Street Cars, Bike Lanes and Dog Parks; Rejected by Voters
No one can be certain of the knockout punch that ousted Fenty from office, but several blows battered his campaign from the start.Photo by Khalid Naji-Allah
The results of Tuesday’s Democratic Primary for Mayor of the District of Columbia have placed Mayor Adrian M. Fenty in a most precarious situation – one that many District residents have been forced to confront during his tenure as Mayor – the unemployment line.
However, Fenty’s supporters remained hopeful following a speech given by the Mayor at about 1:30 a.m. on Wed., Sept. 15 at his headquarters on Georgia Avenue in Northwest. Supporters shouted, “Four More Years” and “Victory Is with Us Today” as they attempted to drum up enthusiasm with a skeletal staff of young volunteers.
Nonetheless, when the Washington Post, called the election during the early morning hours on Wed., Sept. 15 and declared D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray, the winner – it was a wrap for Fenty -- despite his upbeat appearance.
“I haven’t heard that and as far as I know the Board of Elections still has a lot of counting to do last time we were briefed… We’re fully prepared, as I said during the whole campaign, to take whatever decision the voters have and respond to it,” Fenty said.
“We just need to know what that is and the only way we can know is after the Board of Elections has finished the count.”