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Posted at 12:56 AM ET, 08/ 5/2010

Gray wins straw poll on Fenty turf

By Nikita Stewart

Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray beat Mayor Adrian M. Fenty in a Ward 4 Democrats straw poll, 581 to 401 -- an embarrassing loss for the mayor in his home base.

Fenty, once beloved by residents in the ward where he was council member for six years, has seen a dramatic turnaround in his popularity. Despite dispatching dozens of workers and volunteers to get out the vote for the poll, Gray breezed by him.

Gray supporters were jubilant, hugging after the final count early Thursday.

"I think the people who know Fenty best have spoken," said Adam Rubinson, Gray's campaign manager.

-- Nikita Stewart

By Nikita Stewart  | August 5, 2010; 12:56 AM ET
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Yes! This is great news,

Posted by: winston61 | August 5, 2010 1:46 AM | Report abuse

Lovely. Congrats, Mr. Gray.

Posted by: DCbred | August 5, 2010 2:02 AM | Report abuse

Money can't buy you love, Fenty!

Posted by: roscoedc | August 5, 2010 2:27 AM | Report abuse

Best news I've heard all week!!!

Posted by: starclimber9 | August 5, 2010 3:15 AM | Report abuse

This Ward 4 D.C. voter is happy to hear this news. I voted for D.C. Chairman Vincent Gray. King Fenty must go. The same people you met on your way to the top will be the same people you will meet going down. When you lay down with dogs, you will get up with fleas.

Oh what a web we weave King Fenty. LOL

Posted by: Ward4DC | August 5, 2010 4:00 AM | Report abuse

I attended last night's Ward 4 straw poll at Saint Georges Church located at 16th & Webster Streets, NW. I have never seen anything like this before in my life. There was a large crowd and traffic was a nightmare. Senior Citizens were there on walkers and canes. I believe, several thousands Ward 4 residents came out to vote tonight. I was afraid there would be riots. The Fourth District was called in to maintain law and order and to direct traffic. Hearing the news of D.C. Chairman Vincent Gray win the Ward 4 straw poll is good news to hear and I have jumped for joy. Many Ward 4 registered voters hate or dislike King Fenty. Fenty had his staff and cabinet members there campaigning for him. I thought this was forbidden on the "Hatch" act? Fenty has got to go! Gabe Klein, Ron Austin, Valerie Santos, and others on King Fenty's court will be unemployed soon. Good riddance.


Ward 4 Muriel Bowser was their campaigning for King Fenty. Once Fenty's is voted out of his kingdom, Ward 4 Councilwoman Bowser is next. Bowser has been a puppet for King Fenty during her entire tenure on the Council of the District of Columbia.

Native Washingtonian
Ward 4 Washington, D.C. Resident/Voter

Posted by: Ward4DC | August 5, 2010 4:06 AM | Report abuse

I too attended last night's Ward 4 straw poll at Saint Georges Church located at 16th & Webster Streets, NW. I could not believe the crowd. Even though I was given a towel and water by King Fenty's team, I was advocating for Gray. Washington DC needs new leadership to the core to restore the changing treads for the worse in the city of close to a million people. Fenty must go!

Posted by: yorkn72 | August 5, 2010 7:33 AM | Report abuse

Ward 4 has shown its mettle and they will do so again on election day. We came out in droves and handed the Mayor a defeat in his own neighborhood. If the people in a politician's district don't want him then the rest of the city will follow. The next 40 days will be interesting and Fenty along with the WAPO (jumped too soon) will be trying to trash Gray.

With all of his might and the paid staff to campaign Fenty can still loose. Its funny with all that $$ he and his supporters continue to make excuses and will do so until we boot them out of office.

Posted by: dcchamp1 | August 5, 2010 7:53 AM | Report abuse

BAM!! BAM!!

DOWN GOES FENTY! DOWN GO FENTY! DOWN GOES FENTY!

Posted by: nivla | August 5, 2010 8:00 AM | Report abuse

Of all the straw polls for Fenty to loose, this was not the one.

Straw polls are generally not very telling, however, when it is in your ward base, they are QUITE telling.

Fenty couldn't get all of his appointees and friends and colleagues he has steered contracts to to come out and vote for him. Ohhhh, they aren't from Ward 4. Are they even from the District?

Not a good sign. Even with ex-convict Ron Moten tooting Fenty's horn.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | August 5, 2010 8:04 AM | Report abuse

Fenty's people were saying that Gray cheated in Ward 6 and Fenty should have won. This despite the fact that Gray received 56% of the vote and Fenty only 40 percent---it was not even close. And the votes they challenged were never counted.

I wonder how they will explain this one.

The truth there are no persuadables votes for Fenty. He is well known. When he goes into neighborhoods to get votes from from Gray, he is only serving to remind Gray's voters to activate against him.

As much as the Post wants to keep quoting its Fenty's personality everyone has a reason that cannot be glossed over of why they want a change. Maybe your a homeless advocate and saw him close shelters. Maybe you live in Ward 3 and realize you did not have an extended hold time for the Mayor's call center when Williams was in office. Maybe you are a DCPS parent (not soon to be parent of DCPS--they believe Fenty) but actually parents still see problems in the schools. The 60 something percent that said they would prefer someone else have reasons that the Post endorsement does eliminate for them. Some are voting for Gray in high enough numbers for Gray to win. Others wish to know more or sit out but they are not voting for Fenty.

With his numbers being what they are I cannot see how Fenty could win. Even if he took air time on all major networks and ask the Obama girls to sing hymnals while he speaks he is a known entity. And unless the paper starts truly addressing issues of concern the WP is going to lose all credibility.

Posted by: CultureClub | August 5, 2010 8:43 AM | Report abuse

I'm a 25 year resident of DC and have been here through the ups and downs. I'm not a fan of Fenty's personality and I think he's his own worst enemy but, by God, he's doing right by this city on the things that matter. Mr. Gray is a wonderful and very intelligent man but his inability to project a coherent vision for how he'd lead and what he'd do in the way of reform has been very disappointing - shocking even, given his long-time presence in the city.

Things look rough for Fenty and if he loses he'll largely have himself to blame. But I can't help but feel that we'll be heading this city that I love in the wrong direction.

Good luck DC.

Posted by: Resolute | August 5, 2010 8:48 AM | Report abuse

I'm a Fenty fan but disagree with his dubious attacks on Gray for what he did in the 1990s. That's 20 years ago. Why can't Fenty just talk about his own accomplishments as mayor.

I, too, was at the Ward 4 gathering. I loved the partisanship showed by all sides. Very impressed with the engagement of all on the race but I don't think a riot was about to break out. Considering the heat everyone was in a good mood and ready to rumble on the issues.

Fenty may be arrogant and getting bad advice on thinking attacking Gray for work 20 years ago is a good campaign tactic but I like his energy and he is a leader. But, without a doubt, he is in trouble.

Posted by: interactingdc | August 5, 2010 8:48 AM | Report abuse

DOWN WITH THE KING!!!!

The people in ward 4 know what the deal is. Fenty hasnt done anything for them (especially the minorities), and he wont do anything for you either.

DOWN WITH THE KING!!!!

Posted by: I_Heart_Mambosauce | August 5, 2010 8:49 AM | Report abuse

DOWN WITH THE kING!! The king must go down, DOWN WITH THE KING

Posted by: yorkn72 | August 5, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

This is it for Fenty. I've heard so many horror stories about him, even though I am not a big local politics person. When I went to watch Gray and Fenty debate thought, at the LGBT forum it was like watching Tony Blair and George Bush. Fenty like Bush had no substance, read from his notes, pathetic body language (leaning on lecturn), etc.
At least Gray is an adult whose heart seems to be in the right place. Go Gray.

Posted by: marys1454 | August 5, 2010 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Way to go Gray:

Come on Sept. 14th. I can't wait until Fenty looses.

Posted by: samvped205 | August 5, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

It's a sad dog that can't defend his own back yard. Even with the Post's rushed endorsement, the King still fell and fell hard. He has GOT to be worried. But Vince, get ready. The Post and the Green Team are about to go into overdrive against you. We can only hope that voters are smart enough to see through it. Go Vince!

Posted by: ssmd11 | August 5, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

This is a pretty amazing outcome. However, what is more telling is the description of the Fenty turn-out. If the Mayor cannot even get his real supporters out for a straw poll, it doesn't speak well of the management of the campaign or the excitement anyone has for his potential re-election.

He has, for the most part, done right by the city. But in the places he has failed, he has failed in a way that may be too hard to recover.

Posted by: LukasWP | August 5, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

I ate 2lbs of green grapes in 2days from the Giant on 14th St. they are so good unbruised and sweet. What are you all talking about again???...LOL!!...Oh Fenty, I seen him yesterday@ Georgia Ave. Metro Station begging ppl to come to his straw poll I told his supporters I would attend I knew I would not. Fenty looked very deserparted his mouth was dry and he was sweating @ 8:30am. I'm not to sure of V. Gray but I will vote and learn as much as I can about Gray. Don't want another Fenty, I feel like he tricked us.

Posted by: trinna22 | August 5, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Well said, Lukas. Your point is particularly true given that Anthony Williams put in place the foundation for the city's growth, even with the schools. I have little doubt that had Fenty not obstructed Williams' own efforts to take over the schools for Fenty's own political purposes, Williams would have done a better job than Miss Rhee and progress would have been made faster.

Cast in this light, Fenty's protests that "HE'S MAKING THE HARD DECISIONS!" are not very convincing.

Posted by: orbitcv | August 5, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Here are my reasons for voting for Anyone BUT Fenty:

After 10 years of increasing school test scores, scores declined last year
Fixing schools requires more than just a Diva firing “ineffective” teachers
Crime is up over the last 3 years
DC now has the highest city-wide unemployment in it’s history
Fenty has awarded his fraternity brothers $82 MILLION in illegal contracts that they were unqualified for
Fenty arrived into office with a huge budget surplus that he has turned into a large deficit
He has depleted our Rainy Day Funds so he could open $400k dog parks and heat his favorite swimming pool
Fenty has sold numerous DC public properties at Fire Sale prices in a recession to his Real Estate Developer buddies, who in turn have helped him fundraise for his campaign
He leaves the country without telling anyone or leaving any one as custodian of the DC government
His personality: Arrogant, selfish, stubborn, has a lack of compassion
He is unwilling to hear any different opinion and anyone that doesn’t agree with him
Fenty doesn’t consult with the community on ANYTHING.
Fenty has not held ONE news conference since becoming Mayor. Not one.
Fenty misses community meetings and simply says he “couldn’t make it happen”
When asked about a triple homicide, Fenty says “it could have been worse”
Fenty refuses to hand over any government records- has worst record of responding to Freedom of Information Act requests
Fenty is unable to play well with others- refuses to give City Council tickets to Nationals game
Fenty lead a sketchy donation of firetrucks to the Dominican Republic. Don’t we need them?
Fenty has a poor record on juvenile justice and public safety- Kids that were in custody murdered DC Principal Brian Betts.

Posted by: DCResident3 | August 5, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

It was wonderful! Ward 4 was on a mission and I thank my fellow ward 4 citizens for the putting the icing on the cake and really showing that brat that this is a job for an adult and a person with character, communication skills, compassion for people and class.

Humpty Dumpty had a lot of cracks in that wall last night. He had the most nervous look and I must admit I enjoyed seeing that very much.

Posted by: candycane1 | August 5, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

I live a block away from where this whole thing happened and it was the most obnoxious thing I've seen in my whole life. I left my house at 6:00 came back 10 minutes later my my whole street was filled with people (many who parked illegally) and I had to park blocks away and walk to my house. It took my neighbor 15 minutes to find parking! Not to mention the bullhorn yelling, field of signs ligning the streets, and horn honking. Do it elsewhere.

Posted by: Polo138 | August 5, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

And just who did the Post endorse? So much for the ringing endorsement from the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Post Editorial Board.

Posted by: PepperDr | August 5, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

By voting Fenty out of office the citizens of DC will get exactly what they hoped for. Substandard teachers, drug addicts on every corner, skyrocketing robberies..Back to to good old days when DC was the murder capital of the nation. Fenty wasn't hired for his personality. The ends justifies the means in some situations...

Posted by: tsamm | August 5, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Polo 138: I didn't know that we owned streets in DC. When did that happened? Now the bullhorn yelling was one Ron Moten, who is one of Fenty's cronies and a criminal.

Posted by: samvped205 | August 5, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

This is the death nail in the coffin for any hope Fenty had of a win in the September primary. Fenty workers outnumbered Gray people easily 10:1. The people of Ward 4, myself and my elderly father included, already had their minds made up! Fire Fenty!

Posted by: CrestwoodKat | August 5, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

I am a Republican in Fenty's Ward and I support him. Sure, he is arrogant and can come off a bit aloof, but he is a doer and has done alot for the city. I wish we could field a GOP candidate to do the same. Wishful thinking, however, Gray is not the answer, his buffoon of a gaffe by going against city rules and taking on the city for a FENCE surrounding his house clearly shows a severe weakness in a candidate to become caught up in such a miniscule petty disagreement which is clearly stated in city documents/rules shows this guy doesnt have all his wits,....that little disagreement tells alot about a person. DONT FORGET IT

Posted by: Fred23 | August 5, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

I am a Republican in Fenty's Ward and I support him. Sure, he is arrogant and can come off a bit aloof, but he is a doer and has done alot for the city. I wish we could field a GOP candidate to do the same. Wishful thinking, however, Gray is not the answer, his buffoon of a gaffe by going against city rules and taking on the city for a FENCE surrounding his house clearly shows a severe weakness in a candidate to become caught up in such a miniscule petty disagreement which is clearly stated in city documents/rules shows this guy doesnt have all his wits,....that little disagreement tells alot about a person. DONT FORGET IT

Posted by: Fred23 | August 5, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

TSAMM-

Where you in DC before the past 3 years? Do you know that your statement is totally wrong?

Tony Williams got rid of the drugs, kick started development and school improvement. Fenty did nothing but ride his coattails.

Did you know DC school test scores have improved the past TEN (10) years and actually went DOWN last year for elementary schools? Source: US Department of Education

Did you DC has the highest city-wide unemployment rate in it's history now? Source: US Department of Labor

Did you know DC's crime, specifically in robberies, and burglaries has been up the past 3 years? Source: Washington Metropolitan Police Department

Posted by: DCResident3 | August 5, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

I'm leaning Gray too!

Posted by: johng1 | August 5, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

"I live a block away from where this whole thing happened and it was the most obnoxious thing I've seen in my whole life."

Polo138, I am so sorry that democracy in action inconvenienced you for a few hours. "Do it elsewhere." Where would you suggest? You jerk.

Posted by: runawaytexan | August 5, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

I was there and I was happy to see the energy on both sides, I thought Barack Obama was there, lol. Everyone should know that what goes up must come down, that is why it is in the best interest to treat people with dignity and respect. In the scheme of things, I don't think that is a lot to ask.

Posted by: zippergyrl1 | August 5, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Vince is a time machine.

He would take us back to the days of trolleys, schools of great quality, and sleepy Southern ways.

Only problem is, he cannot put three sentences together on education. But his intuition is to run DCPS as well as he ran the Dept. of Human Services, famous for efficency, respect for clients, and financial accountability. And it never fired employees, just as Marion would want.

Posted by: axolotl | August 5, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

funny that the two people who took issue with my comment are probably transplants. it was an extreme inconvenince and Moten wasnt the only one with a bullhorn, you idiot. I would suggest doing it one street up where Fenty lives or perhaps you can give them your address and they can do it there.

Posted by: Polo138 | August 5, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

funny that the two people who took issue with my comment are probably transplants. it was an extreme inconvenince and Moten wasnt the only one with a bullhorn, you idiot. I would suggest doing it one street up where Fenty lives or perhaps you can give them your address and they can do it there.

Posted by: Polo138 | August 5, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

At about the time the vote must have been taking place, I spotted Fenty driving his little (compliments of the city) black car down New Hampshire avenue, a big grin on his face. Did he have any idea what was going on?

Posted by: ElRosas | August 5, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Other Fentyisms:

No soccer-specific stadium in D.C., yet "gave" land to Mark Ein for a tennis facility for the Washington Kastles.

The use of multiple security guards for riding a bicycle (illegally) on some roads.

Helping erect police checkpoints in Trinidad that were UNCONSTITUTIONAL ON THEIR FACE.

Yo, Adrian. Nice knowing ya.

Not.

Posted by: bs2004 | August 5, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

I lived in DC for a decade. As much as I love the city the politics is that of a banana republic. I like bananas but I sure don't want to eat them every day. Far too many residents are easily manipulated by politicians without vision, without the cuhones to take hard decisions. I fear that once again the District will elect a mayor that everyone will like, but who will not lead the city out of the morass it has been in for generations. How very very sad.

Posted by: tarryh | August 5, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Fenty has his faults, I am genuinely ticked about the firetruck incident, however...As a district resident for over 10 years I never thought I'd see the progress made in school reform that I've seen under Fenty (elementary test scores aside). Specifically in the area of downsizing the system to fit its student population, the exercise is politically difficult and dangerous and he has succeeded where others have failed.

I like the bike lanes too.

Posted by: spike73 | August 5, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Do your own research Rhee supporters please see here, the AYP reports from before and after she was appointed and see that test scores were up before she came into office and also that the AYP scores declined the year she took office.

http://www.nclb.osse.dc.gov/aypsummaryreports.asp
Also this link will show that crime was declining in DC before Mayor Fenty was elected or Chief Lanier was appointed. yet, after she was appointed crime totals have fluctuated, not a steady decline like the administration would have you to believe.

http://mpdc.dc.gov/mpdc/cwp/view,a,1239,q,547256,mpdcNav_GID,1556.asp

As for me, I do not know what Gray will bring. he could be full of poo... BUT I see the petty, underhanded lying mayor we have now and I dont want him back. I dont know how many of you who are commenting on these posts for him have worked for him or know him, but I know him personally and I want him gone.

Posted by: lilscooby09 | August 5, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

"funny that the two people who took issue with my comment are probably transplants."

Polo138, I am a runawaytexan. I came to Washington 26 years ago. A tax paying, law-abiding citizen for 26 years. Does that not negate my "transplantism"? For you, I would bet that it does not.

Posted by: runawaytexan | August 5, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

you're right, it doesnt. valid enough point though. enjoy your day - I have work to do.

Posted by: Polo138 | August 5, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

I am a Republican in Fenty's Ward and I support him. Sure, he is arrogant and can come off a bit aloof, but he is a doer and has done alot for the city. I wish we could field a GOP candidate to do the same. Wishful thinking, however, Gray is not the answer, his buffoon of a gaffe by going against city rules and taking on the city for a FENCE surrounding his house clearly shows a severe weakness in a candidate to become caught up in such a miniscule petty disagreement which is clearly stated in city documents/rules shows this guy doesnt have all his wits,....that little disagreement tells alot about a person. DONT FORGET IT

Posted by: Fred23
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So on the one hand... Fenty supporters feel that using the term "By any means necessary" to explain his NUMEROUS bouts of ignoring DC Laws and procedures to steal MILLIONS (almost billions) of tax payers money and hand over to his CRONY's is justifiable... but for Grey (even if he did BLATANTLY ignore getting a permit) to do the same only with his own MONEY and his own PROPERTY, ONE TIME is inexcusable? Do you know how rediculous you sound?

Maybe if you had taken that same stance towards Fenty when you found out he was letting Keith Lomaz ILLEGALLY drive a govenment vehicle, or when you found out that he allowed his friend who failed a test EIGHT TIMES to still be certified, or when you found out he was GIVING AWAY DC Govt Property, or when you found out he was using DC Police to escort his biking buddies through Maryland and Virginia, or when you found out.... you get the drift... (I could go on and on all day and still not finish naming all of his illegal activity in which the citizens had to pay instead of him).

My point is MAYBE if you had held him to the same standards you are now using to justify not supporting Grey, Fenty wouldn't have turned into the monster that he is today. When you started allowing him to give you the "by any means necessary" answer instead of explaining what it was he was REALLY doing, he began to feel as if he didn't have to explain any of his actions to the people. He forgot WHO he was working for and WHAT his job assignment was and for that reason, HE IS BEING TERMINATED. You have to work HARD to not be able to continue the progress that Tony Williams started. And as far as his record with schools... FENTY was the one who wouldn't give Williams the ability to take over the schools. Hmmmm...

That's more of an explanation of termination than he has given to any DC Govt employee (including teachers) in the past 3.5 years so I think I'm being generous. Hopefully, when he leaves, he will do it gracefully but it's time for another Mayor. If he messes up, we will fire him too but YOU (FNETY) don't get to keep your job based on the next person. You are a goner no matter what happens.

Posted by: tformation1 | August 5, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Polo138. Again you don't own the street nor can you dictate where events are being held. Get use to it. There is nothing you can do about it.

Posted by: samvped205 | August 5, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

I may not own the street, but I have the right to voice my opinion. "Get use to it. There is nothing you can do about it."

Posted by: Polo138 | August 5, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Polo138. I forgot to mention, I am a native Washingtonian. What about you?

Posted by: samvped205 | August 5, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Born and raised...or else I wouldnt have made that statement (obviously).

Posted by: Polo138 | August 5, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Born and raised...or else I wouldnt have made that statement.

Posted by: Polo138 | August 5, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Polo138; Good. At the best to you.

Posted by: samvped205 | August 5, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

thanks. enjoy the rest of your day.

Posted by: Polo138 | August 5, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Fenty has his faults, I am genuinely ticked about the firetruck incident, however...As a district resident for over 10 years I never thought I'd see the progress made in school reform that I've seen under Fenty (elementary test scores aside). Specifically in the area of downsizing the system to fit its student population, the exercise is politically difficult and dangerous and he has succeeded where others have failed.

I like the bike lanes too.

Posted by: spike73
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Check your facts on the "down sizing" of DCPS. A the same time as the number of people working at the central office has decreased, the pay that the one still there recieves negates the whole reasoning behind "downsizing".

Yes a bunch of teachers have been fired but are they legit firings? That remains to be seen as do almost all of the terminations that have occurred during the FENTY administration. Do you know how much money YOU as a taxpayer have paid out and will continue to pay out to employees who have been terminated without due process? Not just teachers but over all. It's up there and growing.

Aside from large sweeps of terminations in DCPS, what else do YOU think has occurred during this "Rhee-form"? Do you realize you have to do more than "fire" all of the experienced teachers to effect a positive change. Fenty el al uses this excuse too... people are resisting "change". Well what KIND of "change" is it? Good or bad? And stop going under the assumption that CHANGE = PROGRESS. The definiton of change is not progress and vice versa. THAT is what this administration fails to understand.

I have seen Duke Ellington, Banneker and McKinley Technology change for the worse during the last three years because of Rhees CHANGES. I admit I dont much pay attention to the other schools but these are schools that had been preforming well prior the the CHANGE and now are encountering obstacle after obcstacle under the CHANGE. Let's stop using the excuse "IT'S CHANGING" to try and keep a sinking ship afloat. And stop allowing them to make you think that because something is "CHANGING" that it is "IMPROVING".

As for the bike lanes... some are nice, but once again, when you get into the particulars, just how much are you paying for them to be done, and then done OVER again because no-one has to listen to anyone else now. How much do you think it actually cost to put up those bike lanes on Pa Ave (not a bad idea) only to realize it was done wrong, erase it and do it over... instead of checking it to make sure it was the right plan before doing it the first time. And the answer you get is... "At least you have bike lanes now, you didnt before". But at what cost? This is incompetent change to me, not positive change as this administration would like you to believe.

Posted by: tformation1 | August 5, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Fenty went into Gray's home turf trying to get rid of Gray's aluminum fence. Now it's payback time.

Posted by: starclimber9 | August 5, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

I still believe FENTY will win, what people fell to realize is that informed voters understands and have back knowledge of his opponent Vince Gray these people will come out and vote Sept 14th. Alot of people are saying ohhh we need a new direction or we need change but those same people don't realize that Vince Gray is not change he has been in the government a very long time and has a bad reputation to follow PLEASE GET INFORMED! If anyone remember the Sharon Pratt Dixon-Kelly tenture as mayor then you have had Vince Gray as Mayor as he served with his Cousin Dixon with her tenture of stealing money and taking vacations. Fenty may not be the best but he is no where near the worst. This balls down too who would you rather have now compare and get informed!

Posted by: dc4lyfe | August 5, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

The most egregious thing that Fenty has done is alienate the same people that voted him into office four years ago. I knew Fenty was going to beat Linda Cropp when I happened to be in the projects around Eastgate mentoring a young, African-American male when Fenty and his entourage visited. The neighborhood was electric with hope for Fenty. This mostly underserved neighborhood followed Fenty around like he was the pied piper. Flash forward to 2010...the residents of Eastgate were not expecting much and they received nothing. However, they supported a young, charismatic mayor until he stopped communicating with them. More importantly, is the folly of the Ward 4 straw poll, two years ago most Ward 4 residents bled Fenty green. These residents are white and black and they would have done anything to prop up their home-grown talent. However, it is apparent that hubris has morphed the Council-member Fenty into an unrecognizable Mayor to the Ward 4 residents. No mayor has ever one every precinct to become a caricature in his re-election campaign. I applaud those people that believe Fenty is the best thing for the city and tout his many accomplishments. However, it shocks me how these same people overlook the polarizing effect Fenty has on the nation's capital. Last night, a thousand Ward 4 residents braved 100 degree weather (both black, white and hispanic) to vote in a meaningless straw poll. More amazing, was the city officials that were openly campaigning on behalf of the mayor, but even with Fenty shirts on! They cast their vote for Gray. There were too many Fenty supporters present to draw any other conclusion. Fenty supporters feigned green and voted blue! Why? What has Fenty done to receive the ire of Ward 4 residents. The city looks beautiful! The schools are improving! Property values are steady. What is the character flaw that haunts our mayor. Mayor Fenty has riled a segment of D.C. residents that are hell-bent on seeing his demise. Personally, I am going to keep my personals out of this post! However, I want to shake the bloggers that denigrate Gray's campaign to a comparision of Marion Barry's. The city is safe! If Fenty or Gray had an unfortunate accident before the primary, and both had to withdraw from the race! I promise another promising candidate will emerge and the city will survive. Keep the racism out of the campaign! It only highlights the arrogance in your stupidity. This election has become a mobilizing force that will be talked about for years...It is mind boggling that the second most powerful man in the city would give up his comfortable position on the council to run against a man that won every precinct four years ago. In addition, Fenty has an incredible amount of money in his political coffer, Gray doesn't. The people will speak on September 14. Whichever way you vote, the people are smart enough to recognize enough is enough.

Posted by: lawwdoggus | August 5, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

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