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Adrian Fenty, an incumbent with a $5 million war chest who lost to council Chairman Vincent C. Gray on Tuesday, used many of the same tactics that had won him the mayoralty in 2006, frustrating advisers who thought he needed a more sophisticated campaign. Read the full article.

By Jodi Westrick  |  September 15, 2010; 7:24 AM ET  | Category:  Local Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Fenty lost the election that was his to win.

Posted by: pariba | September 15, 2010 10:23 AM

With all the change that has taken place and that will continue to take place, it just shows what Fenty should have known - the natives matter, and should always be considered in the midst of the change. Losing is the only thing that could have shown him this fact. It's unfortunate for him. Politics will continue, but people might feel noticed and considered within this inevitable change.

Posted by: MyOp2 | September 15, 2010 10:58 AM

Can you say HXLL NO.

Posted by: dccounselor72 | September 15, 2010 11:04 AM

I hate to sound so blah, but "It is what it is and good riddance". Thanks for listening.

Posted by: gordonj1 | September 15, 2010 12:00 PM

The last time I ran into Mayor Fenty, I told him that if he didn't begin to pay attention to us, that those of us who worked so very hard to get him elected into the office of Mayor, that we can just as easily take him out, and he just giggled under his breath......well? Who's giggling now? He became disengaged with us and now we with him. Now its Vince Gray's chance to listen and act, not just hear!

Posted by: ahernandez1 | September 15, 2010 1:56 PM

Ladies and Gentlemen welcome back to the corrupt days of Barry when DC had unqualified teachers, schools that were falling apart, the highest murder rate in the country, neigborhoods in massive decline and "white flight." Such a shame, the city was finally starting to get back on it's feet following Williams and Fenty's actions.

Posted by: dcer1992 | September 15, 2010 2:31 PM

Comparying Gray and Barry is like comparying apples and oranges. Please don't assume because they both have had the support of African American voters that they must be corrupt. Mr Fenty should have listen to the concerns of half the people in the city who happen to be African Americans and live East of the river. The last time I checked Rhee has not been elected to anything in D.C.

Posted by: kevltrlaw | September 15, 2010 2:57 PM

Wait... didn't the exact same people who elected Vincent Gray also elect Fenty, and Anthony Williams, twice, before him? And, the city was a good bit more black back in 1998, then it is now, you know.

You blame Gray, you blame the voters, you blame everyone but the guy who screwed himself every way from Sunday: Fenty. This was his election to lose, and the fact that he lost it speaks volumes about the man and his ability to lead a diverse city.

Seriously, are you just stupid, or is this the best you can come up with because your preferred candidate ran a crappy campaign and continually antagonized his electorate? Considering how much Fenty himself often spoke for the need for accountability, you sure are quick to blame his defeat on other people.

Posted by: jamietre | September 15, 2010 4:30 PM

DC is a black town and gray was "blacker" than fenty, who espoused "white" values like education, responsibility, and lawabiding.

Posted by: jibe | September 15, 2010 4:30 PM

Jibe, right. Of course. Yet, those same black folks (and there were a lot more of them back then) put Anthony Williams in office twice. He was a real "brutha," with his accounting degree and his bowtie.

Oh wait, and they also put Fenty in office last time around, despite his city council record of catering to white people.

So lets see, for some reason, after 12 years of voting for Williams, then Williams, then Fenty, all running on pro-business, pro-gentrification and pro-reform platforms, all those people suddenly remember they were black, and therefore don't want education reform or police?

Or maybe Fenty just sucked, and he lost.

Shut your racist pie hole and get over it. Seriously.


Posted by: jamietre | September 15, 2010 4:38 PM

The only thing that surprises me is how absolutely wrong the WAPO's editorial page got it. why the agenda to totally roll over for Fenty? The Post ought to fire the hack who was behind the endless laudatory Fentymercials.

Posted by: MotSegye1 | September 15, 2010 4:40 PM

Go, Jamietre!!!

Posted by: CharmStar | September 15, 2010 4:59 PM

Worst Campaign in History

Outside of his faults as mayor (well documented over the past 4-years), this had to be the worst run political campaign in history!

Whoever was Fenty’s campaign strategist should retire immediately. There were major faux pas committed (up until the very last days of the campaign).

For instance, the WP article on Michelle Fenty was a complete disaster and only validated the belief amongst votes that Fenty (and his family) are shallow elitist, who are out-of-touch with the “common folk”.

With only days before the primary, the article depicted Michelle Fenty eating at a fancy downtown restaurant that she "frequents often" and talking about the designer clothes that she wears. She might as well have been quoted saying, “Let them eat cake!”

Also who is the moron advised that it was OK for Fenty skip to a final campaign rally in order to compete in a triathlon (the very day before the election), while his opponent spent his final campaign days stomping the campaign trail with the common folk?!?

What genius would allow Ron Moten to be presented to the media and voting population as an official (or even unofficial) spokesperson for the campaign?

Why didn’t Fenty (or his campaign strategist) have the “common-sense” to distance the Mayor from Sinclair Skinner, years ago?

Fenty still allowed himself to be seen with Skinner on the campaign trail just recently; at that, why didn’t Skinner recluse himself from such events and the campaign, knowing that he was radioactive?

In retrospect, did Fenty even really benefit from Skinner’s involvement with the 2006 campaign or was Fenty just “in the right place, at the right time”.

Wow, what a horrible, horrible campaign, wrought with bone-headed and amateurish mistakes?!?

Posted by: BaffledbyFenty2010 | September 15, 2010 5:23 PM

I'm not surprised, but I am disappointed. If it doesn't matter that the city improved as long as the candidate is a jerk, then we are so lost.

Posted by: ravensfan20008 | September 15, 2010 8:25 PM

What's to be surprised? It would have been a surprise if Gray had lost after the vast majority of black DC voters turned their backs on Fenty.

I regret that Fenty isn't willing to run as an Independent or Republican in the general election.

If there is no viable candidate to oppose Gray for Mayor, then I am going to write in Rudy Giuliani, America's Mayor.

Posted by: millerroberta | September 15, 2010 9:31 PM

Fenty could've gotten past arrogant--it takes an SOB to shake the system out of its inertia. What killed it for me was his childishness, peevishness and petulance, whether over minor issues such as the baseball tickets and his personal travel, or large issues of transparency, accountability, and respect for a co-equal branch of government.

I would've made the argument that, despite his earlier overwhelming victory, Fenty lost support because he never really let people get to know him. It falls apart when you see that he lost his own district--the people who supposedly knew him best.

Hope Fenty's frat brothers have saved their money, and that Mr. Gray does not run in traffic-snarling marathons every other week.

Posted by: KSVA | September 15, 2010 10:21 PM

Fenty's defeat should send a message to the editors of the WPO that balanced coverage is needed. The widespread corruption and ineptness of Fenty's administration was never reflected in the pages of the WPO, filled with fawning features of him, his family and his babies. Meantime, life in the city deteriorated with crime left unchecked on the streets (has there been an arrest of the person who killed the bicyclist at Sherman Circle?), crippling taxes, and businesses that are closing right and left. Fenty's defeat seems to have taken the Post by surprise, but that's only because Post reporters don't have a clue about what is happening in this city.

Posted by: edwardallen54 | September 15, 2010 10:49 PM

Amazing that Fenty could be elected to anything. Fact that he lost, even to a hack like Vincent Gray, is no surprise. The surprise is that this tool was elected in the first place.

Posted by: Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me | September 15, 2010 11:13 PM

I agonized about this choice almost until the end. The killer moment came for me at Adams Morgan day, when I had a conversation with a youthful Fenty supporter. He said, Fenty is improving the schools! I said, I'm not so sure, given what I am hearing from parent activists who are close to the situation. Said he, But Rhee has fired teachers! And I thought to myself -- but has she really fired the RIGHT teachers, as I contemplated Joe Reiner and Erich Martel at Wilson High School.

And that encapsulated all that was wrong with Fenty. I do worry about Gray's being so deliberative and so responsive to all the interests at stake as to be ineffective. The argument for Fenty is that at least we was pushing forward. But was he pushing forward in the right directions? Was he bright enough to understand the impact of what he was doing? I concluded that he really was not, and that the argument about "trains running on time" ignored Fenty's inability (or the inability of appointees such as Rhee) to make the right decisions about where the trains should go.

And then there was his having broken his election-eve promise to build a soccer stadium. My vote was ready.

Posted by: DCUSince96 | September 16, 2010 7:50 AM

With DC being a one party system, no one should be surprised that a political hack makes it to the top of the heap.

The scary thing about Gray's winning is how solidly he was backed by the city's civil service unions. Other cities are beginning to realize that the outlandish benefits these unions wrung from politicians over the years is now bankrupting them. Many of these jurisdictions are now trying to roll back these overly generous pay and benefits packages. But that can only be done if the city leaders are not in the pockets of the unions.

Gray can claim to want to be a reformer, but I am willing to bet he isn't going to reform anything that the city unions oppose.

Those who voted for him hoping that more money and services will flow to the poorer sections of the city will watch as city services get cut in order to avoid touching any union designated sacred cows.

Posted by: millerroberta | September 16, 2010 8:39 AM

As one who was born and bread in DC, I was really torn about voting for Mayor Fenty. He did completed what was already on the table when he came into office, which was a good thing. But as youth do, he would not listen even to his own, he knew better then everyone else, and that is a sign of immaturity. Mayor Fenty forgot that he was supposed to be there for ALL people in this city and that everyone counts. To make decisions as Mayor which divided your city along races is not a good thing.

He will be leaving a legacy of ; dog parks, bike paths, higher property taxes, firings of teachers and social workers, eliminating lower level government employees jobs, helping to increase the unemployment rate, lower crime statics, closing of neighborhood schools, cutting government agencies budgets, bringing in and hiring a new type of government workers at big salaries and taking the steps, grades, promotions, bonuses from government workers who had earned it. No accountability for where all the money has gone.

What turn the tide for me was when I found out the Rhee’s ex was involve with the company who was supplying the new teachers who were paid 100,000.00 or more salaries, and I found out that Rhee had no experience in the classroom and she was a business person more so then an educator, this is what brought the cronyisms charges back to the forefront for me. Somebody has been making big money from this city.

There is so much more I could add but I think you already printed articles on it. As in the past, here is hoping that this new Administration that will be coming in, continue the good strives thats been laid but with a better prospective. Just my 2 cents…

Posted by: MYMY16 | September 16, 2010 10:35 AM

Fenty just got caught up with the power of being Mayor. He figured that he was an incumbent, and as you are aware, incumbents general get re-elected even if they are doing a below average job.

Another factor is that Fenty got sucker punched by Grey. Grey waited unit the last minute to throw is bid in for the Mayoral race.

Fenty had no one who was going to challenge him, so he stayed the course with his bad attitude. Grey came out, and like Hillary Clinton did with Barrack Obama, Fenty did not take Gray as a serious challenger, and you know the rest.

Also, what really put Fenty's campaign on a crash course was his association with the thugs in Ward 8. He actually thought that they could save him from being defeated.

I think that he got caught up with Ron Motens BS and tried to become a go-go thug himself. In one of the videos, he was called Vanilla-Chocolate, and upon hearing this name that someone placed upon him, you could see that he was uneasy about it.

Lastly, in looking at a photo of Fenty giving a concession speech. In the back drop was the hood rats of Ward 8, along with Ron Moten, dressed in their hood regalia.

To this day, I wonder how many of those dudes were eligible to vote in the first place. I know that Ron Moten is a convicted felon and can not vote, as well as the majority of his following.

It is of my humble opinion that Fenty did not want to continue to be the Mayor of DC, or he is just an idiot.

Hopefully, Peter Nickles will hire him in his law practice after he leaves office. I would hate to see Michelle Fenty, once again, be the sole support for the family again.

Posted by: Special_One40 | September 16, 2010 10:47 AM

Fenty just got caught up with the power of being Mayor. He figured that he was an incumbent, and as you are aware, incumbents general get re-elected even if they are doing a below average job.

Another factor is that Fenty got sucker punched by Grey. Grey waited unit the last minute to throw is bid in for the Mayoral race.

Fenty had no one who was going to challenge him, so he stayed the course with his bad attitude. Grey came out, and like Hillary Clinton did with Barrack Obama, Fenty did not take Gray as a serious challenger, and you know the rest.

Also, what really put Fenty's campaign on a crash course was his association with the thugs in Ward 8. He actually thought that they could save him from being defeated.

I think that he got caught up with Ron Motens BS and tried to become a go-go thug himself. In one of the videos, he was called Vanilla-Chocolate, and upon hearing this name that someone placed upon him, you could see that he was uneasy about it.

Lastly, in looking at a photo of Fenty giving a concession speech. In the back drop was the hood rats of Ward 8, along with Ron Moten, dressed in their hood regalia.

To this day, I wonder how many of those dudes were eligible to vote in the first place. I know that Ron Moten is a convicted felon and can not vote, as well as the majority of his following.

It is of my humble opinion that Fenty did not want to continue to be the Mayor of DC, or he is just an idiot.

Hopefully, Peter Nickles will hire him in his law practice after he leaves office. I would hate to see Michelle Fenty, once again, be the sole support for the family again.

Posted by: Special_One40 | September 16, 2010 10:47 AM

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