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'Write Fenty In' campaign launches Web site

writefentyin.jpgThe Write Fenty In campaign is now more than a Facebook group: It's a Web site.

The site, featuring a re-purposed version of Mayor Adrian Fenty's official campaign logo, reads: "A long shot? Perhaps. But doable, if we work at it? You better believe it. You - and only you - can make it happen. Time is short, the challenge is great, but WE CAN DO THIS!"

That Facebook group is humming, in any case: As colleague Tim Craig notes, with more than 5,000 members it has more fans than Democratic nominee Vincent Gray's Facebook page. Of course, there's no telling how many of them are actually District voters. Also: Keep in mind Fenty lost to Gray by more than 13,000 votes.

A disclaimer on the site says it's the work of the "Save DC Now" political action committee and "is not affiliated or endorsed by Adrian Fenty."

A spokesman for the Office of Campaign Finance said today that the PAC incorporated last week. Its chair is Ellie Anderson, a die-hard Fenty backer from Ward 4. The media contact listed is John Hlinko -- a self-described "Buzz Czar" who organizes social media campaigns for "grassroots advocacy."

Here is where I explain why this has no chance of succeeding.

By Mike DeBonis  | October 5, 2010; 1:15 PM ET
Categories:  Adrian Fenty, DCision 2010, The District  | Tags:  Adrian Fenty, Run Fenty Run, Write Fenty In, futility, write in  
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Great news! Although I did not ask for this, which I think is a stupid idea from those who don't want to relinquish power and $$$ go ahead so we can give Fenty a black eye on the other side of his face. Some people just don't know when to quit!!!

Posted by: dcchamp1 | October 5, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

The Write-In campaign will fail miserably. What a joke.

Posted by: ObjectiveReader1 | October 5, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Please. Stop. Covering. This.

Posted by: Aerowaz | October 5, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Gray will win the general election. But is more important to me is the citizens will have an opportunity to make the Attorney General's job an ELECTED one. THIS is what the WP should be talking about instead of all of this race baiting.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | October 5, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

I will happily write in Fenty

Posted by: pdv1 | October 5, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Why don't some of these die hard fans of Fenty spend some of their energy trying to fight against the high child poverty rate in DC?

Almost half of DC black children live in poverty and that rate grew by double digits under Fenty.

This is criminal. Yet all Ellie Anderson and others want to celebrate is more bike lanes, latte shops and restaurants.

It is great that libraries, rec centers and schools are being renovated but we know those were in the works pre-Fenty and libraries are not the same as affordable housing and rec centers won't pay the bills.

Posted by: letsbereal2 | October 5, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Everyone google john hlinko and can then see where John Hlinko is posting on various blogs (not connected to DC) and telling people Fenty "narrowly" lost the primary. By posting on various blogs, chatrooms, message boards, and PAYING for advertising on Facebook (note: Gray's page is not advertised or placed on multiple blogs for recognition)...people from ALL over the country and surrounding jurisdictions are clicking the "like" button on the facebook page. Like I've said b/f people as far away as TX have liked the page. I noticed the posting are on many progressive sites that would be friendly to Fenty supporters. Not a bad strategy to get some press...not bad at all. Just disappointed the Post couldnt do some digging to figure this out. I agree w/the article that the numbers just arent there, especially since non-DC voters cannot vote here on Nov 2nd.

Posted by: DCJUSTICE | October 5, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Gray folks are running scared. LOL. I can tell by their crazy comments. Write in Fenty and restore sanity back into DC politics.

Posted by: WP123456 | October 5, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

I am very dissapointed that Fenty did not get reelected he made some very possitive changes in the District. Its not a matter of Black and White but Economics. Vincent Gray is not for the kind of change the City needs, and if he is it will be slow in comming. becaus he will be expected to apease those folks who voted for him who did not like the changes that Fenty and Rhee were about,we shall see.

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

I am very dissapointed that Fenty did not get reelected he made some very possitive changes in the District. Its not a matter of Black and White but Economics. Vincent Gray is not for the kind of change the City needs, and if he is it will be slow in comming. becaus he will be expected to apease those folks who voted for him who did not like the changes that Fenty and Rhee were about,we shall see.

Posted by: Elainecruz | October 5, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

NO, keep it coming tell me the Republican strategies for Nov 2. This is getting out the votes! Trying to divide the city, wards, race, economic background and Democrat party.

Posted by: drfields | October 5, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

I guess write-in campaigns are fun for those who put this together. As someone who was involved in one for Anthony Williams I know that they are both difficult and require huge resources. The campaign for Anthony Williams had a budget of $1.5 million, was for a candidate who participated, one who had never lost an election, and it was against an opponent who didn't have a chance and wasn't well liked.

The write-in campaign for Fenty is for a candidate who has lost, a candidate who has already endorsed the winner of the election Vincent Gray.

Adrian Fenty apparently has a lot more class than some of the people involved in this campaign and understands that for the good of the District we must recognize the results of the election, which wasn't even close, and join together to continue to make progress. He has already set in motion the transition team for his administration.

Another reason that this is wrong is that the people behind this don't recognize that with this effort they make Mayor Fenty a two time loser. That doesn't help him as he works to rebuild his future. I think Adrian Fenty did some wonderful things for the City and I hope that he finds a job that will allow him to continue to contribute to society and to support his family.

Posted by: peterdc | October 6, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

I wish Mayor Fenty would publicly disavow this write-in effort and ask people to stop. It does not move this city forward. It is needlessly divisive.

And it also shows that these supposed "supporters" of Fenty think he's a bad leader, because they won't follow his lead by accepting the voice of the electorate.

So, what's the REAL reason they are doing this?

Posted by: Kathy8 | October 6, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Aerowaz said it best.

Posted by: DCResident22 | October 6, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Oh, for goodness sake. Why do the readers of this blog get so hot and bothered when someone exercises there right to do anything? Writing Fenty in is a way to feel like we have a voice in the election, particularly for those who are registerd as an Independent or Republican voter. If he doesn't win, he doesn't win. I'm just happy to be able to have some sort of choice in the general election. Now...if the city were to do away with the closed primary business, maybe then you could wag your finger about being a sore loser...but until then...

Posted by: Tunafish2 | October 7, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

The Fenty write-in campaign is a typical sore loser operation and the longer Fenty keeps quiet the more convinced we will be of his complicity in this effort. Why not try to show he has some class and make a statement calling for people to respect the results of the primary. Anyone know why DCPS withdrew approval for Gray to use school facilities for some of his town hall meetings? Looks like the prince and the witch have teamed up again.

Posted by: lightkeeper | October 9, 2010 12:53 AM | Report abuse

Gray is still not saying if he will keep Michelle Rhee until AFTER the election. This is decitful on Gray's part and it shows how little he thinks the voters should know about how he will run the city. Vote for Fenty who has done the most to improve the city.

Posted by: voter20 | October 11, 2010 7:59 AM | Report abuse

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