What Fenty needed to hear
By Sally G. Kranz
As someone who has spent years as a public relations and public policy professional in Washington, I’ve been mystified over these past months as to why there wasn’t someone in D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty’s circle with the guts to tell him the truth about his actions and manner.
Obviously, Fenty needed to hear that despite his accomplishments, he was suffering from problems and shortcomings that threatened his reelection chances. The Sept. 16 front-page story “The unmaking of a mayor” makes clear that several of Mr. Fenty’s advisers and friends did try to make these points, only to be shot down.
Well, soon Fenty will be gone, but professional advisers everywhere would do well to use this story as a case history for their clients who think they know what is best for themselves and turn their backs on staff and others who often have a far better sense of public perception.
| September 17, 2010; 7:57 PM ET
Categories: D.C., D.C. politics, Mayor Fenty
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