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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:

By Mike DeBonis  |  September 3, 2010; 11:54 AM ET
Categories:  Adrian Fenty , DCision 2010 , The District , Vincent Gray  
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by Anita Baker (Modified by JPH)

Get the VOTERS on the line
For the last three years
I have left them in tears
But I admit it
I been out of control
But I still love my JOB
With my body and soul
When the road gets rough
We say things we should not say
But I never meant
To treat my VOTERS that way.


I apologize,
Oh, believe me I do
I apologize,
Honest and true
Because I know I was wrong
So I'm singing this song,
And I'm trying to get through
To make it up to you
I apologize

It was like a real bad dream,
REPORTERS, should have seen
How I shouted and screamed
But I regret it
'Cause I was unfair
Took it all out on VOTERS
Just because they were there
When the road gets rough
We say things we should not say
But I never meant to treat
My VOTERS that way.

Repeat CHORUS:

I apologize,
'Cause I was unkind
And I wish that I could roll back in time.
Erase the LAY-OFFS and rewrite my lines.
But, come rain or come shine,
I'm gonna do right this time.
I apologize.

Posted by: msjudgejackie | September 3, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

With his massive campaign war chest advantage over Gray, I was expecting Fenty's ads to at least pull him closer. In fact, the tv ads are amazingly ineffective, and neutral/undecided voters I know who have seen them were induced by Fenty's own ads to vote for Gray!

More Fenty arrogance at work, I suppose.

Posted by: BlanketyBlank | September 3, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

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