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DeMorning DeBonis: Sept. 14, 2010


What's left to say? Not much, except that if you've followed the daily roundups I've been doing for the past 22 months, you should know entirely too much about the men and women you'll be voting for Tuesday. That's a good thing. Get to it. Ace reporters from the city's three daily papers all note that because of the expected glut of absentee and provisional ballots, we may not have winners in some close races -- say mayor and at-large council -- for 10 days. This ace reporter will be stationed at the Board of Election and Ethics all day for the latest happenings -- follow @mikedebonis and D.C. Wire for constant updates. Need more info on voting? DCist has a handy election day guide, and check out the BOEE site for the answers to other questions.

AFTER THE JUMP -- Fenty's Skins faux pas -- now for a listening tour -- last-minute endorsements -- get out and vote


SKINS FAIL -- Adrian Fenty was wearing a Redskins jersey Monday, but not just any jersey -- a personalized Fenty jersey bearing Donovan McNabb's No. 5. Total faux pas, says Dan Steinberg: "Now, I'm leery of the personalized jerseys in general, but if you're the mayor, you maybe get a pass on this one. There's just one real rule. You cannot -- cannot -- put your name over the jersey number of the team's star player. You can't get a Fenty 2 Wizards jersey, or a Fenty 8 Caps jersey, or a Fenty 11 Nats jersey. And even if it's an old, pre-existing shirt, you just can't hit the streets in a Fenty 5 Redskins jersey, not when Donovan McNabb is already the last starter introduced on game day and the national spokesman for your team." Fenty's comments to his afternoon "closing argument" go-go rally, per WUSA-TV: "Last night the Washington Redskins showed us that it doesn't matter what the experts say when you've got heart, effort and you believe in what you're doing. For the last four years, we've come a long way as a city because of the efforts of supporters like you and the leadership of Adrian Fenty."

LISTENING TOO LATE? -- DCist's Martin Austermuhle sits down with Hizzoner. He holds forth on the future of council-mayor relations: "I do think it will be different. When I got elected four years ago, it wasn't just that we had a new mayor. We had a new Council chair, we had somewhere between five and nine Council members that were first-term. They had just been elected or were about to be elected in special elections or had only served two years. That's a lot of people that are doing political posturing, including myself. ... No matter what happens on Tuesday, you're not going to have that same amount of turnaround. Maybe one or two, tops. I think there will be a lot more cohesiveness and collaboration than there was four years ago." His second term challenges: "Metro is the toughest one. That is the one where all of our tough decision-making, our ability to hire great people is going to be needed. That is an agency that needs some real reform." Promised: A "listening tour of sorts."

JOB OFFERS? -- If the polls we've all seen are worth a damn, Fenty might well get getting pink-slipped Tuesday. TBD's Sarah Larimer looks at what his options might be come Jan. 2: "He'll be entering the job market during an economic downturn, when the unemployment rate in the city he has always called home was 9.8 percent in July. He is one half of a two-income household (His wife, Michelle, is a practicing lawyer), that supports three children who live on property last assessed at $1,090,060. During his term, he's been making about $200,000 a year. Before that, he wasn't doing too badly as a councilmember, either, at around $90,000 a year. It's been a while since Fenty, who has never lost an elected office he has sought, was a private citizen in need of a job. So, who will hire Adrian Fenty -- the man who became the youngest mayor of D.C. ever at 35 and would leave office at 40? 'I run my elections right through the campaign and only after they are over do I start thinking about what happens next,' Fenty said, when asked if he had thought about his next step. 'You leave everything on the court.'"


In praise of Election Day (Post)

Three endorsements from Greater Greater Washington -- two contributors for Fenty, but head honcho David Alpert goes for Gray (GGW)

Jason Cherkis goes Gray. Duh. (Loose Lips)

Harry Jaffe goes green. Duh. (Examiner)

"If you are registered as a Democrat in the District, you have a choice on Tuesday: Do you want your tax dollars and the resources of your city to be handed over to the teachers union, the government-employee unions, and the local chamber of commerce? Or do you want the spoils going to the brothers of Kappa Alpha Psi?" (Examiner)

Claim: Fenty is a jerk. Verdict: "Mostly on point." (TBD Facts Machine)

"Does Fenty Need A Fourth Quarter Miracle?" asks Bruce Johnson (WUSA-TV)

Fenty tries educational blackmail (D.C. Schools Insider)

Some numerical reasons why Fenty's GOTV effort might not be able to overcome Gray's lead (Behind the Numbers)

From Bill Turque's wife: "Why D.C.'s Next Mayor Ought to Keep Michelle Rhee (Who Doesn't Love My Husband)" (Politics Daily)

Great, great pull from Mike Neibauer: Scott Bolden's loathing of Phil Mendelson extends to last-minute financing of Michael D. Brown's unlikely council run (WBJ)

"Michael D. Brown ... has essentially stolen the political identity of another, far better-known black politician" (Huffington Post)

Fenty loss "could signal a major backlash against education reform nationally" -- dramatic much? (CNN)

Hizzoner skipped the "unity" GOTV press conference (D.C. Wire)

Renos at Anacostia vs. renos at Wilson -- what's the deal? (WUSA-TV)

Hey, Post editorial board -- "Don't dismiss D.C.'s shadow representatives"! (All Opinions Are Local)

Gray takes on security detail (D.C. Wire)

If the Ward 1 race were won or lost on web videos, Bryan Weaver would win going away (Loose Lips-- slightly NSFW)

If you read only one thing about Sulaimon Brown for the rest of your life, make this it (Loose Lips)

"D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty poised to get the boot?" (Christian Science Monitor)

Gray sits down with (online) network news (CBS News)

Gray and Fenty, on video with City Paper (Loose Lips)

"'Results are non-negotiable,' Fenty almost lectures to the viewer. ... Fenty's base of driven, ambitious white professionals drawn to D.C. for a stint and another notch in their resume holds Fenty in enduring regard for this kind of talk, because it is how they see themselves and their records of accomplishment. There is a strong case to be made for continued shakeup of the District's ossified bureaucracy, and many of those teachers may have been failing D.C. kids and deserved to be let go. But Adrian Fenty's way is not the only way, however much he insists." (Examiner Local Opinion Zone)

How to fix D.C. schools: religion (Washington Times)

What's the point of the MidCity Arts District? (Post)

Which politician is responsible for Ray's the Steaks? All of them! None of them! (

Too bad they couldn't get Fenty to wear a pedometer (TBD)

*** ON THE MENU ***

Go vote -- returns will start coming in around 9 p.m.; unofficial election day tally expected by midnight -- Gray's party is at the Washington Court Hotel -- Fenty's party is at his campaign headquarters on Georgia Avenue north of Missouri Avenue

By Mike DeBonis  |  September 14, 2010; 7:00 AM ET
Categories:  Morning Mike , The District  
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