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D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty's loose lips at local pool

On May 21., D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty (in lifeguard's chair) kicks off the 2009 summer pool season in Anacostia. (Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post)

Rules are rules, Mr. Mayor! A journalist who ran into Adrian Fenty at Wilson Aquatic Center reports that D.C.'s triathlete chief exec got irritated when the pool manager told him to stow his bag. Apparently the mayor brought a large duffel onto the pool deck where only mesh bags are allowed, former NYT reporter Edward Cowan wrote in his e-mail newsletter on D.C. politics. Cowan had just been scolded for bringing a canvas bag into the area, so he tattled on the mayor's tote, and the manager duly warned Fenty to put his bag away.

"Fenty's eyebrows shot up, and he asked more questions," Cowan wrote. "Visibly and audibly, he was irritated. '33,000 people work for me,' he said, his voice trailing off. The rest sounded something like 'I can't control what all of them do.'" But he put the bag away.

Cowan kept his eye on Fenty during his swim, and later asked a coach on the scene for his critique. "He's okay," said the coach. "He needs to work more on his [arm] pull."

By The Reliable Source  |  January 29, 2010; 1:02 AM ET
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Please, this isn't even gossip -- it's the ridiculously magnified whine of an unhappy, slighted reporter. "I made the Mayor put his bag away... and his swimming sux."

Middle school stuff.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | January 29, 2010 6:58 AM | Report abuse

Margaret the story will blossom when the Mayor fires the manager for forcing him to follow the same rules, imposed by the Department of Health, that everyone else has to follow. He will hide behind personnel rules as to why he cant comment on why the employee was fired. His M.O. is very transparent.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | January 29, 2010 7:48 AM | Report abuse

while i am often critical of some of the mayor's decisions. this is one of the dumbest things I have ever read. The only person I am mad at is me. I will never get those 60 seconds back.

Posted by: rox77 | January 29, 2010 8:47 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: MUPPET | January 29, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Fenty needs to pull that silver spoon out of his ass. Rules are rules wether we agree with them or not. He is so full of himself I believe he looks in the mirror when he masturbates.

Posted by: eno0581 | January 29, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

I'll bet the mayor peed in the pool too.

Posted by: ashmat2710 | January 29, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

just vote this guy out. thats all.

Posted by: stayone | January 29, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Telling! However, this does not change that Cowan now appears to be a d-bag.

Posted by: menckenmensch | January 29, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

While Fenty gets on my nerves...this is not a news story. Everybody knows he can be an arrogant a$$ but the reporter in this story is a d-bag. Grow up

Posted by: scrappyc20001 | January 29, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

And people wonder why people don't listen/read/watch the media. A reporter "told". Give me a break. Are we adults or middle make that grade school students?

Posted by: rlj1 | January 29, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

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