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Gray campaigns with Marion Barry in Ward 8


The worst-kept secret of the mayoral race is becoming less and less secret: Marion Barry is an enthusiastic supporter of Vincent Gray's mayor campaign.

Barry tried to play down the alliance earlier this month after being caught at the Ward 4 straw poll with a Gray sticker on his jacket. "Someone put that on me," he told reporters, making no attempt to remove it. Barry is quite aware of the fine line Gray is trying to walk -- hoping to capture some of Barry's fervid support among poorer, blacker voters without alienating more affluent, whiter voters who have long despised the man.

But after an event at THEARC earlier today, Barry and Gray did some flesh-pressing down in the Woodland Terrace neighborhood in Ward 8 -- a day ahead of the Ward 8 Democrats endorsement vote. Barry posed for pictures in a blue "VOTE GRAY" cap and T-shirt. The campaigning was captured on camera, making its way to Mayor Adrian Fenty's campaign and on to reporters.


The Fenty campaign has been straining to paint Gray as a creature of the old school, and any appearance with Barry certainly helps. The Gray camp says they welcome the veteran pol's support, though they stop short of calling it an endorsement.

"He doesn't really have a relationship with the campaign," said spokeswoman Traci Hughes. Barry and Gray, she added "have a long-standing mutual respect for one another. Marion Barry has made it very clear he thinks Vince is the best person to run the city."

"It's Marion Barry's ward, and in his ward he has a lot of respect," Hughes said. "Marion Barry's a rock star. It was a natural fit."

Asked if Gray would accept a formal public endorsement from Barry Gray would be holding a formal public endorsement event with Barry, Hughes said "not right now." In 2006, Barry endorsed Fenty a week before the election.

UPDATE, 9:20 A.M.: The last paragraph has been changed to reflect that I asked hughes if Gray would hold a formal endorsement event with Barry, not whether Gray would accept his endorsement.

By Mike DeBonis  |  August 20, 2010; 9:01 PM ET
Categories:  Adrian Fenty , DCision 2010 , The District , Vincent Gray  
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"...poorer, BLACKER voters..." WTF!

Posted by: dcjazzman | August 21, 2010 1:51 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: Ward4DC | August 21, 2010 2:34 AM | Report abuse

Gray had my vote until this article appeared. He has now lost it.

Posted by: DCguyme1 | August 21, 2010 5:30 AM | Report abuse

DCguyme1...this is such a fake sentiment, if Mr. Gray "lost" your vote for showing respect to the Councilmember in a Ward that he is hoping to win then Mr. Gray never had your vote. If Mr. Gray was in Ward 2, which does NOT support Mr. Gray and Jack Evans wanted to show support for this candidtate all of a sudden he would gain your support, WHY?!?!?!?!

Let's not forget, Mr. Barry is a elected official in a Ward that "chose" him to speak for them, rightly or wrongly, you don't live in that Ward and therefore your views are without a basis for comment.

Above all else Mr. Gray is respectful to his colleagues, and the citizenry of each Ward regardless of his personal feeling, that is not to say that he has anything personally for or against Mr. Barry, it is a matter of respect.

Example: In Ward 8 Clark Ray has Corra Master's Barry campaigning for him, does that make his less viable because he is inclusive to those who wield power in their respective Ward.

Wow, now we have the NEW Washingtonian telling us who should be seen with who and what is appropriate and what is NOT. We may not want to see the racial implications to these articles and comments EXCEPT they are GLARING and SELF-SERVING.

Adrian Fenty has a known THUG, BULLY, and THIEF as a campaign strategist and his BIGGEST SUPPORTER, but you will vote for him...WOW how insightful...RONALD MOTEN is all of those things and then some. He has Sinclair Skinner driving around in his brand new Porche gotten from an $82 million dollar contract illegally awarded to him and Omar Karim and yet you have no problem with voting for him with this cast of characters. Again, WOW!!!!

Posted by: lacairaine | August 21, 2010 6:38 AM | Report abuse


Well said.

@DCguyme1 - you are such a LIAR.

Posted by: bnew100 | August 21, 2010 6:47 AM | Report abuse

and who was shocked by that?

It has always been more than obvious--

It is not a new revelation....

Posted by: pdv1 | August 21, 2010 7:51 AM | Report abuse

All voters who supported king fenty in 2006, deserve a second chance to repent.
Councilmember barry who supported fenty in 2006 has learned that he made a mistake and he is not willing to drink that fenty kool aid again.

Posted by: dcgovcorruption | August 21, 2010 8:30 AM | Report abuse

To lacairaine

Thanks for your reply to pdv1 it is absolutely on point. Moten is all that you said and more. He is just trying to protect his interests.

pdv1 -- Gray does not equal Barry. Let's not get it so twisted that we allow Adrian Fenty four more years to screw up the city and screw us over. Unless, of course, you would prefer that DC tank under Fenty's leadership as the US tanked under Bush's leadership.

Posted by: sheridaw | August 21, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

I am not a supporter of Marion Barry but I am a supporter of Vincent Gray. Marion Barry, whether I like it or not, is an elected offficial in the District of Columbia. He is entitled to endorse whom he pleases and remember it is Marion Barry endorsing Vince Gray not the other way around. In fact it was Vincent Gray who had the Council strip Mr. Barry of his Committee. Last time Barry endorsed Fenty and we still elected him.

This race shouldn't be turned into a Black vs. White race. It is a race between Fenty who fooled us four years ago and Gray who is a decent and accomplished man.

It is funny to hear Adrian Fenty talk about Gray taking us back to the old days after what Fenty has done. He has brought back cronyism to City Hall to the point where reporters and others are publicly saying you need to be in the right fraternity to get anything from the Mayor. He is using gimmicks to balance his budgets of the kind we haven't seen since the days just before the Control Board took over.

Adrian Fenty is taking us back to the bad old days faster than anyone I could have imagined. He is running a secretive government, giving contracts to friends, adding 10% bonuses, and either not talking to or firing anyone who disagrees with him. A far cry from what I thought I would get when I supported Adrian Fenty in 2006.

Look at the people surrounding him, the crony contractors and the Ron Moten's of the world. Those are not the people that either the Black or White community in the District should want in the top echelons of our government.

This isn't about Black vs. White it is about good government and that is not what we are getting with the Fenty administration.

Don't be fooled by last minute mea culpa's which are politically motivated. 40 year olds don't change their personalities and Fenty will only see his reelection as proof that he can get away with anything. The second term won't only be the same it will be worse.

Michelle Rhee leaving, which is what Fenty is using to try to scare voters into voting for him, will most likely happen whoever is elected as on Labor Day she is marrying the Mayor of Scaramento. But either way it is Vince Gray who got the council to pass education reform. It is Vince Gray who knows about education and passed universal early childhood education. While Michelle Rhee may have done some good things she is clearly no miracle worker. 39 of the 91 Principals she hired in the last three years are already gone. The high standards and curriculum being taught in our schools today were brought here by here predecessor Clifford Janey.

Let's move on from Fenty and reclaim our government for all the people. Say thank you and retire him. Vote for a proven leader, successful in gov't and the private sector. Someone who understands real reform must benefit all the people not just a few friends.

Gray will provide the transparent government Fenty only pretended to care about.

Posted by: peterdc | August 22, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

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