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Posted at 7:30 PM ET, 09/ 5/2010

Why Fenty's style is an issue

By washingtonpost.com editors

By John Hammond
Washington

The Sept. 1 editorial “Mr. Fenty’s disconnect,” basically reiterated the Post editorial board’s endorsement of D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty for reelection, stating: “We think that the record shows his well-run administration has begun to reform schools and that it has lowered crime and improved city services in all eight wards.” Respondents to The Post’s poll on the Sept. 14 primary, it continued, generally agreed that the District is headed in the right direction and that Mr. Fenty is responsible for that progress.

The editorial dismissed community stalwarts as “mandarins” and the mayor’s dealings with the D.C. Council as “silly fights.” That conflated his administrative and the council’s respective policy and oversight responsibilities and failed to take into account how he has rewarded his supporters and special interests and how he routinely brushes aside legitimate concerns regarding his planning and regulation responsibilities. Only in passing did it mention the secrecy that has hindered the ability of the council and the public to track Mr. Fenty’s decisions, affording him leeway to pursue his and his supporters’ interests.

The editorial first characterized his “take-charge, cutting-through-the-bureaucracy, don’t-take-no-for-an-answer-style of governing” and then expressed the hope that the candidates move beyond questions of style. In fact, Mr. Fenty’s supercilious and secretive administrative style is precisely what accounts for his disconnect with D.C. voters.

By washingtonpost.com editors  | September 5, 2010; 7:30 PM ET
Categories:  D.C., D.C. politics, HotTopic  
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Comments

Another key issue undecided voters want to know about is whether contracts to friends of Adrian Fenty were legal. We searched and found testimony in a TOWNHALL oversight hearing where DC Councilman David Catania provided a reading of Federal law to the Fenty administration's City Administrator, Neil Albert. Here's what we found with 'NO SPIN' for those who wants answers. YOU DECIDE! Pass it on. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsUUHQWdNj8

Posted by: jobforce | September 5, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

How can David Catania be unbiased. He is on record being a Fenty supporter. He also has no oversight capacity in his committee. In this area. This would be pure theater.

Posted by: CultureClub | September 5, 2010 11:27 PM | Report abuse

Washington Examiner said….Number of D.C. Schools Meeting National Standards PLUNGES!

It’s time for Michelle Rhee and Mayor Fenty’s experiment on DCPS to end:

1. 8 out of 87 DCPS elementary schools met their DC CAS AYP targets

2. 2 out of 34 middle and high schools met their DC CAS AYP targets

Over the past 3 years the number of DCPS Schools NOT meeting their DC CAS National Targets has increased since Mayor Fenty hired school Chancellor, Michelle Rhee. Rhee continues to recruit unqualified (TFA’s)and un-credentialed folks to teach and run our schools (New Leaders). The above facts speak for themselves.

September 14th…….DC parents will make the needed change happen. Fenty & Rhee must go!

Posted by: hello101 | September 6, 2010 6:58 AM | Report abuse

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