Fenty asks write-in supporters to back Gray
Mayor Adrian Fenty, in the month since he lost his re-election bid to Vincent Gray, has been generally gracious in his defeat.
But when a write-in campaign organized itself and started making some noise about challenging the presumptive mayor-elect, Fenty stopped short of a full-throated dismissal. That prompted WRC-TV's Tom Sherwood to call Fenty "obtuse" for not telling these guys to knock it off more directly.
So let this statement, issued via a spokesman this afternoon, put any obtuseness to rest:
"I appreciate the write-in supporters but my campaign is over and I accept the results. I ask my supporters to join me in supporting Vince Gray and in voting for Vince Gray, who will be our next Mayor."
UPDATE, 5:30 P.M.: John Hlinko, a main backer of the write-in push, responds:
"The write-in effort is a grassroots one of thousands of DC voters, so I'm sure there will be different reactions. We all have a lot of respect for Mayor Fenty, and I know some people have already joined him in supporting Chairman Gray, and no doubt others will as well before the election. Other folks will wait until November 2nd, and write in Fenty to send a message in support of his policies, and education reform in particular. As far as me personally, I do understand and respect both paths, and think folks will need to choose for themselves. But what I am emphatic about is that whatever happens, we will all need to unify together once this is over to keep making this great city even greater. Even those who opt to wait until November 2nd need to realize that they're choosing between good people who love DC and are devoting their lives to public service. Chairman Gray deserves respect, as do his supporters."
| October 15, 2010; 4:58 PM ET
Categories: Adrian Fenty, DCision 2010, The District, Vincent Gray
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