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Who would you vote for in D.C. Democratic mayoral primary?

Today, The Washington Post editorial board endorsed current mayor Adrian Fenty for re-election in the forthcoming Democratic primary. Fenty's chief rival in the Sept. 14 primary, D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray, is a devoted and sober-minded public servant, and the other candidates are Ernest E. Johnson, Leo Alexander and Sulaimon Brown.

Who do you plan to vote for? Let us know below.

By Cameron Smith  |  July 30, 2010; 12:57 PM ET  | Category:  Local Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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I wonder how long the WP will allow this poll to remain up?

Posted by: dccounselor72 | July 30, 2010 1:38 PM

Perhaps you meant to ask, "For whom would you vote in D.C. mayoral primary?"

Posted by: jackjburke | July 31, 2010 12:50 PM

Until the WP gets enough people to vote to pass Gray, if the can.

Remember the post is running fenty's campaign.

Posted by: gordonbundy | July 31, 2010 2:02 PM

Fred Thompson!!!!

Posted by: Computer_Forensics_Expert_Computer_Expert_Witness | July 31, 2010 10:40 PM

Oh, Gordon, you might recall that Gray is running to bring back all the old corrupt political shenanigans in DC.

Posted by: thmas | August 1, 2010 12:01 AM

It is absurd that WP is endorsing Fenty. Why would anyone endorse such an arrogant person. For the past four years, Fenty has ruled DC like a dictator. He has given multiple city contracts to his cronies, his entire administration is ran by his unqualified friends, and 85% of his executive staff in the "bullpin" are recent graduates who are under the age of 25 and have no work experience! Furthermore, Fent has yet to address the wife-beater rumors. Is it true Mr. Fenty that you have beaten your wife? Is it true Mr. Fenty that the only reason Ms. Cathy Lanier has her job as chief of police is because she covered up one of your wife-beating incidents? Mr. Fenty, your only respose to these wife-beating questions thus far has been that you will turn over these type of questions to your attorney. By attorney, Mr. Fenty, do you mean Peter Nickles, whom acts as your personal attorney although he is supposed to be the city's attorney, or do you mean Kai Blisset, whom you recently appointed as your attorney general--a recent Howard university law school graduate who isn't even barred in DC?

Posted by: AttyCeleste83 | August 1, 2010 9:27 AM

I question why the Post is doing this. The editorial board has done enough to convince voters that voting yes for Fenty is voting yes to more corruption, believing that Rhee does not lie and that the mayor is not dimwitted.( A term that the Post used, not me.)

Posted by: candycane1 | August 1, 2010 2:01 PM

The Endorsement of OZ

Reading the Washington Post for the past 40 years has been an exciting and transformative journey. But sadly, to comprehend the factual disconnects, unsupported opinions and gross rationalizations expressed in the Post’s endorsement of Mayor Adrian Fenty, it is difficult to recognize the qualities that once made the Washington Post a consistently great newspaper and reliable public record.

The editorial board’s depiction of Fenty and his great and powerful accomplishments is reminiscent of the elaborate and magical image machine that the Wizard of OZ created to impress the Munchkins of Emerald City, and later Dorothy and her friends who believed he could grant their wishes. Even as Dorothy’s dog Toto pulls back the curtain to expose the Wizard as a fraud (his real name was Oscar Zoroaster Phadrig Isaac Norman Henkel Emmannuel Ambroise Diggs; or by his initials… O.Z. P.I.N.H.E.A.D.), the giant head shouts, "Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!"

So many years ago, Katherine Graham inherited the reigns of The Washington Post just as the cultural tornado of the 1970's changed the journalistic landscape; and she made the most of it. As the first woman to run a prominent national newspaper, Graham overcame her own anxiety and lack of confidence to become its greatest publisher (1969-79). After being scooped by the NY Times disclosure of the Pentagon Papers (1971), the Washington Post soon established itself as a leader in investigative journalism. With the help of Executive Editor Ben Bradley (who she hired), they built a newspaper that rivaled or led all others in its coverage of most anything newsworthy.

Posted by: AGAAIA | August 1, 2010 4:42 PM

The Endorsement of OZ (continued)

The Washington Post’s coverage of stories like Watergate fulfilled the most fundamental function of a free press, which protects the public interest by holding individuals, organized groups (or businesses), and our institutions of government accountable. And while such investigations put Washington Post personnel and news sources at significant personal risk, it was worth the price.

In the 70’s, some conservatives called The Washington Post "Pravda on the Potomac." Today, a majority of Washingtonians feels similarly about much of its local reporting, and especially the editorial board, but for vastly different reasons. They believe the newspaper that they once trusted is now providing cover for select powerful interests by limiting critical and balanced reporting. And more specifically, many believe that the Washington Post continues to defend and now endorse Fenty (and by extension DCPS Chancellor Michelle Rhee’s education policies) because of it’s own vast and direct financial interest in education.

In its reporting, the Washington Post Company (NYSE: ‘WPO’) rarely identifies itself as the owner of Kaplan, Inc., one of the world's largest providers of educational services. It is the Washington Post Company's fastest growing division and its largest revenue producer. In 2009, Kaplan's revenues jumped to $2.6 billion, accounting for more than 55% of total WPO revenues and with profits of more than $300 million, the only profit making subsidiary of WPO. In comparison, The Washington Post newspaper and Newsweek magazine now account for less than 20% of total revenue of WPO, and each operates at a loss. WPO is currently trying to find a buyer for Newsweek magazine.

As 'Deepthroat' told the young reporter from the Washington Post, "Follow the Money." It is time that we paid attention to that man behind the curtain.

Posted by: AGAAIA | August 1, 2010 4:43 PM

To AGAAIA: Bravo!! Well said, and sorely needed to be understood by every person intending to vote in the upcoming election. I would only add one additional clarification, to further underscore your point: The Post/Kaplan Company's financial interest is in FOR-PROFIT educational enterprises, featuring the transfer to PRIVATE SCHOOLS of PUBLIC DOLLARS as well as STANDARDIZED TEST PREPARATION and ADMINISTRATION. Follow the money, indeed.

Posted by: nan_lynn | August 1, 2010 7:57 PM

Adrian Fenty is trying to move DC into the 21st century and Vinny Gray wants to take DC back to the 1980s...

Posted by: demtse | August 1, 2010 8:57 PM

this is truly a non-scientific poll, which the Post well knows.

It does suggest where the energy is, which is overwhelmingly for Gray.

Now Fenty's millions will be spent trying to overcome that.

Posted by: efavorite | August 1, 2010 9:01 PM

Vincent Gray is the best candidate for Mayor. You should Poll the City Agencies and staff that work for the Mayor. They secretly hope Fenty loses because they see how much cronyism and mismanagement has followed this administration. Instead of Chancellor Rhee firing Teachers in the union and firing Principals that disagree with her and don't kiss her rear. She should be evaluated by the Teachers and by the Parents and the Prinicipals for the resources and management of her bloated and inefficient staff and how badly the middle managers in the downtown public school headquarters are squandering our money. We spend more on overpaid middle managers and overpaid staff that work for Rhee and we don't pay our teachers enough. More importantly, we must have Parents decide which principals and teachers are removed or hired. Many good Principals were fired only because they questioned Rhee's crazy behaviour. Parents and kids protested and teachers protested, but "nobody bothers Rhee either". :)

Posted by: topagent | August 1, 2010 9:28 PM

Michelle Rhee’s ex-husband, Kevin Huffman, is a consultant with the Wash Post editorial board and it’s a facade for her PR machine that she uses for propaganda and to campaign for Fenty.

Here’s the proof: on Oct 14, 2009, Mike DeBonis, published an email in the City Paper that Rhee sent to the Wash Post Editorial Board requesting that the board writes “a good piece” about Dr. Hartsock.

The editorial board adhered to Rhee’s orders, and the next day, “a good piece” was written by so-called “impartial professionals. Here’s the link to email from Rhee to the Wash Post Editorial Board and what Mike DeBonis wrote about the bogus Editorial Board:

"How to Get a Sweet Wash Post Editorial
Posted by Mike DeBonis on Oct. 14, 2009 at 4:35 pm

In case you were doubting the tight relationship between the Washington Post editorial board and the upper echelons of the Fenty administration---particularly schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee---check this e-mail, sent on Oct. 5 from Rhee to embattled parks-and-rec director-designee Ximena Hartsock:

Spoke to Wapo ed board folks about you today. Told them you are the most qualified person possible, that you have amazing capacity and that everything you do has your hallmark of excellence. They'll write a good piece for tomorrow.”

Posted by: GoldCoast | August 1, 2010 9:45 PM

It has been clear for some time that the Post has lost touch with what is really going on in the District, which is why the Current newspapapers, Loose Lips and various blogs are booming. Still, the Fenty endorsement is ludicrous. Success in economic development??? The Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development should be renamed the Office of Issuing RFP's to No Effect, or maybe the Deputy Mayor for Trying to Get Rid of Every Major Real Estate Asset the District Owns at Rock Bottom Prices in the Middle of a Recession. Where is the evidence of any economic development that has resulted?
And when did arrogant "my way or the highway" approaches become leadership, and consensus building become a bad thing?

Posted by: realWashingtonian | August 1, 2010 11:46 PM

After Fenty loses it will be interesting to see how his staff with their meager qualifications and lack of ability to do their jobs, will fare in the real world, competing for employment with qualified people. It will be comical. Good luck Mafara-No-Comment-Please-Put-All-Of-Your-Questions-In-An-E-mail-Because-I-Have-To-Forward-It-To-Peter-Nickles-First-Because-I-Am-Too-Dumb-To-Answer-Myself-Hobson. And the remaining staff with quarter page length resumes, failed bar examinees/unlicensed attorneys and FBI suspects the market is tough even when you ARE qualified. Get started looking for a job now!! (As I sing, "Its Hard Out There for a Pimp" in my head) :-)

Posted by: LoveTheCapitol | August 1, 2010 11:59 PM

WaPo's endorsement of Fenty confirmed my decision to vote for Gray.

Posted by: uh_huhh | August 2, 2010 5:35 AM

Vincent Gray will get a soccer-specific stadium in D.C.

Nuf sed.

Posted by: bs2004 | August 2, 2010 8:38 AM

Can I vote for the crackhead again?

Posted by: overed | August 2, 2010 8:57 AM

Crime is down and educations up. Thats enough for my vote

Posted by: Bumstead | August 2, 2010 9:54 AM

Notice how Fenty fan's use the one liners such as "crime is down and education is up".

Crime may be down but no thanks to Fenty the giver of gifts to all things "frat brothers." Education is up but again no thanks to Rhee the terminator or the let me print lies WP. Education is up for some but down for the majority of DCPS students.

Get real.

Posted by: dccounselor72 | August 2, 2010 10:07 AM

Don't worry. Fenty supporters would vote multiple times and you'll gradually see the numbers increase.

Posted by: vscribe | August 2, 2010 10:08 AM

@ topagent - I completely disagree with your entire post - however, your line "nobody bothers Rhee either" is absolutley hilarious. A little old school DC. Can you come up with something using Mr. Ray's Hair Weave?

Posted by: overed | August 2, 2010 10:12 AM


Fred Thompson? This really explains your User ID. What about S. Palin, D. Cheney, etc.? Anyone more Tea Party folks you want to run in DC?

Posted by: guylady20102 | August 2, 2010 10:15 AM


You disagree with topagent but can only crack a tired joke re: "nobody bother Rhee either."

Another example why Fenty supporters are looking more and more lame each day.

Posted by: guylady20102 | August 2, 2010 10:22 AM

guylady20102 wrote -
You disagree with topagent but can only crack a tired joke re: "nobody bother Rhee either."
Another example why Fenty supporters are looking more and more lame each day.
Oh for crying out loud you non-humorous twit. 1: I didn't make the joke re Rhee, topagent made a play on an old school DC commercial which I thought was funny. I believe that that was actually the intent of topagent's turn of a phrase; 2) My comment did not address anything about the comment itself. So you are saying that, simply because I disagree with topagent's specific comment, I am, a) a Fenty supporter and thus, b) lame. Is that correct? That's what you're saying? Would you mind explaining how you reach that conclusion?

Posted by: overed | August 2, 2010 10:37 AM

Long-time DC resident.

Fenty has lost ALL my previous support because he's failed across the board to deliver.

Gray has demonstrated he's only interested in enriching his friends and embodies all the old corrupt style of DC politics.

.... doesn't leave any good choices that could take the reins of the city and lead it forward.

Posted by: HillRat | August 2, 2010 11:12 AM

Many district residents disagree not only with the post's editorial board endorsement (as the early "unscientific" polling results indicate here), but even more than disagreeing with the endorsement, folks are even more flummoxed by the prematurity of the endorsement before the campaign was allowed to develop.

For a "contrarian" view of the Washington Post endorsement, check out this blog commentary: of Adrian Fenty:

Posted by: joshuabelldc | August 2, 2010 12:24 PM

Did Ms. Wang tell the Post how much Ms. Clinton paid for her dress? clue us in!

Posted by: judithclaire1939 | August 2, 2010 6:41 PM

Here are my reasons for voting for Anyone BUT Fenty:

After 10 years of increasing school test scores, scores declined last year
Fixing schools requires more than just a Diva firing “ineffective” teachers
Crime is up over the last years
DC now has the highest city-wide unemployment in it’s history
Fenty has awarded his fraternity brothers $82 MILLION in illegal contracts that they were unqualified for
Fenty arrived into office with a huge budget surplus that he has turned into a large deficit
He has depleted our Rainy Day Funds so he could open $400k dog parks and heat his favorite swimming pool
He leaves the country without telling anyone or leaving any one as custodian of the DC government
His personality: Arrogant, selfish, lack of compassion
He is unwilling to hear any different opinion and anyone that doesn’t agree with him
Fenty doesn’t consult with the community on ANYTHING.
Fenty has not held ONE news conference since becoming Mayor. Not one.
Fenty misses community meetings and simply says he “couldn’t make it happen”
When asked about a triple homicide, Fenty says “it could have been worse”
Fenty refuses to hand over any government records- has worst record of responding to Freedom of Information Act requests
Fenty is unable to play well with others- refuses to give City Council tickets to Nationals game
Fenty lead a sketchy donation of firetrucks to the Dominican Republic. Don’t we need them?
Fenty has a poor record on juvenile justice and public safety- Kids that were in custody murdered DC Principal Brian Betts.

Posted by: DCResident3 | August 4, 2010 10:48 AM

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