Gray, Fenty debut new TV ads
TV viewers will be hearing plenty from both mayoral candidates in the coming 11 days.
On Thursday, Mayor Adrian Fenty released his latest ad, a spot that again takes aim at chief opponent Vincent Gray's record as director of the city's Department of Human Services in the early 1990s. "Gray's not a bad guy, but he was a bad manager," a voice-over says. "Do we want to go back to that?"
Gray strikes back Friday with a pair of new ads, which will for the first time in his campaign run on broadcast television, not just cable. The more interesting of the two challenges Fenty's "apology tour" by noting that Fenty "never apologized" for controversial parks contracts, secret foreign travel and overspending.
On the campaign trail, Fenty has repeatedly touted his recent endorsements by The Washington Post's editorial board. Notably, Gray's ad throws back at Fenty some of the criticisms expressed of him by the board: "Like many D.C. residents, we have long wondered why he would let things like silly fights with the D.C. Council, unnecessary government secrecy or shutting out community voices jeopardize the good work being done by his administration."
The other ad is more positive. "It's time for a mayor who will end the cronyism and bring our city together," the ad says, touting Gray's endorsements from the InTowner and Current newspapers:
Here's Fenty's ad:
September 3, 2010; 11:54 AM ET
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