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Gray responds to Fenty TV attacks with radio spot

Well, that didn't take long.

Vincent Gray's mayoral campaign already has a radio ad prepped responding to opponent Adrian Fenty's anti-Gray TV ads.

The minute-long ad focuses squarely on jobs.

"The community has asked Mayor Fenty for help, but he hasn't listened," says a female voice, over minor-key music. "Now Mayor Fenty is running ads attacking Vince Gray," adds another. "But Vince Gray understands that there are too many people in D.C. wondering where their next paycheck is going to come from," says a man.

But never fear: "Vince Gray's jobs and economic development plan will help put me back to work," says a woman.

The ad closes: "Mr. Mayor, your attack ads won't help me get a job ... And if you're not going to help me get a job, we're going to help Vince Gray take yours."

The Fenty response, courtesy of campaign spokesperson Sean Madigan: "We're breaking ground on the convention center hotel in the next few weeks. That's 2,000 jobs. We cut the ribbon on Carmine's [restaurant] last week. That's 200 jobs. ... We're using our levers to create jobs ... not set up task forces to talk about jobs."

The problem for Gray is the radio ad is likely to reach many fewer ears than Fenty's ads will. According to Tuesday's campaign finance reports, Fenty has $1.9 million in the bank; Gray has $689,000. And Gray's last radio ad buy was not extensive -- totaling only $12,000, while Fenty spent more than $1 million on TV.

By Mike DeBonis  |  August 11, 2010; 6:11 PM ET
Categories:  Adrian Fenty , DCision 2010 , The District , Vincent Gray  
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Fenty has been his own worst walking ad campaign. His poor governing has, obviously, resonated with the voters. His claiming Anthony Williams' development accomplishments, like the convention center hotel, is not a fact lost on the voters. The voters, clearly, are more educated on the facts than Debonis suggests in this piece.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | August 11, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse


Why is it that the Mayor can't take credit for things that he accomplished?

For example,Fenty pointing to the fact that his administration has finished work initially planned by Williams administration deosn't negate anyone elses input.

I have never heard Fenty say that he personally masterminded every development project in the city. And, I think it is a little unfair of you to insist that he have done so. He didn't run against Williams. Williams chose not to run. Fenty had a choice about what direction development would go.

He choose to keep progress moving. And. to speed that progress up. Other than the fact that you don't like him....Why doesn't he deserve credit?

Posted by: politicalrealist | August 11, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Political Realist

One example of Fenty taking credit is the Giant East of the River. The construction was ended when he got elected.

His other project the Convention Center was brokered by the council...outlined. And it is not a project I agree with. Why are we spending money for a hotel with tax payer dollars.

Posted by: CultureClub | August 11, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse


I don't agree with most of these private/public partnerships. The people pay the bills and the private gets the money. But, i don't think that Fenty nor Gray is going to change that trend. Maybe Mr. Alexander.

But, if the store was already built...then, that would be puffery. But, again, the man is a politician. Can't get to made at a dog for peeing on a tree. It is in it's nature. For examle, Gray is not the "mr. nicey nice" that he plays himself up to be. He is quit a prick when he wants to be. Otherwise, he would never have accomplished anything.

Fenty/Gray, Brown/Orange, Obama/Palin, Regan/Carter. You name the contest and you can find some hype on both sides>

I don't think Gray is without accomplishment. Nor, do I think Fenty would argue that. But, Fenty certainly derserves credit for the many many things he has done. And, Fenty's results warrant another term.

Plus, Gray is too damn old. Sorry Momma I had to say it. Regan went senile in his second term and the country hasn't recovered yet!

Posted by: politicalrealist | August 11, 2010 11:06 PM | Report abuse

politicalrealist... how said that you feel that age is a pre-determiner for wisdom, experience, growth, sound reasoning and knowledge. I would only hope that I would be able to be as healthy/athletic (plays basefall almost weekly and dances like a 20 year-old), I would hope to be a wise (able to pull representative parties together on the Council from all Wards in the city); knowledgeable (he knows the legislation because he has drafter and crafted most of it and he can speak to it in a clear and concise manner for all to understand).

In this country do we discard those seasoned in years, rather than honor and revere them and sit at their feet to learn what we need to know not to repeat the mistakes that undoubtedly we will make when we discard our elders.

I would only hope that my children, grandchildren, and hopefully great grandchildren will honor me and my wisdom and seek my counsel when I am at an age of reflection upon my life and if I choose to continue in my field of expertise I would hope that this country that I love and this city that I have given the best years of my life to its public service will respect me and my wanting to accomplish something as long as I am viable and my contributions valuable.

Gray in 2010...He is the MAN to bring this city into the future of One City for all DC!

Posted by: lacairaine | August 12, 2010 1:23 AM | Report abuse

Sean Madigan: "We're breaking ground on the convention center hotel in the next few weeks. That's 2,000 jobs. We cut the ribbon on Carmine's [restaurant] last week. That's 200 jobs. ... So, Mr. Madigan, are African Americans to be taken back to the 1950's when ALL the jobs that you think we are worthy of obtaining are waiting tables in restaurants and working in hotels. For this to be Mr. Fenty's example of job growth is INSULTING!

When you look around DC and drive or ride public transportation begin to monitor the license plates, see the folk strolling at lunch break and watch those prospering in the District you can draw but one conclusion. Mr. Fenty is disproportionately displacing "black women and men" from jobs and replacing them with young white, Virginia and Maryland residents, thus removing the tax base from Washington DC and solidifying the security of outlying jurisdictions of the suburbs.

Contrary to what you would like to believe, blacks are educated, intelligent and worthy of securing and maintaining employment in the City that they call home, you remember, the city that we never abondoned even when those in the Capitol were slandering us in the press. The city that we love, the city that we supported and struggled to get to the place that it is right now and now we are being pushed to the counties.

The District has residents in all of our Wards who "deserve" to be able to find employment BEFORE someone from a county outside of DC.

I am sick and damn tired of the new Washingtonian trying to paint ALL DC residents as uneducated, undereducated, lazy and unworthy of the jobs that are being steered to and stolen by those outside of DC. Mr. Fenty is displacing black women over the age of 40 at such an alarming rate that it borders on racism and age discrimination.

Mr. Fenty has caused homelessness needlessly, to abolish a job and displace a worker and then less than two weeks later the job is opened up again, given a different title (SAME DUTIES) and a $20,000.00 increase and then given to a young person from the suburds is CRIMINAL.

Posted by: lacairaine | August 12, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

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