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"Worst Week in Washington" Winner: Adrian Fenty

The District's soon-to-be-former mayor won our award this week.

Here's an excerpt from the write-up, which appears in Sunday's dead-tree edition of the Post:

"No politician -- we repeat, no politician -- should ever lose an election when a majority of voters look favorably on what he or she has done in office. Yet on Tuesday, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty accomplished that feat.

Four years ago, Fenty won the Democratic primary by nearly 30 points. Now, his political fortunes are in reverse, after losing his reelection bid against D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray in last week's primary -- a loss that even Fenty's staunchest allies acknowledged was preventable.

According to a terrific report by my Post colleagues Nikita Stewart and Paul Schwartzman, Fenty's advisers met with the wunderkind mayor way back in June to lay out his political problem in simple terms: People didn't like him.

Fenty's reaction? He proclaimed himself "proud" of his record and stormed out of the room. Wrong move. The seeds of his loss were sown in that fundamental miscalculation -- that people vote on the policies, not the person."


By Chris Cillizza  | September 17, 2010; 7:00 PM ET
Categories:  Worst Week in Washington  
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