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Wow! yeah, yeah, yeah.....

Posted by: drfields | June 21, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Why? DC is too small for a campaign to need field offices.

Posted by: politicalrealist | June 22, 2010 7:47 AM | Report abuse

Gray is a fraud and this move is a fraud. You don't need field offices in DC elections. The city is 10 x 10.

Posted by: politicalrealist | June 22, 2010 7:51 AM | Report abuse

Politcalrealist--if you knew anything about this city you would know it is imperative to have a field office in upper ward 4 and east of the river. It is not only needed but appreciate, because although the city is small transportation is not as easy from one side to another. If you are looking for volunteers, I know Fenty has given up on that prospect--you want people to be able to simply walk in.
Most citywide campaigns do this--Mayor Williams had a field office in Ward 4 while having a downtown office. And in his reelection he had a small Ward 8 office. Or was it Ward 7--that I cannot completely recall but everyone doesn't want to come downtown to be part of the campaign if they are working in their community.

Posted by: Fatmanny | June 22, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Go Gray!

Posted by: fivetogo | June 22, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

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