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Posted at 1:45 PM ET, 09/13/2010

Fenty defends his 'tough decisions'

By Martin Austermuhl
Mayor Adrian Fenty is sorry. Well, kind of.

Over the course of an interview with DCist on Friday, Fenty -- who is in the midst of a tight battle that may result in him being thrown out of office by an electorate that overwhelmingly approves of the direction in which the city is going -- both admitted to the mistakes that had alienated supporters and tried to explain that the decisions he had made during his tenure were necessary. Basically, Fenty isn't sorry that he made the decisions that he did -- "tough decisions" was the phrase du jour during the interview, much as it has been during the campaign -- but rather that some people have been upset by them.

"People always appreciate that you can learn from mistakes, that no one is perfect. For someone who we may have disagreed with on a particular issue, I think they would appreciate the fact that we're saying, 'Well, okay, going forward we'll still make tough decisions, we'll still show leadership, we'll do a better job making sure people feel and know that we listened to them in formulating that decision,'" Fenty said.

Speaking more broadly of his tenure, Fenty was convinced of the value of the work he and his administration have done.

"You have to put yourself into my position four years ago. I'm going into running the administration, and that's at the forefront of my mind. To not go 1,000 miles per hour, to not attack the bureaucracy -- that would have been counter to everything I ran on. I ran as a results-oriented, hard-driving, take no prisoners, shaking things up city council member who was going to bring that sense of urgency to the bowels of government. And that is what we've done."

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Martin Austermuhle blogs at DCist. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

By Martin Austermuhl  | September 13, 2010; 1:45 PM ET
Categories:  D.C., D.C. politics, Fenty, HotTopic, Local blog network, Mayor Fenty, schools  
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