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Fenty write-in campaign isn't going away

UPDATED 4 P.M.

There are indications that the campaign to write in incumbent mayor and primary loser Adrian Fenty on the Nov. 2 general election ballot is something more than just a Facebook group.

Yesterday, lengthy polling calls went out to city residents that, among other things, aimed to test the viability of a Fenty write-in campaign and also test negative messages against Democratic nominee Vincent Gray.

Such surveys are not cheap. A poll of some length given to a meaningful citywide sample (at least 500) would easily cost upward of $20,000. In other words: It's not pocket change you can collect online. An official from the Fenty reelection campaign said none of its funds, which totaled $809,000 a week before the primary, were spent on the survey.

After making a few phone calls, it's clear to me that there is a cadre of die-hard Fenty supporters who have not given up hope on a write-in bid -- never mind that the candidate himself is not supporting the effort and the fact that the numbers just aren't there.

One of the die-hards is Mital Gandhi, a Republican whom Fenty appointed to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board and the Board of Elections and Ethics (though the latter was nixed by the D.C. Council).

"I absolutely support the mayor in the write-in vote," Gandhi said today. "I don't know who it is. But there's a lot of support for it."

Gandhi, however, would not reveal who is financing the poll: "Obviously, the mayor doesn't believe in polling, so you can kind of scratch him off the list. There are some people who are extremely passionate who have given money toward a polling effort."

They're joined by a group of young, energetic folks who are responding to Facebook messages like this: "Are you are free to volunteer AND have some fun this Fri or Sat between 4pm and 9pm? ... If you can only do an hour, that works. (And did we mention it's going to be fun?)"

That, I'm told, will be an effort to canvass outside screenings of "Waiting for Superman," the new documentary lionizing Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee, at the E Street Cinema downtown.

UPDATE, 4 P.M.: John Sides, the George Washington University professor who reported the polling call last night on the Monkey Cage poli-sci blog, shares some more details about the call: It was about 10 minutes long, was conducted by a live caller, included likely-voter screening questions, and asked if the voter would be willing to write Fenty in. It also included favorability questions about Rhee and Police Chief Cathy Lanier, and it asked respondents to agree/disagree to statements that Sides remembers as such: "Gray is too close to Marion Barry"; "if Gray is elected, Rhee will leave and the schools will get worse"; and "Fenty lost fair and square and should give it up."

By Mike DeBonis  | October 1, 2010; 12:16 PM ET
Categories:  Adrian Fenty, DCision 2010, The District  
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"the numbers just aren't there."

lol. keep writing yourself into a corner DeBonis

Posted by: mr_gremlin | October 1, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

I voted for Chairman Gray in the Mayoral race and will do so again in November.

However, what I look forward to the most is voting to make the Attorney General's position in the District an ELECTED one. This is of utmost importance; evidenced by the manner in which Peter Nickles has carried out this role.

The smart Fenty folks have begun to lobby the presumptive Mayor in an effort to get him to see things their way. This social media networking may well work to get progressive minded (read: elitist whites) out to a snowball fight during a blizzard but it is futile in the face of a selecting the next Mayor of the city.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | October 1, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Just further evidence of the disdain for the process that some feel, even as Fenty himself has endorsed the winner of the primary.

What was so flawed with the September 14 primary, except for the fact that their guy got less votes?

Fenty did win as a write-in in the Republican primary, which granted him ballot access for the general election, but Fenty refused the nomination.

Posted by: blasmaic | October 1, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

The only reason why Gray won is because the people who voted for him are uneducated.

Posted by: kenk3 | October 1, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

kenk3,

you're making Thurgood Marshall's argument for federalizing educational funding and providing equal funding for every student regardless of whether they live in a rich neighborhood or a poor community. Participatory democracy implies that every citizen with a vote be properly educated.

Posted by: blasmaic | October 1, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

To kenk3: I voted for Gray and I am not uneducated by anyone's standards. You need to filter what you write before hitting the "Submit" button. And, to go by your standard of being educated, the inference is that the "educated" people voted for Fenty yet HE was the one who was not smart enough to listen to his advisors to change his strategy. Hmm...

Posted by: linroy62 | October 1, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

I am not sure I believe that Fenty is not financing this "write in" campaign. Who paid the $2,000 for the booth at Fiesta DC?
At least folks at the Fiesta said it was paid for by Fenty with additional monies for Lopez. We won't know the truth until the next filing, which would be too late.

Posted by: DeniseW | October 1, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Kenk3...hmmm uneducated people voted for Gray. Seriously?

I voted for Gray and I'm white, educated, have money, and have lived in the city for less than 10 years. You are one of the reasons this city is divided.

Posted by: DCJUSTICE | October 1, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Rhee as superman? SuperMOUTH is more like it. I'm definitely not defending the DCPS, I have plenty of criticisms for them, but Rhee's so-called accomplishments hardly justify the recent spate of adulation IMO. What colossal chutzpah to badmouth Gray and everyone who voted for him. As if she's the only one who could possibly be smart and want decent education for DC children! Its typical of her modus operandi to attack anyone who disagrees with her. I for one hope she's on the way out.

Posted by: sherozzel | October 1, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Why are you guys responding to Kenk3? This person is obviously uneducated as well as a sore loser!! Get over it, your boy lost..And stop being a coward on the blogs and identify yourself. Right, u would never do that little man...
Bill

Posted by: BILLJA | October 1, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

The people of DC have spoken and the word is Whites not welcomed but hey we still think we have a right to your money. Let them have Gray and return to the good old days.

Posted by: Pilot1 | October 1, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

The alleged write in campaign is by people trying to keep their jobs, plain and simple. Why don't they just get over it and go back to Texas?

Posted by: PepperDr | October 1, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

@Pilot1: I have no problem with most white people, just not the sniveling, liberal, elitist pseudo urbanist racist posturing as progressives that are not welcomed. If that is not you, you have nothing to worry about, we can even be friends, if it is, you are right, you are not welcome in the District or any other sensible urban community.

You are right, with Gray, we are more likely to get back to the good ole' days of Mayor Anthony Williams.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | October 1, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

I'm not making any inference about the substance of the two comments, but

"Kenk3...And stop being a coward on the blogs and identify yourself. Right, u would never do that little man...
Bill

Posted by: BILLJA"

Why is KenK3 any less identifying than BILLJA?

Posted by: chrisny2 | October 1, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

So, DeBonis, are you the de facto chairman of Fenty's writein campaign? It seems that at least every other day, you're trying to gin up support for this futile effort.

Have you not learned from the WaPo's editorial heads (Armao and Hiatt) that people in this city are not as vulnerable to propaganda as you would hope?

Get over it. Fenty and Rhee are not irreplaceable. Find something else to write about, or is your reservoir of ideas that empty?

Posted by: shame_the_devil | October 1, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

As an DC voter registered as "independent," I certainly will write-in Adrian Fenty for mayor.

Posted by: johng1 | October 1, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

@DCJUSTICE; THUMBS UP TO YOU!!!!

Posted by: stoneyuptwn | October 1, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/RunFentyRun?ref=ts

Posted by: Postpost44 | October 1, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Progess has no Party.

Run Fenty Run

I will happily write in Fenty..
4 more years

Posted by: pdv1 | October 1, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

If any of you out there would just ask your children how much they love the parks and rec centers, modernized and safer schools instead of caring about getting your own little agenda across you would quickly be able to see that progress has no party. The fighting amongst Grays "key supporters" to gobble up titles and positions is disgusting.

Its a shame that Rhee is up to be promoted by Obama, yet the ignorant reverse racism in DC will take her away to other citys with open arms. The people you hire says alot about your character, Rhee and Lanier have been great for people of all races. Debonis has been the most equal reporter in this campaign, and calls it how he sees it, he's dropped bombs on both camps to get the the truth. The number of dems, repubs and independents combined for progress will be enough to topple the million dollar tyranny of the teachers unions and special interests Gray has lined up.

I will be writing in Mayor Fenty on Nov 2nd.


Posted by: REALWARD4DC | October 1, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

If that is the case, we know you voted for Gray!

Posted by: GoldCoast | October 1, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Kenk3 wrote: uneducated people voted for Gray.
---------

If that is the case, we know you voted for Gray!

Posted by: GoldCoast | October 1, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

White people, get over it. It's a done deal.

Posted by: StLou | October 1, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Please DeBonis stop with this BULL.

The Fenty supporters are really freaking out every time you print this sorry axx story.

If Fenty wins by a "write-in campaign" than the residents of DC would truly be asleep at the wheel.

The nightmare of the past three years for many DC residents is over, you, Fenty supporters, and the WP should set back and wait until the next primary election.

Keep stirring the pot and keep this city divided. Besides, Fenty's new Godfather from New York will give him a six figure job.

Posted by: guylady201001 | October 1, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

REALWARD4DC,

What you smokin'? I'd like to get a bag for this weekend. Holler at me!

Posted by: shame_the_devil | October 1, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Fenty for parks, rec centers, school modernization and safer schools but what about a circummium for learning. Do you think the fire/hire program is working in the school system, who is it hurting, teachers and students. Not one person who has a response has addressed the three R's. Do you have any idea what is being taught in the schools today. Do you care what is being taught, this is the subject and what matters. If you care, find out what is being taught, if you disagree, make it known. If you have the time help out, or donate what ever you can to make this school system the best. Wake up DC and stop complaining and ask questions, and see what you can do.

Peace

Posted by: manningf9 | October 1, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Dear Kenk3
how dare you call the people of dc that voted for Gray as uneducated. What you are saying is that Black folks are uneducated. Many Blacks in this city and whites voted for Gray that have college degrees. Remember this that just because a person has a degree does not mean that they are smarter. A few people are just mad because they did not win. You have no interest in DCPS STUDENTS AND NEITHER DOES RHEE. She is not the great korean warrior that has come to save our children. Her and Fenty can be replaced and they are other people who can do a better job and be more qualified. It is quite obvious that racism exist in this town.

Posted by: bubbles3863 | October 1, 2010 7:07 PM | Report abuse

to kenk3: I voted for Gray and I have 2 master's degrees. Who's uneducated now? You're an idiot.

Posted by: UrbanDweller | October 1, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Folks don't you get. Don't think for one minute Fenty is not behind the Write-in campaign.

Posted by: gordonbundy | October 1, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Folks don't you get it?

Don't think for one minute Fenty is not behind the Write-in campaign.

Posted by: gordonbundy | October 1, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Folks don't you get it?

Don't think for one minute Fenty is not behind the Write-in campaign.

Posted by: gordonbundy | October 1, 2010 8:41 PM | Report abuse

kenk3, what an ignorant and racist remark to make by saying, people that voted for King Fenty are uneducated. I have an undergraduate and graduate degrees from Howard & Georgetown Universities.

RealWard4DC, you aren't for real. I have used this screen name for several years on this blog. Get a life please because you and the rest of the King Fenty nuts are pathetic.

Native Washingtonian
Ward 4 D.C. Resident/Voter

Posted by: Ward4DC | October 1, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

What I love about this FB effort is that if you check out the people on it, many are from VA, MD, and even WV. Hmmm. I dont think they can vote or even have a voice in our politics. There are also 3 post for discussion on the FB and 2 out of 3 are from VA residents. Give me a break...if you want a voice, move to DC and pay some taxes. I'm sick of all these out town people putting their nose in the city's business!! We dont have voting rights for a rep in Congress...our elections are our voice. So butt out.

Posted by: DCJUSTICE | October 1, 2010 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Well said DCJUSTICE.

Posted by: Ward4DC | October 1, 2010 10:41 PM | Report abuse

I am a 72 year old Black man and educated.
When Mr. Fenty first ran for Mayor my wife and I were split on voting for him. She was for him and I was not. I had a gut feeling about him and I spelled out several important points why he would lose the respect of some Black people. Each point I brought to her attention came true. She now wishes she had not voted for him. I will give him his "props" He has done a lot of good things for the city along with Ms. Rhee but they both have to realize there is a way to treat people and involve the entire community in their decisions. His style of governing appeals to many whites and that was shown in the voting. Many Blacks saw signs of arrogance and not relating to the Black community. For me Mr. Gray has a aura wherein he doesn't have to say a word but I can "feel" him. I never receive that from Mr.Fenty or Ms.Rhee. They are both good people with good intentions but black people "just know" what they know. This is my honest opinion.

Posted by: DA1129 | October 2, 2010 12:11 AM | Report abuse

DA1129

I am felling you.

Thanks for a great and sane post.

Posted by: guylady201001 | October 2, 2010 7:21 AM | Report abuse

As a former Chicagoan who knows what racial division is really about, I say –“Washingtonians of all colors –either you come together, lean in and figure this out or when the prisons open their doors, and the “brothas’ come home, the District will be in real trouble.” When I first came here, the first thing I heard about was, “East of the River” and “West of the Park”. What I would love to hear about now, is Blacks Whites, Asians and Latinos, saying, “Pick up the other end of that bag of money and let’s get it to the bank.” One of the reasons the U.S. is falling behind in the world is because as American citizens, we’re still fighting amongst ourselves, while India, China and even Brazil are rushing to the bank. With the number of African American descendents the U.S.–had it been smart--could have educated Blacks, sent them to Africa to bring back the deals on resources, sales on U.S. products and the like. Instead, both the very rich as well as the working poor Whites felt “White Supremacy” was much more tenable than having our country as number one in innovation, education and global deals. Even now, the first time D.C. Blacks have come together across color, class, and economic lines to use their franchise rather than rioting, is met with a White “sore loser”, “Oh, G--, what will we do” attitude. Folks, either we pull this train together, or the formally incarcerated are going to take your money from your taxes or simply knock you in the head and take it! Your choice!

Posted by: therandreedgroup | October 2, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Write in Fenty on Nov. 2, 2010. Over 72,000 people did not get to vote in the primary. Why should not ALL the residents get a say in deciding who the Mayor should be? Even Gray can not deny the fact that he voted for EACH and EVERY measure Adrian Fenty proposed. In fact, when WCP asked Gray which policy of Fenty's he voted against or would overrule, he could not answer the question. I support the Mayor because I believe in PROGRESS and not EMPTY PROMISES!

Posted by: AmandaBroadnax | October 2, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

@AmandaBroadnax

You are a perfect example of the white "sore losers" described in the 9:39 am post from therandreegroup.

Since Fenty is out and has graciously accepted this fact, where does that leave folks like you. Still pushing the racial divide and look crazier by the day.

Posted by: guylady201001 | October 2, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

I can't wait to write in Fenty's name. Many of you sound TERRIFIED of this movement. You should be - we're going to bring an end to your closed system and its disenfranchisement. We're taking this city back! A vote for Fenty is a vote for rational, sane, good governance. WRITE FENTY IN NOVEMBER 2ND!

Posted by: asuka1 | October 2, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

asuka1...i cannot stop laughing at your post. You have been defending Fenty for months. And anytime a report brings up a problem w/Fenty you attack. You say a vote for Fenty is a vote for rational, sane goverance...when Colbert King wrote about Fenty's defeat you responded:

He hasn't won yet, you racist, sexist bigot.

Posted by: asuka1 | September 15, 2010 1:39 AM | Report abuse

You can go right ahead and help in ending the disenfranchisement that you have participated in for so many years, and which that brought Fenty to power in 2006. If we want to end disenfranchisement, we need to change the law and allow open primaries.

Like Fenty has told many, this continued fight only hurts the city. With that, Fenty's major donors are holding a fundraiser for Gray.

Get a grip on reality.

Posted by: DCJUSTICE | October 3, 2010 1:06 AM | Report abuse

It feels like the uneducated voted for Gray because Gray never told voters exactly how he intends to improve the city,continue school reform, or what his major goals will be if elected. So those uneducated voted for hate Fenty and no clear picture from Gray. This city deserves better! Fenty has clear objectives and accomplishments and he has delivered. Even Gray could not think of any programs he would change. Write in the man who will deliver.

Posted by: voter20 | October 3, 2010 8:01 AM | Report abuse

This is called a push polling, made infamous by Lee Atwater and used against John McCain and President Obama. The Mayor clearly believes in polling or this would to be happening.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Push_polling

Vincent Gray is not Marion Barry, notwithstannding Fenty campaign talking points.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Push_polling

Joseph Martin / Petworth Resident
Executive Office of Mayor Fenty
Mayor's Office on Community Relations and Services
January 2, 2007-October 4, 2010.

Posted by: EastofthePark | October 3, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

The CFO has announced that in FY11, that started on Oct 1, DC Govt has a 115 million dollar deficit. To this news Council Chair Gray requested Mayor Fenty to immediately institute a hiring and promotion freeze.

Adrian Fenty's response: Silence.

Well, not really, what most don't know is that Fenty is frantically reassigning his appointees into various government agencies to protect their sweetheart jobs and exorbitant salaries. In many instances he is placing them in agencies who have nothing for them to do, but he tells the agency heads to FIND something for them to do.

Imagine that, Fenty has folks in his administration taking in a salary in excess of 100k with nothing for them to do.

If that is progress, it is progress that this city can no longer afford.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | October 3, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Voter20 try educating yourself on the election. Even the Post has talked about how in depth Gray's plans are for the city. Your statement clearly shows who was not educated. It is so frustrating listening to people who have no facts and continue to spew lies. Even Fenty has now endorsed Gray and has said with Gray's education plan (very detailed plan), education reform will continue. The primary is over and the divisive nature of this campaign must end. If you want to continue supporting Fenty, do so with facts and not with this continual line of complete nonsense.

Posted by: DCJUSTICE | October 3, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

The law allows for citizens to have a write in campaign for Fenty in the general election. What is the problem? It is the law! If your candidate has the support of all of the people then he will win convincingly. It seems Gray does not have all of the support of the City and those that do not want to vote for him have the legal right to write in their favorite candidate's name. It seems to me Gray has alot of work to do outside of ward 4,5,7 and 8. Alot of work!

Posted by: c10655 | October 4, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

@c10655: Have at it. It is quite weird for folks to be pouring resources into a candidate who says he doesn't want the job and has supported his party victor from the primary.

You may as well write in Sarah Palin. Who knows, she just may well take the job.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | October 4, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

It's sad that Fenty/Rhee and the Post refuse to accept the results of the primary. Stop the sore-loser nonsense, move on, and welcome the new mayor, Vincent Gray, and his team of new appointees for Chancellor, police chief, etc.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | October 4, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

"I will be writing in Mayor Fenty on Nov 2nd.

Posted by: REALWARD4DC | October 1, 2010 6:03 PM"
_____________

Whatever.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | October 4, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

The fact is that half of the City voted against Gray. He lost wards 1,2,3 and 6. I think he has a long way to go to be the Mayor of One City. It makes perfect sense to write in Mayor Fenty's name for those wards that voted for him. The Gray supporters can be in denial but he is going to have too earned the support of the entire city and prove his leadership. If Rhee leaves and the achievement numbers drop and he hires back those bad teachers he will never get the respect and support of the whole City. Never! Winning the election doesn't mean he is everyone's Mayor, that will have to be earned. Winning the election means he won wards 4,5,7 and 8 and no more and no less. Let's see how much you like him when he starts cutting services and raising taxes to cover the budget shortfall! Let's see how is going to produce all of these jobs for people? uhmmm...

Posted by: c10655 | October 4, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

The Fenty write-in campaigners and the South African "afrikaners" seem to have a lot in common: an unwillingness to accept the will of the majority.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | October 4, 2010 9:21 PM | Report abuse

c10655, go back to reading the latest issue of the Ron Paul Newsletter and watching Hannity and Beck.

Fenty/Rhee lost. Gray won. Move on.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | October 4, 2010 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Like I said, let's see the achievement numbers once Rhee leaves. Let's see the crime stats once Lanier is gone then we can really see the level of stupidity that exist. Majority won and the majority owns the results as well. I hope for the sake of our City our schools will not go back to being a national joke. The city is deeply divided and only results will bring the city together. Let's see the results! Until then I am writing in the name of candidate that gave us results!

Posted by: c10655 | October 4, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

10655, you are probably the only person in the area who believes the school and crime data. Rhee is great at self-promotion and PR but not good at real results. Crime levels werebetter under Ramsey.

Find it odd that, after the Washington Post said Rhee would be flooded by offers from other school districts after the primary, not a single school district has been reported to have expressed any interest in Michelle A. Rhee, her masking tape, or her broom? Newark-nope. Montgomery County-don't call us, we'll call you. Detroit-naaah. Atlanta-are you nuts? Why is that?


Posted by: broadwayjoe | October 4, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Broadway, the schools were a national JOKE! How can you say there was no improvement. They were an embarrassment to our nation. Our schools were at the level of a 3rd world country. The facts: She is being courted by Newark,Oakland,Atlanta and Houston. She is a national star and a international celebrity. She is much bigger than DC and I agree she needs to leave these fools behind and watch the District go back to a 3rd world education! She has already visited one school district. The line is very long to hire her! You need to get the facts correct! Now you are in denial about the achievement numbers and crime stats..UNBELIEVABLE! Ramsey was a bum and was fired! Gray is going to destroy every bit of progress! Next you are going to tell me that the crack smoking ladies man was a great 4 term Mayor for the people!!..Unbelievably! We are in serious trouble!

Posted by: c10655 | October 4, 2010 11:02 PM | Report abuse

The last time I checked, the election on Sep 14 was a primary - the real election for mayor will be on Nov 2. Write in Adrian M Fenty. Your vote will count on Nov 2.

Posted by: SW-DCWaterfront | October 5, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

A voter can vote for anyone they want...Fenty has endorsed Gray and now his major fundraisers are now behind Gray. This was a nasty primary and we need to be less divisive.

Also, I'm a Gray supporter who likes Rhee, but I'm disappointed that she hasnt tried harder to stay. The only thing she needs to do is be more transparent about her decision making. That is part of democracy.

One of the major problems I've had with this administration is the playing w/stats and screwing with the numbers to get the result they want. That is not good gov't. School stats, crime stats...especially juvie stats have been misrepresented. Murder rates are down, but rapes, robberies, burglaries are all up. Juvie crime WAY up. Stats have been completely misused in this city over the past few years. We need to be honest w/the residents of DC. Honesty really isnt that hard.

Posted by: DCJUSTICE | October 5, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

I think your points are well taken but there is alot of frustration in certain parts of the community. Whether you believe the numbers were manufactured or not(I believe the numbers) the fact remains that the Fenty administration improved crime over the last 3 years and even though all areas have not improved. Violent crime and fatalities are down which is amazing during a tough economy. Before the Fenty administration the numbers were off the charts(look at the Barry years). To say that education has not drastically improve is to be dishonest and deserves no response. Juvenile crime has come a long way since the Oak Hill days and there are more low income housing units than every before. He opened up grocery stores and restaurants in Ward 7 and 8. Alot of us do not understand how a Mayor than has done a terrific job improving city services and education gets thrown out. He gets defeated by candidate with no new ideas, no plan, no platform, no consensus and wins because he is not Fenty. He is now running around in Wards 1,2,3 asking for their support and wondering why no one respects him. You can deny the numbers and the progress but the truth is what it is. I guess when the education system goes back to 3rd world status they will say those numbers are manufactured and deny the school system is going backwards. I hope you realize that once Rhee leaves the District, Gray will never get the respect and support of wards 1,2,3 and 6. You will get the transparency along with a 3rd rate education (just like the good old days!) The school system for the first time in 30yrs has increased in enrollment. You think that was by chance? You think they are manufacturing the enrollment numbers ? You think Rhee and Fenty are not responsible?There is a strong chance that the Gray supporters along with the Teachers Union will get what they want which is job security and a 3rd rate education. It is not REFORM it is REVERSAL!

Posted by: c10655 | October 5, 2010 8:44 PM | Report abuse

c10655-Why do so many Fenty supporters act like Barry was the mayor prior to Fenty? Did we forget that Williams was mayor for 8 years...Williams started many of the changes we are seeing today. Those restaurants and grocery stores that are up and running, started when? Come on...do a little research. These all started under Williams. The mayor you forgot.

Many of your comments are not factual and not supported by the U.S. Dept. of Ed stats regarding DC's education progress over the last 12 years (again, you forgot the Williams' years)...You are correct that juvie crime has come a long way, it is up 8.5 percent and juvies now make up over 30 percent of violent crimes in the city and the last 4 murders in the city all committed by juvies (read the Post stories and Colbert King). WOW....what progress?

You are so off base with the rest of your rambling that it deserves no response.

I never thought when I posted that I SUPPORT Rhee, but wished for transparency that I would receive such an emotional response.

This is prime example of the divisive nature of this campaign and how disrespectful people have become...kudos to you for reminding me.

BTW, I'm white, I have a doctorate (not a teacher), my job doesnt depend on Gray, and I live in upper NW.

Posted by: DCJUSTICE | October 5, 2010 10:00 PM | Report abuse

I am glad for your race and your education, not quite sure what it means. I have 2 masters and I own a business. I employ people and give them real opportunity. You want to talk about juvenile crime, I will say 2 words Rafel Edmonds in the 80"s and 90's"..you have a real short memory!You want to talk about Juvenile murders..Rafael Edmonds! Every weekend teenagers were shot dead on the streets. Anthony Williams did a good job getting the city back on solid financial footing but basically had enough of the nonsense and walked away before he was voted out. Every politicians starts programs, getting them funded and completed is everything! Wake Up! Stop going back to pass politicians that never completed things..Geez! Next you are going to tell me that school reform was started by our last Chancellor. Come on..wake up! You bleeding hart liberals destroy everything and you blame everybody but yourself. Let's see how Gray performs?Let's see where school reform/reversal goes?Liberals like you will be the first to fight for change then leave the city once you get mugged. Make sure you vote for Gray in November..I'm not! Oh yeah about disrespect, I guess booing Mayor Fenny at every event is not disrespectful! Shouting him down and not shaking his hand and cursing at him during the campaign is not disrespectful! You give him no respect but you want us to respect your guy. You liberals make me sick!

Posted by: c10655 | October 5, 2010 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Well, I just got called something for the first time a LIBERAL. This is sooo funny b/c you clearly dont know me. AGAIN, I support Rhee and I've never disrespected the Mayor. I've just voiced my concern, as one is allowed to do in a democracy. I've even complained that Fenty is too liberal and needed to be more middle of the road.

I gave you my race and education b/c I'm tired of being lumped into a group, like you just did. I guess I should have given you my party affiliation, background, and political views as well. Again, you are prime example of the divisive nature of this campaign.

I love name calling, it is so first grade.

FYI...I'm done with the back and forth.

Posted by: DCJUSTICE | October 6, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

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