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Posted at 10:24 AM ET, 10/13/2010

Fenty may take teaching job at Oberlin

By Washington Post Editors

Update, 12:30 p.m.

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty confirmed that he is in talks with alma mater Oberlin College to teach political science there in the future. Asked why he would want to do so, Fenty laughed and asked, "Besides that it's the greatest school?

More seriously, Fenty said it's still premature to talk about his future, a month after his loss in the Democratic primary to Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray. But he said he is on the hunt for a job.

"I'm literally exploring everything," he said in an interview after he shared the stage at the Mayflower with Gray, schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee and her interim replacement Kaya Henderson.

The mayor also fielded questions about the write-in campaign being led by a handful of his supporters and former campaign staff. Fenty downplayed the write-in campaign and said he will not declare himself as a write-in candidate. But he coyly answered a question about whether he would accept a write-in nomination if enough votes are cast for him. He repeatedly said he is backing Gray.

"I committed to support the Democratic nominee," Fenty said. "I think Vincent Gray will be a great mayor."

Later he said, "Vincent Gray will be mayor...If he needs me, I'll be there."

Fenty said department directors are currently preparing briefings for a future Gray administration.

Earlier post.

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, now on the market for a job, may be teaching political science at Oberlin College, his alma mater, a spokesman for the college confirmed Wednesday.

Oberlin President Marvin Krislov and Fenty "exchanged e-mails...and both expressed interest in the possibility of him teaching," Scott Wargo said in an e-mail. "The idea was passed along to the politics department and they are exploring options. This would have to be approved by the faculty and at this point there is no timetable."

The mayor's office did not confirm inquiries about job hunting at the Ohio college.
Fenty lost his primary re-election bid to Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray last month.

--Nikita Stewart

By Washington Post Editors  | October 13, 2010; 10:24 AM ET
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Is there a strong LGBT presence at Oberlin? This may be en excellent personal move for Adrian. A chance to step out of the matrix, put some space between himself,that woman in the Jimmy Choo's who bore his children, and the dreadful parasites from the DL (Neal,Jair,David you know who you are) who have used and abused him.

Could luck finding yourself again Adrian. I always had a soft spot for the earnest young man you once were.

Posted by: SoCali | October 13, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Is there a strong LGBT presence at Oberlin? This may be en excellent personal move for Adrian. A chance to step out of the matrix, put some space between himself,that woman in the Jimmy Choo's who bore his children, and the dreadful parasites from the DL (Neal,Jair,David you know who you are) who have used and abused him.

Could luck finding yourself again Adrian. I always had a soft spot for the earnest young man you once were.

Posted by: SoCali | October 13, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Proposed course title: "How to totally alienate the polity in just four years despite making plenty of progress across the board."

Posted by: mendelsonmustgo | October 13, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, and he'll ignore his students, too.

Posted by: linroy62 | October 13, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

I'm all for Adrian finding a job out of town, but it would be very unfair to Oberlin students if they gave him a professorship. (Other than as the "celebrity figurehead" part of a team, with a real political science scholar doing the actual teaching.) The sorry fact is that Adrian simply isn't very bright.

Posted by: nan_lynn | October 13, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

I'm all for Adrian finding a job out of town, but it would be very unfair to Oberlin students if they gave him a professorship. (Other than as the "celebrity figurehead" part of a team, with a real political science scholar doing the actual teaching.) The sorry fact is that Adrian simply isn't very bright.

Posted by: nan_lynn | October 13, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

What would he teach? The man can not even speak for Goodness sake!!!!

Posted by: msdooby1 | October 13, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

What words have ever spilled out of Adrian Fenty's mouth that lead anyone to believe that he is qualified to teach at a top-tier liberal arts college? Will he teach Using Unnecessarily Large Words Only Sort of in Context 101 and How To Say Nothing Intelligent in 1000 Words or More 101?

I happen to think Fenty's heart was in the right place as mayor but that the fact that he is of average intelligence, at best, coupled with a raging case of conceit got in the way. He was a mediocre, at best, lawyer and was about to be disbarred for botching cases before he was elected. When does the Peter Principle kick in on this dude?

Posted by: flotsam3 | October 13, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

This is interesting, and possibly meant to deceive.

The other day in Trader Joes in Bethesda, someone made a point of telling me that Fenty, backed by Republicans and others, was planning to run as a write-on in Nov. 2.

Stupidly, I said: "But Gray is already Mayor."

No, Gray is not now Mayor. He won the Democratic primary in Sept. That's all.

The strategy, this intelligent stranger explained to me, was that those who want Fenty gone in 60 seconds would make a similar mistake and not turn out on Nov. 2 to vote again for Gray.

Then, two days ago, there was an advert for a Fenty write-in campaign on my Facebook page. (Yeah, right.)

Run away, Fenty, run away to Ohio or wherever.

Please go now, before you totally destroy D.C.'s rental housing stock, as your evil supporters are plotting.

If you support Gray for Mayor, remember to vote again on Tuesday Nov. 2!

Posted by: peartree | October 13, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Brilliant, Peartree. Just brilliant.

Posted by: flotsam3 | October 13, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

I do believe Fenty is funding the write in campaign. There is too many of his core people for his hand not to be behind it. And he did the same thing in Ward 7, a few years ago running a candidate against Yvette Alexander but not working to closely.

He is such a weird guy that way.


But he doesn't want to work for Oberlin college. He wants a seven figure position. The only thing ---is that in this write in campaign--if it is transparent to me---it is crystal to someone else, he is behind it.

Posted by: CultureClub | October 13, 2010 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Oh what a web we weave King Fenty. Please take the teaching position at liberal Oberlin College, if a position is offered to you. While you are at it, please take Gabe Klein with you. He's such an arrogant midget.

SoCali, do you know something about the mayor's sex life or sexual preference we don't know? Please don't tell me, he's not like the former Democratic Governor of New Jersey who slept with men on the downlow? If so, you had better call Miss Oprah.

Posted by: ConservativeDemocrat | October 13, 2010 10:40 PM | Report abuse

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