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Posted at 7:04 AM ET, 09/17/2010

Fenty wins! (As a GOP write-in)

By Debbi Wilgoren

D.C. Democrats may have rejected Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's bid for a second term at the polls on Tuesday, but the city's tiny Republican minority doesn't want to see him go.

A whopping 822 Republicans penned in Fenty's name on the write-in spot on the GOP ballot, according to unofficial results released Friday morning by the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics. With no declared Republican candidate competing for the mayoral nomination in the primary, that's enough to put Fenty--a lifelong Democrat--on November's ballot as a Republican.

But don't hold your breath. Fenty has endorsed Democratic nominee Vincent C. Gray in the general election and has said publicly and repeatedly that he has no interest in running as a Republican or independent. He said Wednesday that he would not accept the nomination no matter how many registered Republicans wrote him in.

Were he interested in facing Gray in November, Fenty--who won 45 percent of the Democratic vote Tuesday compared to 54 percent for Gray--would have to register as a Republican and affirm the write-in candidacy by 4:45 p.m. today, the third day after the election. Again, don't count on it.

By Debbi Wilgoren  | September 17, 2010; 7:04 AM ET
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Thanks Special_One40 for your nonsensical comment. I'm african-american and I whole-heartedly support Fenty, so there goes your sill agenda.

If there's one thing that's clear to me now, is that we need a larger moderate/conservative voice in the District. D.C. desperately needs some balance.

Posted by: bart1979 | September 17, 2010 7:43 AM | Report abuse

LOL

Posted by: msdooby1 | September 17, 2010 7:43 AM | Report abuse

Just as I suspected - Fenty is an in the closet Republican in disguise. One of the biggest mistakes he made was thinking that he could run a city government like a corporation with his insensitive attitude "I will do whatever I want - to heck with rules and regulations - I will fire anybody who gets in my way!" He has this corporate mentality that just don't jive with a city government. I am sick of him and Rhee - their heartless, nasty, arrogant attitudes are pathethic. Can they both leave today? See ya, wouldn't want to be ya!!!

Posted by: swil | September 17, 2010 7:56 AM | Report abuse

I guess that's what Obama is going for. He had a Super-majority and still felt he had to run everything past the GOP.

Obama has been a good friend to Republicans and he WILL end up EXTENDING BUSH's TAX CUTS.

Obama is a sellout and undercover Republican.

Posted by: question-guy | September 17, 2010 8:19 AM | Report abuse

Just wait a few years folks when the city will not be majority black anymore. This does NOT mean it will be majority white, just that no race will claim the majority. It saddens me that we have to wait a few more years for racism to decline in DC so we can move this city forward.

I will wait.

Posted by: johng1 | September 17, 2010 8:51 AM | Report abuse

Gee, the Republicans think he's one of their own. Interesting.

Posted by: forgetthis | September 17, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Fenty has no one to blame but himself for losing the election.

Posted by: divi3 | September 17, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse

Um, stereotypers...

Republicans who live in DC aren't quite the Bible-thumping, Palin-loving people who vote for right wingers in the Deep South.

Posted by: mikecapitolhill | September 17, 2010 9:03 AM | Report abuse

Fenty was obviously way too successful and uncorrupt for the dregs in DC.

Posted by: ArlingtonHokie | September 17, 2010 9:04 AM | Report abuse

I do agree that we need a more fiscally conservative government here in the District. With a billion dollar surplus coming in, there is no reason the city should be facing a threat to it's bond rating. That is because of deficit spending on special interest pet projects and inflated crony contracting.

That said, I'd prefer a blue dog democrat. NEVER a Republican. The party of Lincoln is long ago dead.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | September 17, 2010 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Something is not making sense to me. Because the citizens of DC are currently majority African American and the majority of the citizens voted out an African-American mayor, how in the heck is this racism??? News flash -- The citizens of DC did not vote Fenty out because of his race, it was because of his arrogant, non-chalant, forget my contituents who put me in office attitude. Let's get real here. Fenty is favored by the Causcians of the city because that is who he catered to, while the African-Americans where an after thought. Is that a racist attitude?

Posted by: swil | September 17, 2010 9:13 AM | Report abuse

I guess that's what Obama is going for. He had a Super-majority and still felt he had to run everything past the GOP.

Obama has been a good friend to Republicans and he WILL end up EXTENDING BUSH's TAX CUTS.

Obama is a sellout and undercover Republican.
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So I'm wondering what your plan is for November. Voting Republican, because if you vote Democrat, you're secretly voting Republican, and you hope it works the other way too?

Obama's not a sellout, he's naive. He proposes centrist ideas, the Republicans paint it as socialism because they want to stop the majority party from getting their way and the vast majority of their party base and those crucial independant voters don't know what socialism is. Then he makes concessions to Republicans to uphold his centrist credentials. Then Republicans still don't vote for it, and Congress pushes it through with the supermajority and Republicans point to inconsequential human-interest stories to tell you they were right before the bill has actually gone into effect.

I don't even know why I still vote.

Posted by: joshlct | September 17, 2010 9:14 AM | Report abuse

Michelle Rhee lost the democratic primary for Mayor Fenty. She came in as a novice, bull-headed and with complete disregard for consensus or flexibility. Nontransparency is what the Fenty administration was - running a government like a corporation - you will lose every time! Rhee had plenty of chances to rethink her strategies and meet with parents, so that they could understand why their children were being transferred from one school to another. She didn't want to listen. And, why transfer a popular teacher? Who was she listening to? Not the parents. From many people that I have talked to in the nation's capital, she gets a big fat "D" for dumb, deaf, do-it-my-way mentality!! Fenty gave her too much leverage and the results are he's out of a job! From the very beginning, the newspaper journalists and everyday citizens were alarmed at her professional character when dealing with the inner-city schools and the parents. The teachers' union did their job - getting rid of Rhee!

Posted by: periodot | September 17, 2010 9:22 AM | Report abuse

swil, please explain to me how Fenty catered only to white people (this being another ghetto rumor).

For instance, I am white and live in NE DC. We are predominantly black here, but yet we got a brand new recreation center (Turkey Thicket), proposals for dog parks (rejected, but proposed), bike lanes, speed cameras etc. Our local school was completely revamped. etc. etc. etc.

How is this different from the white areas?

Posted by: johng1 | September 17, 2010 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Wash Post, keep hope alive.
He lost
I knew this article was coming.

Fenty is from DC. Thus he (should) know that this move and a win by him this way = assasination. His

Posted by: morrisday1 | September 17, 2010 9:30 AM | Report abuse

...because the DC public schools were doing just fine prior to Rhee. They were leveraging one of the highest spends per student in the nation, and preparing the DC youth to be successful...

Posted by: BT23 | September 17, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Hopefully, the really angry Burb posters do not carry concealed weapons - other than their voice boxes!Remember DC gun rules...even with our new gun stores - are they open yet? I hear they will be near the Capitol and painted red.

Posted by: judithclaire1939 | September 17, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

swil, please explain to me how Fenty catered only to white people (this being another ghetto rumor).

For instance, I am white and live in NE DC. We are predominantly black here, but yet we got a brand new recreation center (Turkey Thicket), proposals for dog parks (rejected, but proposed), bike lanes, speed cameras etc. Our local school was completely revamped. etc. etc. etc.

How is this different from the white areas?

Posted by: johng1 | September 17, 2010 9:25 AM


You, like Fenty, do not get it. Poor blacks in DC do not want dog parks and bike lanes, they want jobs!

Posted by: StLou | September 17, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

I guess that's what Obama is going for. He had a Super-majority and still felt he had to run everything past the GOP.

Obama has been a good friend to Republicans and he WILL end up EXTENDING BUSH's TAX CUTS.

Obama is a sellout and undercover Republican.
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So I'm wondering what your plan is for November. Voting Republican, because if you vote Democrat, you're secretly voting Republican, and you hope it works the other way too?

Obama's not a sellout, he's naive. He proposes centrist ideas, the Republicans paint it as socialism because they want to stop the majority party from getting their way and the vast majority of their party base and those crucial independant voters don't know what socialism is. Then he makes concessions to Republicans to uphold his centrist credentials. Then Republicans still don't vote for it, and Congress pushes it through with the supermajority and Republicans point to inconsequential human-interest stories to tell you they were right before the bill has actually gone into effect.

I don't even know why I still vote.

Posted by: joshlct | September 17, 2010 9:14 AM | Report abuse
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Dude I used to think he was 'just' naive too. He's not that STUPID. He's a sellout.

PS., I (for the first time in 30 years) refuse to vote in 2010 & probably 2012!

Posted by: question-guy | September 17, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Why can't the residents who need the schools the most figure out that Fenty was drasticaly improving them? I guess thats why they are poor in the first place.

Posted by: hughesbob19 | September 17, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

JohnG, your comment demonstrates the divide that exists in the city. For you, bike lanes, dog parks, rec centers, etc., were a sign of Fenty's commitment to the whole city. And it is true that during his tenure the city became a more livable place - no matter your race or class. However, during his term unemployment skyrocketed in the black community, while the share of affordable housing that exists was reduced dramatically. So, if you're a lifelong DC resident with few job prospects and few housing prospects, you might view the new rec center in your neighborhood differently. Rather than seeing it as Fenty's commitment to the whole city, you might view it as Fenty's enticement to newer, richer, and yes, whiter, residents, residents who might displace you 2, 5, 10 years down the line. Fenty never acknowledged that this perception could exist, he never went out of his way to reassure black middle class DC that all of this was for them, too. He never attacked employment and housing issues with the same gusto he did schools and recreation. And he paid the price.

Posted by: MoMonroe | September 17, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Please johng1 its called gentrification. I was born and raised in washington dc. The Brookland area has changed becaus of the word gentrification. Talk to people like yourself that don't really know the history of dc.

Posted by: dcnative45 | September 17, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

"You, like Fenty, do not get it. Poor blacks in DC do not want dog parks and bike lanes, they want jobs!"

I think a lot of black DC residents just have different ideas about what the government's role is, and this comment exemplifies this.

In the rest of America, if you want a job, you go to school and make yourself marketable to employers. If you're a poor black in DC, you sit around and wait for the DC gov't to give you a "job", and until then you get the gov't dole.

Posted by: dcresident29 | September 17, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Well, that's the ultimate insult, isn't it Post -- Fenty not only loses badly to Gray, but ... ha ha ha ... he wins the Republican vote!

I don't think anything is more transparent than the Washington Post's lean to All Things Democratic and Left. And because you are such an incestuous group, you are not even fully aware of how unprofessional that is in these parlous times -- for reporters and editors to decide not what's factual, but 'What's Really True' ... and to 'Report with a Conscience' [for the uninformed that is a phrase that has been bandied about among liberal Washington 'journalists' for decades to rationalize reporting and writing with a bias, instead of sticking to facts and trying to be fair}.

The Washington Post is an extremely well-written publication with 'news' from many, many parts of the globe, and many, many dissections of its inhabitants. But of all 'general' news organizations -- except for 'The Old Gray Hag' -- it is the most slanted toward a political ideology, with opinions and columns all over its pages, including the Front.

And that's a shame -- for, with all its resources, the Post could have been one of the great monuments to fair and accurate reporting.

Posted by: JPMcC | September 17, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

You, like Fenty, do not get it. Poor blacks in DC do not want dog parks and bike lanes, they want jobs!

Posted by: StLou | September 17, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

and also MoMonroe

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How do you expect the magical jobs to come into existence!?!?!?!

EDUCATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You can't just create jobs! Have you ever studied basic economics?

Posted by: johng1 | September 17, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

@dcnative45: If you want to talk about DC history, let's do that.

Many of the areas that became majority black were, initially, middle-class neighborhoods that changed due to white flight in the 1950's and 1960's.

No race has perpetual ownership of the city. And the reality is that as the city improves services (including schools), it becomes more attractive to EVERYBODY, which means neighborhoods that had become poor and mostly black are becoming integrated and middle class. That is hard on the poor, but essential for the survival of the city. Call it gentrification if you want, but would DC really be better off if 14th and U remained -- as it did for 30 years -- the ruins of the 1968 riots?

The answer for poor people is to obtain the skills and behavior to help them escape poverty. A municipal government cannot commit itself to keeping the city a refuge for poor people, a place to live of last resort. It's main responsibility is the provision of city services: police, fire, EMD, roads, water, and, yes, schools.

And when it does that, people of all races will want to live here. And that's a good thing. And Vince Gray knows it.

Posted by: Meridian1 | September 17, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

Fenty wasn't black enough for blacks, & he certianly won't be white enough for whites. Maybe he can run as an independent pink poodle. Lol!

Posted by: The_Funknician | September 17, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Please johng1 its called gentrification. I was born and raised in washington dc. The Brookland area has changed becaus of the word gentrification. Talk to people like yourself that don't really know the history of dc.

Posted by: dcnative45 |

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Hey brother, I've been here more than 54 years, in Brookland (actually we were part of Michigan Park, but now they cal us Brookland). Born here in NE. Take your gentrification sh__T and shove it up your a__SS

Posted by: johng1 | September 17, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Although, Adrian Fenty is an Obama prototype. Obama can avoid a Fentian outcome by immediately recognizing and dealing with the dissatisfaction and disappointment of his base, see http://www.jethroproject.com/tjpFentianOutcome.htm.

Posted by: sanjuan1 | September 17, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

From this suburbanite's casual view, Fenty's in many ways a victim of his own technocratic mindset. Big ideas, ambitious program, worthwhile enough goals to have gotten elected...

But another factor is inertia: not only his matter-in-motion inertia, in continuing to hurtle down his chosen route (the kind of guy who mutters about the evils of "paralysis by analysis"), but also the matter-at-rest inertia of those with stakes in the status quo (or the status-was of the Marion Barry era).

Frankly, I'd like to see the DC GOP accept Fenty, and see Fenty run, seriously and strenuously (albeit much less arrogantly).

The District, much like Maryland, would benefit from other than one-party rule.

Posted by: NorwegianBlue | September 17, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

hughesbob19 there were quite a few people there pretty well off that voted for gray. Here's another example of speaking and not knowing the facts must be a new resident. Fenty was actually trying to get "poor people" to vote for him with the help of his useless friend Moten of the peaceholics. GO-GO outings and the video.
Rhee has shown her true colors it wasn't about the kids just her own glory, If she was truly about the kids she would have changed her attitude and saying its bigger than me its about the kids.

Posted by: dcnative45 | September 17, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

I'd like somebody to please clearly state how jobs are created by a newly elected mayor. I am really not trying to spark something, but if companies aren't hiring, urban development has stagnated and public sector jobs are filled, I am curious what a mayor could do. Does anyone have ideas for job creation that the new mayor could opt for?

Posted by: lord_dorpaldonger | September 17, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

The issue regarding job creation in DC by the government comes from the push to create a better connection between Government and private industry through places like the DOES One Stop centers.

People misunderstand those resources to help them find jobs as a means of "creating" jobs. Politicians often use job creation as a political tool to win votes but they cannot really create a wide range of new jobs. They can create government jobs such as the ones that had people cleaning up the streets and such.

Posted by: aumonte | September 17, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Plantation days should have ended by now. However, it is obvious that numerous GOP's have the slave mentality.

We live in a sick society. Why are individuals judged by the color of their "Skin?"

One City for All in 2010!!

Posted by: sheilahgill | September 17, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

They should move to Fairfax County. P.G. County and D.C. belongs to us!

Posted by: rankcon | September 17, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Give me a break. Government is about providing city services, not making people "feel good." If you want to feel good, go hang out with your friends or see a therapist.

I'm sorry to see that a majority of this city's blacks voted for Gray for the same reason all those crazy pro-Palin people vote for her - because of that contrived feeling that "politican A" is "just like me." It's all games, rhetoric, and PR - it isn't real.

As a white resident of Ward 4, I am extremely offended by Gray's message and all the press surrounding it, saying that Fenty caters to the whites, and has forgotten the folks that elected him. While Fenty has forgotten Ward 4 (or he put a really inept, Gray type council woman in office), he does NOT cater to the whites.

Whites aren't better than blacks, but blacks aren't better than whites either. And neither are better than hispanics, or any of the other ethnic groups living in this city. We're all equal. And I'm very sorry to see that the Democratic nominee for mayor of this city, has run on a campaign promise of doing a better job catering to the city's black population. Because catering to any one group, is screwing over all the rest. And pretty soon, African Americans will not hold the majority in this city anymore, and a candidate who can relate to people of all races will be elected again.

And seriously, Marion Barry made the "in list" in the style section's ins and outs list after Tuesday's primary? People should be ashamed of themselves.

I was born here. And I have never been so disgusted with this city's populace.

Posted by: loar | September 17, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

I'd like somebody to please clearly state how jobs are created by a newly elected mayor. I am really not trying to spark something, but if companies aren't hiring, urban development has stagnated and public sector jobs are filled, I am curious what a mayor could do. Does anyone have ideas for job creation that the new mayor could opt for?

Posted by: lord_dorpaldonger | September 17, 2010 10:10 AM

First, ensure that anyone job in District be given to people that are legally in the country, with the priority being US citizens. You have construction sites and janitorial services that are majority hispanic and not all of them are legal.

Posted by: StLou | September 17, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Let's face it, there is a lot of political pandering in DC and the poor will never be a top priority. It doesn't matter who is the Mayor in regards to the realities of socioeconomic disparities in the District.

However, when you have a large portion of the population that feels slighted and they vote against you, you will lose. It's not even about the realities of Fenty's policies, it's solely about how he was perceived.

I mean Anthony Williams was not a loved figure of the Black community in the District, but he stayed out of the partisan politics of the local government and used his influence with Congress to improve the city. Yes, Anthony Williams won many votes from Wards 7 and 8, he had no real competition. This HARVARD educated Black man that wore a BOW TIE won TWO TERMS.

All the pundits acting like the black community in DC is just dumb or don't recognize "progress" sound absurd. Fenty is a DC native and he didn't have a clue this go round.

Posted by: aumonte | September 17, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Fenty lost mostly because of his arrogance, but made real positive changes for all of DC. I guess that it's simply asking too much of some folks to get a real education and get a real job and actually work , instead of being handed a worthless 'education and a do-nothing 'job' by corrupt politicians. I am all for gentrification, and am tired of seeing a 'culture' of, expecting to receive everything for nothing. Loved the "whine " and govt cheese comment....

Posted by: 10bestfan | September 17, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

First, ensure that anyone job in District be given to people that are legally in the country, with the priority being US citizens. You have construction sites and janitorial services that are majority hispanic and not all of them are legal.

Posted by: StLou | September 17, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Interesting feedback StLou. I am curious what construction sites you are referring to that hire illegal labor. When you reported employment practices to authorities, were they not responsive?

Posted by: lord_dorpaldonger | September 17, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Any thinking person would want him to stay, but D.C. voters prefer corruption, favoritism, and status quo.

Will they rehire the incompetents in the school system?

Fenty was one of the few bright spots in Washington politics.

Posted by: postfan1 | September 17, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Fenty squandered his victory. Although I voted for him, I don't think Gray is any descent into Barry-dom, slthough I don't know if he can really move the city forward. Fenty was an arrogant high handed manager who drove out comepenet people and got into the sweetheart contract game. He was far from from perfect and had alienated much of the (white) progressive base.Rhee's record is mixed--she's been estremely petty, as in reassigning the popular principal of her kids' school. The gains of the schools have been modest and given her short tenure, it's difficult to attribute that to her or to momemntum that began with her predecessor (who pursued similar policies in a more cautious way).

Posted by: thebuckguy | September 17, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: lord_dorpaldonge
I'd like somebody to please clearly state how jobs are created by a newly elected mayor.
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Require all employers, including D.C. subcontractors, to use eVerify. It's quick, free, and online. That will return jobs that Americans want to do to U.S. citizens and legal immigrants, and will force employers and workers to pay their share of taxes, Social Security, Workers Comp, and Medicare. New positions can be created to check compliance with that law.

Posted by: Voter4Integrity | September 17, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

So seriously, if all the people who voted for Fenty voted for him again in November along with a bunch of Republicans and independents there's a chance he could win the election, but then wouldn't/couldn't serve. Viewed another way, Gray could still lose, but still be mayor since essentially no one else wants the job.
I hate Fenty and always have, but will probably vote for him for the first time this November just to stick it to the DC Dems and to point how lame this system really is.

Posted by: blankspace | September 17, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

To slydell:

Who are you speaking of? BE CLEAR, if you are speaking of black people, would you and so many other races including some Africans stop the generalizing and stereotyping.....!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You need to stop watching TV, stop using everything you see in the streets, and come to my house, or my friends houses, and see how many black people live.....

Posted by: sshipman1 | September 17, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

"Interesting feedback StLou. I am curious what construction sites you are referring to that hire illegal labor. When you reported employment practices to authorities, were they not responsive?

Posted by: lord_dorpaldonger | September 17, 2010 10:35 AM"

Are you serious? Do you live in the DC area? If so, look at any site. Do you honestly believe they are all legal? And report the complaint to who? These pandering politicians will not do a damn thing. What I do is not patronize any business that I suspect that hires illegals and not vote for any politician that supports illegal immigration.

Posted by: StLou | September 17, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

It would make better sense for Fenty to run as an Independent, than republican... Do a Joe Liebermann...

Posted by: demtse | September 17, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

loar @ September 17, 2010 10:24 AM

Great comment! This is the last gasp of the old thinking and old ways that did not serve the city well over the last 40 years. Better days are coming soon.

Posted by: johng1 | September 17, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Are you serious? Do you live in the DC area? If so, look at any site. Do you honestly believe they are all legal? And report the complaint to who? These pandering politicians will not do a damn thing. What I do is not patronize any business that I suspect that hires illegals and not vote for any politician that supports illegal immigration.

Posted by: StLou | September 17, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

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So, you can tell just by "looking at them" that they are not citizens? That sounds prejudicial to me!

Posted by: johng1 | September 17, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

well Johng1, better days are coming buy Marion Barry's hand-picked candidate won the primary meaning the Barry/Gray administration is likely to kick in next year. See Barry's agenda re-enacted by his protege. I have three friends who put their houses on the market on September 1 and all cited that housing values will crash under Gray. There are four houses for sale on my block and I cannot list my house until at least three of those sell. I lived in DC for almost 20 years but I'm not staying for another Barry administration. No way, no how.

Posted by: bbcrock | September 17, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

You misread my post bbcrock, but I think you are full of it anyway.

Posted by: johng1 | September 17, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

"I guess that it's simply asking too much of some folks to get a real education and get a real job and actually work , instead of being handed a worthless 'education and a do-nothing 'job' by corrupt politicians. "

I am a very liberal democrat, let me tell you, so I answer this carefully- the worst teachers I met in DCPS had phony educations from "schools" that shut down in the 1980s.

Right Wing Conservative, anti-white, anti-gay, anti-Latin/Hispanic, anti-asian racists with ultraconservative religious views who live in Maryland and call themselves "Democrats" because their parents fought in the civil rights movement and they belong to the teacher's union. They voted for the right-wing conservative candidate with all the Tea Party conspiracy attributes- Vincent Gray, a man that can't even smile without looking pure evil.

These people, I can't even call them teachers because they aren't, they took their outsider PG County money and ultraconservative church money and bought this election from the people of DC.

We have four houses on the market on my block and my house will be next, I'm not staying to watch the right wingers like Gray and Barry get rich running roughshod over the people.

Posted by: bbcrock | September 17, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Fenity paassed Gay marriage and got tough with lousy teachers.Good!

Posted by: crrobin | September 17, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Are you serious? Do you live in the DC area? If so, look at any site. Do you honestly believe they are all legal? And report the complaint to who? These pandering politicians will not do a damn thing. What I do is not patronize any business that I suspect that hires illegals and not vote for any politician that supports illegal immigration.
Posted by: StLou | September 17, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Hey StLou, calm down. I was just asking if you knew of specific sites. I have friends that are from South America and live and work here legally. Some of them work on construction sites. There are also a lot of Salvadorans living and working in the city legally. I'd worry if they were lumped in a crowd of illegal workers because of their ethnicity. It is clear to me now that you have no evidence of illegal activity and are simply a bigot.

Posted by: lord_dorpaldonger | September 17, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Fenty was well aware of the abuse of hack inspecors to the city's Cab drivers, they would issue a thousand dollors ticket and another thousand dollor ticket and not deliver the second one to the driver to be surprised by doubling two thousand after 30 days. $3000.00 in one stop by the hack. and driver woud be dizzy what to do.

He is a heartless young man who does not care about who suffer what, as long as it meets his agenda

Posted by: abl00 | September 17, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

You misread my post bbcrock, but I think you are full of it anyway.
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You are a terrible writer who cannot come close to making a clear, concise point.

Posted by: bbcrock | September 17, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

There are 822 Republicans in DC?

Posted by: reiflame1 | September 17, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Fenty is Tony Williams II that is why the Republicans love him. But,my father ran on the opposite party to get reelected in 1956 and it worked. He was there for as long as he wanted.

Posted by: peterroach | September 17, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

You misread my post bbcrock, but I think you are full of it anyway.
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You are a terrible writer who cannot come close to making a clear, concise point.

Posted by: bbcrock | September 17, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

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Your sister sews socks that smell.

Posted by: johng1 | September 17, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Adrian DO IT!

Posted by: george_w_bush0 | September 17, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

I am a Republican and trust me, I was not amongst the 822 Republicans who wrote Fenty's name on the GOP Ballot. Vincent Gray for me.

Posted by: ladyskins | September 17, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

I am no great fan of Fenty, an independent who essentially has no role in electing DC's mayor, and, as a union employee and resident who has long been planning to leave the city within the next 2 years for personal reasons unrelated to politics or the city, I have much more to gain with Gray and his much more pro-labor stance at the helm.

This said, I am saddend by Fenty's loss because it shows just how difficult it is to actually get anything done in politics, especially in DC, mostly due to the fickle and hypocritical nature of the voters.

Case and point. 4 years ago DC residents voted Fenty in under the promises that he would improve public safety, improve the schools, and improve the quality of life in general for the residents. He would do this by not being an "old guard" politician. The residents thought that the change in leadership style was overdue. Unfortunately for Fenty, he believed them.

His, "arrogant" get things done attitude that left many people and groups, often the same ones historically entrenched in policy making and largely responsible for the dismal state of the city government, to feel abandoned. He made touch choices, often to the annoyance of labor unions, including my own, and other constituants, But he got things done.

Since he has been mayor the city saw vast economic growth before the national economy went downhill, and a local economy that, while down, is still performing better than most other cities across the nation, a far cry from the DC of earlier decades which has often been in economic shambles even in good times. He has also driven down violent crime in all wards, oversaw a task force to make EMS service better, improved access to parks and recreational facilities especially east of the river, and most importantly he has chosen a school chancellor who, though she is controversial like he is, has proven that she can get results, much as he has.

What has the city done to repay him? They voted him out. they decided that they would rather go back to the way politics has been done in the past. Not because they dont believe he has been successful at fulfilling his promises (most believe he has) but because they seem to prefer keeping their feelings in tact to facing the reality that when you make changes and tough choices feelings get hurt.

In my opinion, sometimes it is good to hurt people feelings if that it what it takes to get them moving in the right direction. Apparently the city doesnt agree.

Posted by: johnqpublic1 | September 17, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

bart1979, King Fenty is one of the most liberal politicians in D.C. and I couldn't see has being a Republican. Vincent Gray is a liberal too. I am a registered Democrat, but I am not a liberal. I voted against King Fenty because I hate his guts for his being nasty and vindictive towards me as a constituent.

Posted by: Ward4DC | September 17, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

StLou is corect. Many of the Salvadorans/Central Americans in D.C. are illegal and they shouldn't be allowed to work. D.C. is a sancturary city to illegal aliens. Neither Gray, Fenty, Eleanor Holmes-Norton, and the D.C. Council will not address illegal immigration, because of political correctness and the Democratic Party condones illegal immigration.

Posted by: Ward4DC | September 17, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Everyone turns everything into a race issues ONLY when blacks vote solidly one way! What a JOKE! Blacks did what they did and the Republicans wrote in the way they did for Fenty for one reason. WHITES like to use BLACKS to do their dirty work in leadership. Fenty was that pawn and he doesn't even realize it. Maybe now he will have time to think about it but if he wants to be used even more, then he will run as a Republican.

Posted by: roxannebs | September 17, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Hey StLou, calm down. I was just asking if you knew of specific sites. I have friends that are from South America and live and work here legally. Some of them work on construction sites. There are also a lot of Salvadorans living and working in the city legally. I'd worry if they were lumped in a crowd of illegal workers because of their ethnicity. It is clear to me now that you have no evidence of illegal activity and are simply a bigot.

Posted by: lord_dorpaldonger | September 17, 2010 11:22 AM

That's right, pull out the race card when you have no valid augument. Typical white liberal response. Probably a member of Casa de Maryland and/or LaRaza. Tear that race card up!

Posted by: StLou | September 17, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

thomasxstewart1 wrote:
H Fenty. consider moment today to make DC democratic Party viable, ACCEPT REPUBLICAN NOMINATION FOR MAYORAL RACE Vs Buddy. such cheap beat up of citizen voter, right now, end.

http://www.tbd.com/articles/2010/09/mayor-adrian-fenty-wins-unofficial-republican-nomination-11886.html

Signed:PHYSICIAN THOMAS STEWART von DRASHEK M.D.
Posted by: thomasxstewart1 | September 17, 2010 4:59 AM

Posted by: thomasxstewart1 | September 17, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

You, like Fenty, do not get it. Poor blacks in DC do not want dog parks and bike lanes, they want jobs!

Posted by: StLou | September 17, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

and also MoMonroe

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How do you expect the magical jobs to come into existence!?!?!?!

EDUCATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You can't just create jobs! Have you ever studied basic economics?

Posted by: johng1 | September 17, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

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Please explain how dog parks (which BTW, has taken over places for children to play), bike lanes (that don't even get used by cyclists) "educate" people looking for employment. And now that swimming pools are closed for the season, now dogs are swimming in public pools...UGH! The nastiness of it. Fenty catered to only the upper class sprinkling in little touches here and there to NE neighborhoods that are now being taken over by his so-called gentrification but will soon be all white. He didn't fool anybody. So if the Repug reptiles want him...more power to them. He's still going to lose. I guarantee it.

Posted by: cholly85241 | September 17, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

MICHELLE RHEE SHOULD RUN!! RUN MICHELLE RUN....DON'T LEAVE US....WE CAN'T MAKE IT WITHOUT YOU!!

Posted by: rankcon | September 17, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

I am curious to hear from new residents to DC who have been here for four years (since Fenty was elected in 2006). If you are single (or married without children) what services have improved for you within the last 4 years and what do you feel may decline under a change of administration? -

I would like to exclude the effectiveness of Michelle Rhee from this question b/c my understanding is that the majority of the new DC residents are single professionals. My sense is that folks are attributing both virtues and vices to the Fenty administration that may be unwarranted. I suspect that when candidates have a similar platform, personality and communication style becomes the focus, but the results of governance bear little difference.

Posted by: ProdigalDaughter1 | September 17, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

ProdigalDaughter1, nothing will change. Things will continue to slowly get better, just have they have since Barry left office. I was here in the 70's and 80's. I know how far we come. Those same people who are so critical of Gray, were the same ones that ran to suburbia, back in the 60's and 70's. Now that things have become so much better, they are quick to move back, point fingers, and criticize.

Posted by: rankcon | September 17, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Fenty was and has been republican from the very start. Therefore, who cares if he excepts the nomination. He's set finance wise - wink and nod, lol! With the 82 million he gave to frat buddies; he has paper waiting.

Posted by: seflo73 | September 17, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Get rid of the late night parking meter charges and the high cost of parking meters. I will not spend a dime in DC until they are gone.

Other than that, DC just choose a loser who will take them back down the crack drain of Marion Barry instead of someone who builds parks and recreation centers, keeps summer jobs for youth going as long as possible and hires the best at every agency.

Gray is just an old time looser looking for a paycheck and a bigger fence (though I admire his hand dancing skills). You reap what you sow. Progress on Education, Crime, Safety, Economics, Quality of Life, Real Estate Values, Public Service, Parks and Recreation ~ Going Down.

Progress on Hand Dancing skills ~ going Up.

Posted by: Airborne82 | September 17, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

He has been republican since 2006. He has been catered to the lighter and rich. The lighter and rich don't want to know the struggles on the other side. To busy holding vigils for a dog who got shot. Wouldn't waste a single candle drip on our young slain black men. The dog being is unfortunate; but Fenty doesn't really know us.

Posted by: seflo73 | September 17, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Airborne82 you don't know us! Do you know Gray personally? Should you be blamed for your forefathers hanging blacks?

Posted by: seflo73 | September 17, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Come on folks,

I live in SE DC, go to the NW side of town and then come back to the SE side (for those of you who are not scared) and you will see a BIG difference (not for the better). Once you do that then talk to me about Fenty… He claims he’s for everyone; well the proof is in the puddings.

Oh, we did get two new grocery stores (we buy a lot of groceries, one is over priced) and a couple of new libraries (I guess that is a hint to BLACK folks learn how to read) hum. What about housing? Oh, I know we can just live in old dilapidated buildings and even if there are new living facilities built they are over priced and only there for more whites to move in and push out the black folks.

End of conversation…

Posted by: s_ksmith | September 17, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Hey, WaPo, Fenty was a first term mayor, not a founder father. Calm down, you will survive.

Posted by: edismae | September 17, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

MICHELLE RHEE SHOULD RUN!! RUN MICHELLE RUN....DON'T LEAVE US....WE CAN'T MAKE IT WITHOUT YOU!!

Posted by: rankcon | September 17, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

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Then take your hindparts with her! Just go.

Posted by: cholly85241 | September 17, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

That's right, pull out the race card when you have no valid augument. Typical white liberal response. Probably a member of Casa de Maryland and/or LaRaza. Tear that race card up!

Posted by: StLou | September 17, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Let's recap the discourse. Sorry if I paraphrase:
Me: How will a new mayor create jobs?
StLou: Enforce legal hires; city is rampant with illegal construction workers
Me: How do you know? Have you told authorities?
StLou: They are Hispanic; Clearly some are illegal; Who would I report them to? Pandering politicians?
Me: You are stereotyping and have no facts, ergo you are a bigot.
StLou: Screw you, whitey!

Posted by: lord_dorpaldonger | September 17, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

NOTE: If Fenty knows what is known; It will be in his BEST interest to seek employment elsewhere, along with the convict Molton, possibly with one of his CRONIES company instead of jumping parties, what a one-eye-head...

Largo-Group LLC
"We get it done"

Posted by: BlackRock11 | September 17, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

LOL! I think this is the most ridiculous move that Former Mayor Fenty has attempted yet. Now, I'm just saying if you are a liberal...then you belong with the DEMS. If you are truly a conservative (ultra right) you belong with the GOP. But, in this country...there is no such thing as moderate. You either on the right or the left not in-between. Ask any tea partier what they think about it. I see no political future for Fenty. And, let me be clear...if Obama goes down the centrist path...He won't win the 2012 election. I will vote him out right then by not supporting his reelection bid. Don't even go there with hard-core liberals, buddy.

Posted by: kitten2 | September 17, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't be so quick to blow off this new found opportunity Mayor Fenty. what's wrong with running as an Independent??? Remember, you're suppose to listening to your constituents these days...

Posted by: WhitneyDavid | September 17, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

So much for all of DC's progress over the last 10 years... It will all go out the window with the ascension of Vincent Gray, an old-fashioned politician a la Marion Barry. Just when we were on the verge of becoming a world-class city... Congratulations, DC Voters, for successfully bringing back mediocrity.

Posted by: Orsalia | September 17, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

fenty hates black people

Posted by: jiji1 | September 17, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

This speaks volumes as to the group served by Fenty. This city is majority democrat and that's why he lost his reelection bid. We are not stupid. We gave him a chance and he repaid us by serving the other side. He never made improvements on Montello Avenue, N.E.; they were subjected to police sitting outside their homes in a lock-down by Lanier. But H Street, N.E. area occupied by whites has been completely renovated. These are the republicans who voted for him.

Posted by: skinfreak | September 17, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

DC residents are going to get what they deserve. You want jobs? You want jobs? Tough luck, you better reform your school system first. When your populace can barely graduate from high school (with the low standards already in place), I'm not sure how you expect them to survive in the job market. But you all expect educational reform to fall from the sky, just like our country expects the budget crisis to end without painful spending cuts.

Posted by: slydell | September 17, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

I just don't understand how making your priorities economic development, safety and school reform is catering to richer, whiter residents. Does that mean that blacks don't like safe, well educated cities? I am confused. Do blacks instead prefer mayors that smoke crack cocaine, destroy health and human services by losing federal dollars, lost money for homeless (clearly catering to the black community there huh?), and losing track of foster children? Are you black voters set on perpetuating your disadvantage in society?

Posted by: Chadjeremy | September 17, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Interesting reading these WaPo blogs/articles and watching white folks pull out the race card. Comical.

Posted by: DC_Original | September 17, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

DO YOUR HOMEWORK to research the current & historic facts about Mayor Fenty's corrupt administration, sleazy shenanigans & questionable affiliations over the years! You need to research the profligacy with Fenty's taxpayer-paid parties, shady deals & overpriced city contracts with his fraternity brothers & his cronies. You need to research the closing of childcare facilities & the shuttering of children's playgrounds in predominantly black neighborhoods, the drastic reductions in mental health services, and the delay in implementing an "inclusionary housing" development policy. You also need to research the impolitic ousting & replacement of african-american professionals from city government leadership & managerial positions. Read the following excerpt: "But Fenty's standing among Democratic Party activists began to unravel, particularly after the summer of 2009, when the administration clumsily tried to evict a group headed by former first lady Cora Masters Barry from the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center in Southeast, which she founded. When Height and poet Maya Angelou tried to see Fenty to seek reconsideration of the eviction, the mayor cancelled scheduled meetings, outraging many African-Americans, who saw the dispute as confirmation of long-simmering concerns that Fenty took them for granted." http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/09/14/AR2010091407069_3.html ----------------------------------

Also, are you not aware of the ongoing financial improprieties, corrupt antics & thuggery of Fenty henchman Ron Moten ?!
I just watched a video produced by former DC daycare workers and there's a clip included from Ron Moten's press conference for a radio hip-hopster.
Please watch it and pay close attention to how the Mayor of the Nation's Capital is standing behind Moten (ex crack dealer) with his head bowed and in a submissive, scared stance. Something is suspect with their relationship!
I don't know what's up with those two, but it will make national headlines if it's every exposed. Here's the link, you must check it out (watch this entire eye-opening video, especially the informational scroll at the very end) ---
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7c16E6sC7I&feature=player_embedded

Posted by: honestaction | September 17, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

There is no way that FENTY is going to suffer another loss. The man has not lost an electino since grade school. The majority have spoken and clearly do not want Fenty. Those who wrote his name in, again waisted everyones time. I say that the time has come for us all to move on and think ahead. Fenty is out, Gray is in now deal with it. Stop pressuring the man to run. If he wants to he will and he is just full enough to know when that is going to take place. I look forward to the results of the federal investiation into all the antics that occured while Fenty served as mayor. Administratively Fenty violated the very polices and procedures that he was sworn to uphold. I hope that Fenty, Moten, Skinner, and the rest of the those corrupt bastards are held accountable. Someone needs to spend some time prison.

Posted by: JUDGEWRIGHT1 | September 18, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

OUTSIDE OF CLOSING OVER 200 SCHOOLS AND FIRING SUMMARILY OVER 400 TEACHERS, EXACTLY WHAT "REFORM" DID RHEE ENACT? IN HER TESTIMONY BEFORE THE COUNCIL IN 2007, SHE TALKED ABOUT RESOURCES AND SYSTEMS - NOT ABOUT IMPROVING EFFECTIVE TEACHING. THIS IS ODD BECAUSE HER CLAIM TO FAME WAS TEACHER TRAINING.

HER REAL SKILL IS IN PROPOSAL AND REPORT WRITING.

PRIOR TO HER BEING SELECTED CHANCELLOR OF DC SCHOOLS - ONE OF THE NATION'S LARGEST SCHOOL SYSTEMS, SHE HAD ABSOLUTELY NO EXPERIENCE IN RUNNING A SCHOOL SYSTEM OF ANY SIZE. SHE WAS A TEACHER TRAINER - PERIOD.

FINALLY,HATING ON AND DENIGRATING TEACHERS IS NOT THE WAY TO GO. THEY WERE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE LATE DELIVERY OF BOOKS, FAILING HEATING AND COOLING PLANTS, RUN DOWN SCHOOLS ETC.

FENTY'S REAL OBJECTIVE WAS TO BUST THE TEACHERS' UNION. NEXT, HE WOULD HAVE BUSTED THE TRANSIT WORKERS UNION. LUCKILY FOR THE LATTER GROUP, HE IS BEING BOOTED OUT BEFORE HE CAN COMPLETE THAT NEFARIOUS, RIGHTWING REPUBLICAN AGENDA.

WHAT GALLS ME IS HOW THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION (READ SECRETARY OF EDUCATION) TRIED TO INFLUENCE THE ELECTION BY HEAPING PRAISE ON RHEE. SHE WASN'T AND ISN'T "ALL THAT.")

Posted by: rmarsh1970 | September 18, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Maybe the Post endorsed Fenty for the wrong primary! It was great to see an arrogant and dictatorial leader get defeated, but it was even more wonderful to see an arrogant, ellitist and out-of-touch newspaper [The Wash Post] get egg all over its face. What's even more amusing is to read the number of highly critical Fenty articles the Post has been publishing since his defeat. Where were these articles prior to the Democratic primary? Talk about kicking a dog when he's down.

Posted by: PTaylor8336 | September 18, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Those of you stating that you refuse to vote deserve each and everything that happens to you. Stop posting your thoughts and ideas now as they no longer matter. No vote, no voice. You are and will continue to be the problem with America. That is all.

Posted by: mspachy | September 21, 2010 6:53 AM | Report abuse

Those of you stating that you refuse to vote deserve each and everything that happens to you. Stop posting your thoughts and ideas now as they no longer matter. No vote, no voice. You are and will continue to be the problem with America. That is all.

Posted by: mspachy | September 21, 2010 6:54 AM | Report abuse

Those of you stating that you refuse to vote deserve each and everything that happens to you. Stop posting your thoughts and ideas now as they no longer matter. No vote, no voice. You are and will continue to be the problem with America. That is all.

Posted by: mspachy | September 21, 2010 6:54 AM | Report abuse

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