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New Fenty Web ad plays up Gray's 'mistakes'

During a WTTG-TV debate Friday morning, D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray was asked about mistakes he'd made as council chairman. He didn't come up with much.

Now Mayor Adrian Fenty's campaign has whipped together a Web ad mocking the response -- featuring mea culpas form the likes of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Alan Greenspan. "Everyone makes mistakes," goes the voice-over, "but not Vince Gray."

The ad instead targets, like many Fenty ads before it, Gray's stewardship of the Department of Human Services in the early 1990s.

By Mike DeBonis  |  September 4, 2010; 7:42 PM ET
Categories:  Adrian Fenty , DCision 2010 , The District , Vincent Gray  
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Fenty's ads will not work. There is a war going on. And our jihad will not rest until he is rooted out of office.

Posted by: starclimber9 | September 4, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

If anyone knows about making "mistakes" it is Fenty.

Don't you just like this new "kinder" and "remorseful" Fenty? LOL

Posted by: guylady201001 | September 5, 2010 7:23 AM | Report abuse

Comparing the District of the 1990's to the Distric of today is comparing appleas to oragnes. The money problems in the 90s are well known. Many people do not understand that a lot of the problem was that D.C. was performing costly state-level as well as city functions.

When the Control Board came into power, most of the Department of Corrections, the D.C. Board of Parole, and Superior Court were transferred to the feds. I'm sure there were others, but I can't remember the specifics.

The city's "rebirth" really started in the Williams administration. It was possible because many of the structural problems in the D.C. budget had been fixed. And it was the result of a lot of people trying very hard to make the District work. When everyone else was fleeing the city, we stayed and we worked. As many have said before, most of the improvements were due to Mayor Anthony Willisms and the employees who worked for him.

And then "young" Fenty comes along, who was probably in college when all this was going on, and decides he is going to "clean the house" of all the people who came before him.

Fenty has hijacked all the hard work of the people who came before him and
claimed it as his. This is why D.C. residents with longevity, black and white, are not fooled by any of this ads and speaches and promises or apologies.

I believe the name of the law that made the transfers that I mentioned is the District of Columbia Reorganization and Revitalization Act (it is a federal law, not Distrct).

Posted by: tacard1 | September 5, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Tacard1...very well stated! Historical context is key. But this is Fenty's style, they like to rewrite history and pray that dc citizens aren't smart enough to know or reserach DC history.

Posted by: thelildiva4u | September 5, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

It's really telling that the best Fenty can muster is to criticize Gray's record from 20 years ago. TWENTY. YEARS. AGO.

Want to dig up ancient history? Let's talk about Fenty's record as a private attorney, just prior to his city council gig, when he was investigated for complete mishandling of a client's assets.

This is just pathetic.

Posted by: jamietre | September 7, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

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