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Is Vince Gray worried about a Fenty write-in campaign?

It appears that there is little standing in the way of D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray becoming the city's next mayor. He handily defeated Mayor Adrian M. Fenty in the Sept. Democratic primary and faces just token opposition in the general election on Nov. 2. True, there is a fledgling campaign to write in Fenty, but if the vanquished mayor couldn't win with his name on the ballot and millions of dollars in campaign funds, what are the chances of him winning a write in?

Even more significantly, Fenty says he's not part of the long-shot campaign; the only plans he is supposedly making is involve how to bring in a paycheck come Jan. 2. So, it was a little surprising to hear Gray in a recent video chat with me cite uncertainty over the write-in as one reason it would be premature, not to mention presumptuous, to start acting as if he were elected by announcing his cabinet. "Are you worried?" I asked Gray; to which he pretty much answered, you never know. Clearly, Gray is right about there being no guarantees in politics. Who, after all, would have thought a year ago that Fenty, seemingly cruising toward reelection, would be challenged, much less defeated?

Gray is a naturally cautious politician, and for all the new-found cordiality between him and the mayor over a smooth transition, I suspect there's still an element of mistrust between the two men. Fenty has disavowed the write-in, but he hasn't really told the organizers to knock it off, that he won't serve if somehow a miracle occurs and he is elected. If he really wanted to send a signal, he could have showed up at Gray's recent Ward 3 town hall to make clear the chairman has his support. Instead, there were supporters of the write-in campaign talking about their hopes the mayor will come aboard if they get more support. So it's understandable that Gray is wary and -- unlike Fenty, who seemed oblivious to his vulnerability -- taking nothing for granted.

By Jo-Ann Armao  | October 11, 2010; 12:50 PM ET
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Ms. Armao, you asked this question, "Who, after all, would have thought a year ago that Fenty, seemingly cruising toward reelection, would be challenged, much less defeated?"

My response, I did and so too did many other residents of the District of Columbia. Since you and The Washington Post have more influence with Mayor Fenty than voters of the District, why don't you and reporters from The Washington Post ask Mayor Fenty to denounce the write-in campaign?

Robert Vinson Brannum
rbrannum@robertbrannum.com

Posted by: robert158 | October 11, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Gray is not worried about a Fenty write-in campaign keeping him from winning the Mayors' office, he's worried about the significance of a serious Fenty write-in campaign, in terms of how the heck is he going to do anything significant as Mayor other than dole-out jobs and contracts.

This campaign has shown, if nothing else, the willingness that DC residents have to take steps to protect their own slice of the American pie. Regardless of what it is or how it was obtained. He's staring down the barrel of complete impotence as the DC mayor.

Posted by: chucklebuck | October 11, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

After all the polarization created by the WP editorial Board, it's about time for Joann to start accepting reality--Vince Gray is on his way to becoming the next elected Mayor of the District of Columbia. However, he knows that when you deal with a junk yard dog, he might try to bite you again. So, Gray is making sure that nothing is taken for granted when dealing with Mayor Fenty.

Posted by: dcgovcorruption | October 11, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

It is time to focus on the future. The Washington Post's endorsement of Mayor Fenty did not sway the voters of the city of Washington, DC. Let's move forward as One City together and cease decisive tactics once and for all.

Posted by: EKBudic | October 11, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

If Mr Gray is worried about the write-in campaign there is a sure fire easy way to make sure it doesn't happen. Convince Michelle Rhee to stay on through the 2012 school year to see her changes followed through with, and then PUBLICLY support her in a news conference. Unfourtanetly the angry citizens and Union leaders who won him the primary race will lose it if he does that. So in essence he should just hope that this campaign doesn't materialize.

I will point out that I am planning to write Fenty in, if nothing else to make a point that there are a large amount of people in the District who are willing to support someone else next election.

Posted by: AndyR3 | October 11, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Joanne uh???? He can do it, I do believe he can, if he applies the right people. He has to have faith. He has to find the ones who got him in..approach them and tell them what he sees for the future, three years is not enough to please all of D.C but it was a start. Cronies?? Who do you think Gray going to bring in? His friends are just waiting to get thier hands on this city..remember the school system in the nineties? Shall we Say?? "Lean on Me" The nasty men that prowl on these little girls? They are out in dozens just waiting for the change of hands!!! Or are they? Our Health Department when he was one of the..Men IN Charge? Shall we begin there?? The people will begin to appreciate the city, if we can get them to see that before the elections. They have a fear of losing it to what he had four years ago. Deep down, even though we are upset with him, We cannot ignore the changes that brought D.C to what is today..safer, cleaner, and stronger!

Posted by: karrionwalker | October 11, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Gray must be worried as fkuc. He had campaign workers at Union Station at noon -- on a Federal holiday, no less -- passing out literature while he was speaking.

Posted by: bs2004 | October 11, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Gray, when interviewed, could not say which of Fenty's policies he didn't like or which he would change. Gray is still not a good candidate for Mayor. The Fenty write-in campaign will allow the registered Independents and Republicans to vote for Fenty and that could make the difference. Elections are about voting for the candidate who will do the best job over the next four years. Fenty's the one.

Posted by: voter20 | October 11, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Be gone "Satan" (Fenty).

Posted by: Ward4DC | October 11, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Be gone "Satan" (Fenty).

Posted by: Ward4DC | October 11, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

But of course the Post would endorse Fenty, both lamely disguising whitebread elitism as pseudo-progressivism.
This registered independent can't wait to notch a mark in the general election for Gray against Fenty's cronycopia.

Posted by: MrSoftee | October 11, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

He's done and here's the best part, If that man go after a write campaign by those who attempted to divide this city, there will be such a outpour of support for Gray to which those write in Facebook folk have never could anticipate.

What happens if Fenty decide to run and lose again then what are these people gonna do? WHAT? Move? Are they that self-centered with themselves? Are they gonna act like babies and have a tantrum? Let's move on, Gray won fair and square and these sour grape attiudes need to get over it.

Fenty was given his chance and he lost. I'm not even thinking about him now but the future of our city. ONE CITY and that dont mean just a bunch of arrogant people with their spoiled butts but we'll be than more happy to have you!

Posted by: smitty21960 | October 11, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

He's done and here's the best part, If that man go after a write campaign by those who attempted to divide this city, there will be such a outpour of support for Gray to which those write in Facebook folk have never could anticipate.

What happens if Fenty decide to run and lose again then what are these people gonna do? WHAT? Move? Are they that self-centered with themselves? Are they gonna act like babies and have a tantrum? Let's move on, Gray won fair and square and these sour grape attitudes need to get over it.

Fenty was given his chance and he lost. I'm not even thinking about him now but the future of our city. ONE CITY and that dont mean just a bunch of arrogant people with their spoiled butts but we'll be than more happy to have you!

Posted by: smitty21960 | October 11, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Adrian Fenty and Michelle Rhee’s
ongoing CORRUPT connection with thugster-
henchman-wannabe impresario Ron Moten
and
millions of dollars of no-bid city contracts,
including with DCPS schools ! = />

Can we perhaps get the City Council to do an investigation behind exactly what goes on with Ron Moten and his Peaceoholics organization in DC Public Schools. Several, and I mean several, of Moten’s Peaceoholics ADULT employees have engaged in sex with female DC Public School students as young as
14 years old, some of these teenage girls have children with these men as well. Much of Moten’s staff consists of convicted felons: rapists, drug dealers and murders. When allegations are brought to the attention of school principals or MPD, the Fenty admin make them disappear…..and in return DC government continues to feed the
Peaceoholics piggy bank.

Concerned Citizen writes:

"Mr. Harrison who is an employee of he Peaceoholics sexually assaulted a female student at Spingarn High School. I am not going to say alledged because he has been arrested. He also allegedly proposed at least six other young ladies. This is not the end. Mr. Barry, is an ex-con who spent 22 years in prison for MURDER. Yea MURDER! This is what Mayor Fenty and Michelle Rhee allows in our school. No background check done per the policy of DCPS. THe Peaceoholics have free run of the school. They were dismissed from the school the same day of the assault. Similar allegations have been made at other schools. Why does the district continue to allow the Peaceoholics to assault our students?"
This story can be verified by legal documents, court records, and prior news reports.
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/09/18/AR2009091803045.html?nav=rss_opinion/columns

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http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/citydesk/2010/05/06/peaceoholics-took-betts-suspects-on-retreat/

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http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/local/Fenty-backer-in-line-for-no-bid-contract-498482-100810519.html

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Posted by: honestpolicy | October 11, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

news source =>
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/local/Fenty-backer-in-line-for-no-bid-contract-498482-100810519.html

The Fenty administration is expected to soon give a $400,000 no-bid contract to Peaceoholics, a nonprofit group founded by one of Fenty's biggest supporters, to work with troubled city youths, The Washington Examiner has learned.
The check is expected to be signed within the week, according to sources with knowledge of Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services funding. If that happens, the controversial nonprofit group will have cornered $900,000 in city and federal funding for the year through DYRS. It would also mean the contractor had secured nearly $5 million in funding from city youth services since 2006.
Peaceoholics founder Ron Moten told The Examiner that DYRS is making up for the $400,000 in work Peaceoholics performed over two months last fall after the council canceled its contracts. That funding was canceled by the D.C. Council in August 2009 after concerns were raised about the contracts' no-bid nature.
"We should have stopped the work once the contract was stopped," Moten said. "Lesson learned."
Fenty spokeswoman Mafara Hobson directed The Examiner's request for comment to DYRS. Agency spokesman Reggie Sanders did not respond.
Fenty has been searching for a way to get cash to Peaceoholics for several months, according to several sources. But unlike previous years, he had trouble finding justification for a contract, the sources said.
Much of this year's resistance came from former DYRS chief Marc Schindler, sources said.
"Unlike previous years, the demand from Fenty to contract with Peaceoholics didn't come as an outright directive," said one source. "Marc simply did nothing."
Fenty fired Schindler on July 19 after a series of incidents that left 10 youths in city custody accused of murder and six killed. The mayor replaced him with Robert Hildum, deputy attorney general in charge of the public safety division. Within three weeks, Hildum promoted Linda Harllee-Harper to replace the outgoing David Muhammad as head of commitment.
Harllee-Harper was a member of the Peaceoholics board of directors until 2007, when she stepped down upon being hired by DYRS.

Soon after her promotion, Ron Moten and Peaceoholics' co-founder Jauhar Abraham met with DYRS officials to discuss the $400,000 contract, sources said. Moten says he has stepped down as Peaceoholics president so he can campaign for Fenty, although he has retained a position on the group's board."

Crucial -- see the following webpages for further info.
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/09/18/AR2009091803045.html?nav=rss_opinion/columns

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http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/citydesk/2010/05/06/peaceoholics-took-betts-suspects-on-retreat/

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Posted by: honestpolicy | October 11, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Is Washington Post/Kaplan Test Services Corporation tool Joanne Armao a shill producing swill -- in the service of the Big Boys & the Billionaires' toy think-tanks? Does Ms. Armao even bother to proofread for grammar & spellcheck the swill that she shills?

Is the public becoming wiser and getting disgusted with Hedge Fund gamesters, dreck-swapping/check-kiting banksters, Privatizers & Edu-Profiteers, along with their paid-for pundits, planted operatives & P.R. marketing crew/mouthpieces?

The Privatizers & Edu-Profiteers are greased & geared up to scam your family, steal or devalue middle class/working class property & assets, and pounce on your children so as to edu-manufacture mindless consumers, drones, guinea pigs/lab rats, military cannon fodder, and of course a few select 'yes-men/women', technical experts, spokesmodel 'tokens', toxic entertainers, or socio-political fixers (to serve the agendas of the elites).

Posted by: honestpolicy | October 11, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Well, doesn't the Washington Post own Kaplan (testing, test prep. & 'virtual schools' Inc., the pseudo-education company
(that is currently under investigation for fraudulent practices
& financial misappropriation (as per the Federal Government,
Dept. of Ed., U.S. Attorney General, and also under investigation by Congressional committees)?

THAT's a conflict of interests as well as a corrupt media/press company, also. Kaplan corporation has a vested personal interest in all of the ed. reforms don't they? the more charters and testing, the more product they can sell. Just shoes you how corrupt and dirty this game really is . . .

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Posted by: honestpolicy | October 11, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Well, doesn't the Washington Post own Kaplan (testing, test prep. & 'virtual schools' Inc., the pseudo-education company
(that is currently under investigation for fraudulent practices
& financial misappropriation (as per the Federal Government,
Dept. of Ed., U.S. Attorney General, and also under investigation by Congressional committees)?

THAT's a conflict of interests as well as a corrupt media/press company, also. Kaplan corporation has a vested personal interest in all of the ed. reforms don't they? the more charters and testing, the more product they can sell. Just shoes you how corrupt and dirty this game really is . . .

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Posted by: honestpolicy | October 11, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Jo-Ann Armao is a paid shill of the privatized education industry. Her employer makes most of its profit from snaring local and federal government education grants to the tune of billions per year. The Post should make clear when its writers have a business interest in the topic at hand.

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Posted by: honestpolicy | October 11, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Well, doesn't the Washington Post own Kaplan (testing, test prep. & 'virtual schools' Inc., the pseudo-education company
(that is currently under investigation for fraudulent practices
& financial misappropriation (as per the Federal Government,
Dept. of Ed., U.S. Attorney General, and also under investigation by Congressional committees)?

THAT's a conflict of interests as well as a corrupt media/press company, also. Kaplan corporation has a vested personal interest in all of the ed. reforms don't they? the more charters and testing, the more product they can sell.
Just shows you how corrupt and dirty this game really is . . .

========================

Jo-Ann Armao is
a paid shill of the privatized education industry.
Her employer makes most of its profit from snaring local and federal government education grants to the tune of billions per year. The Washington Post should make clear when its writers have a business interest in the topic at hand.

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Posted by: honestpolicy | October 11, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Well, doesn't the Washington Post own Kaplan (testing,
test prep. & 'virtual schools' Inc.), --- the pseudo-education company that is currently under investigation for
fraudulent practices & financial misappropriation
(as per the Federal Government,
Dept. of Ed., U.S. Attorney General, and also
under investigation by Congressional committees)?

THAT's a conflict of interests as well as a corrupt media/press company, also. Kaplan corporation has a vested personal interest in all of the ed. reforms don't they? the more charters and testing, the more product they can sell.
Just shows you how corrupt and dirty this game really is . . .

------------------------

Jo-Ann Armao is
a paid shill of the privatized education industry.
Her employer makes most of its profit from snaring local and federal government education grants to the tune of billions per year. The Washington Post should make clear when its writers have a business interest in the topic at hand.

-------------------------

Posted by: honestpolicy | October 11, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Is Washington Post/Kaplan Test Services Corporation tool Joanne Armao a shill producing swill -- in the service of the Big Boys & the Billionaires' toy think-tanks?

Is the public becoming wiser and getting disgusted with Hedge Fund gamesters, dreck-swapping/check-kiting banksters, Privatizers & Edu-Profiteers, along with their paid-for pundits, planted operatives & P.R. marketing crew/mouthpieces?

The Privatizers & Edu-Profiteers are greased & geared up to scam your family, steal or devalue middle class/working class property & assets, and pounce on your children so as to edu-manufacture mindless consumers, drones, guinea pigs/lab rats, military cannon fodder, and of course a few select 'yes-men/women', technical experts, spokesmodel 'tokens', toxic entertainers, or socio-political fixers (to serve the agendas of the elites).

---------------------------

Well, doesn't the Washington Post own Kaplan (testing,
test prep. & 'virtual schools' Inc.), --- the pseudo-education company that is currently under investigation for
fraudulent practices & financial misappropriation
(as per the Federal Government,
Dept. of Ed., U.S. Attorney General, and also
under investigation by Congressional committees)?

THAT's a conflict of interests as well as a corrupt media/press company, also. Kaplan corporation has a vested personal interest in all of the ed. reforms don't they? the more charters and testing, the more product they can sell.
Just shows you how corrupt and dirty this game really is . . .

---------------------------

Jo-Ann Armao is
a paid shill of the privatized education industry.
Her employer makes most of its profit from snaring local and federal government education grants to the tune of billions per year. The Washington Post should make clear when its writers have a business interest in the topic at hand.

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Posted by: honestpolicy | October 11, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

"Kaplan corporation has a vested personal interest in all of the ed. reforms don't they?"

Kaplan sells to mainly upscale parents who want their children to score well on college entrance tests. Theoretically, a bad DC school system would increase demand for Kaplan services, but since the parents of DC really don't have the disposable income and interest in getting their kids to take Kaplan courses, there isn't much of a conflict. Places where Kaplan sells are locations like Chevy Chase, Bethesda, McLean, Great Falls, Loudon County, and other upscale white communities.

Where the conflict really surfaces is between the demographics of the newer, white residents of DC and the newsroom of the Washington Post. There are a bunch of young white people believing the solution is for them to do something. So they elected Fenty and hired Rhee, and nearly set progress back 50 years. Reform requires a lot more than the ability to ignore people.

Posted by: blasmaic | October 11, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

honestpolicy - if it feels good...do it - sex, drugs and rock an roll- play it again hp...sex...oooohhhh, drugs...snort, snort and just rock and roll for your soul!

Posted by: judithclaire1939 | October 11, 2010 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Really, the city should have a non-partisan election for mayor. As things stand, only registered Democrats select the mayor.

Fenty could not govern if he won through a write-in campaign.

Posted by: gbooksdc | October 11, 2010 11:30 PM | Report abuse

Adrian Fenty and his goons cannot be trusted along with his servant Ward 4 D.C. Councilmember Muriel Bowser.

Gbooksdc, you must remember thousands of bitter mostly white Democrats voted for Mayor Fenty. These are mostly the people that's pushing this write in campaign on FACE BOOK along with some blacks like Miss Ellie in Shepherd Park Ward 4. Don't forget Josh Lopez the Latino bully.

Fenty should move to El Salvador and look for work in January 2011.

Posted by: illegalalien | October 12, 2010 12:25 AM | Report abuse

I don't think Gray is "worried", I believe that he is just not a presumptuous person. The democratic party has positioned him to be their candidate for the general election, and he is acquiescing to that role until the last and final vote is counted in November.

Yes, it is far too early to announce who would be appointed to a Gray cabinet. We have less than qualified members of the Mayor's cabinet today. So it will not take much to top that.

Fenty has played 'lip service' to supporting the democrat nominated for Mayor in the primary, yet he hasn't denounced this "write-in effort". I do believe he is sinister enough to silently support the effort and would in a heartbeat switch gears.

So, it is in Gray's best interest to continue the campaign as he has.

To that end, we all need to get out and vote YES to making the Attorney General position an ELECTED one. Peter Nickles has proven that this seat should answer to THE PEOPLE and not THE MAYOR.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | October 12, 2010 8:39 AM | Report abuse

If Fenty really cared about DC he would stand with Gray and call for one city to stand together and have a smooth transition. He lost the election, and should step aside with some dignity. By encouraging this nonsense he is furthering proving his arrogance (the main reason he lost) and tarnishing his legacy as going down as a sore loser.

Posted by: roteki | October 12, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

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