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Posted at 6:15 PM ET, 07/ 2/2010

Fenty's message to the voters

By washingtonpost.com editors

By Kyle Southern
Washington

As a member of Young Education Professionals-DC, I was deeply disappointed by Mayor Adrian M. Fenty’s 11th-hour cancellation of his participation in the education debate sponsored by that organization [“Fenty a no-show at schools debate,” Metro, June 29]. One would think the mayor would be anxious to spar with D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray on one of his signature issues, education reform, and highlight the progress of the D.C. Public Schools over his tenure. Unfortunately, he did not take the opportunity to engage Mr. Gray and more than 400 constituents with deep passion for and diverse experience in the field of education.

Mr. Fenty is certainly a busy man — father, mayor of the nation’s capital, triathlete — but surely he could offer a better reason for not showing up than he “couldn’t make it work.” By not doing so, Mr. Fenty only reinforced the common charges against him of his indifference and disrespect toward many constituents — charges to which this voter, for one, is increasingly willing to listen.

By washingtonpost.com editors  | July 2, 2010; 6:15 PM ET
Categories:  D.C., D.C. politics, HotTopic, Mayor Fenty  
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Comments

After Mayor Fenty did not attend the YEP-DC debate and said that he "couldn’t make it work" a WaPo reporter asked his staff where he was. Mayor Fenty's staff declined to reply to the reporter.

The truth is that Mayor Fenty simply did not want to attend the debate against Vincent Gray. Once again, Adrian Fenty has lied to District voters.

Posted by: ashafer_usa | July 3, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

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