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A Kinder, Gentler Adrian Fenty?

Photo via UPII think someone knows that people think he's an uppity so-and-so. In his latest Mayoral debate with rival D.C. Council Chairman Vince Gray, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty admitted it must have been cold there in his shadow ... to never have sunlight on your face.

Quote after the jump.

From The Washington Times:

D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty on Wednesday apologized for his aloof management style, vowing to do better by the city's residents as he tried to use the latest one-on-one debate to cut into the considerable polling lead that D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray is riding into the Sept. 14 Democratic primary. ...

The mayor said he wished he would have been "more inclusive," especially on education and matters related to Ms. Rhee, and called the criticism of him "a lesson learned." But he said that if voters give him another chance, he will listen.

"In moving fast, we gave the perception that we have left people behind," said Mr. Fenty, who asked voters to look at his record and "believe in me again."

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Reader Comments (8)

you know, you have been cracking me up with the Fenty articles.

September 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrikyrah

I hope he wins. Yeah Fenty

September 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkhrish

Now his wife is "speaking out" to defend him to the press. Sorry, but the British accent is not going to help him seem more "down" with the common folks, which is a major problem right now. Nothing against her, I actually think she's quite fab, but therein lies the problem with using her in the campaign in this manner.

September 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTheswami05

"In moving fast, we gave the perception that we have left people behind,"

hmmmm. [fx: harps chords and wavy 70's TV screen]

SpelmanSnob shared after leaving the polls, "In voting for Vincent Gray, we gave the perception that we left Fenty behind."

September 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterspelmansnob

I can't wait to cast my vote AGAINST him.

September 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterIns25

Fenty should have spoken with Artur Davis.

when you go ' F-U' to the Black community, they can turn around and go ' F-U' back.

September 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrikyrah

DC will be sorry if Gray gets in office. This is the classic case of our people thinking somebody isn't "down" because he didn't lick their behinds. The man has a job to get done. Gray is fanning flames of black anxiety to get elected. Newsflash: It does not matter who gets in office - the city will still be divided, gentrification will remain a reality, and wards 7 and 8 will be no different four years from now than they are today. It's a fact. Gray has given us no reason at all to cast votes for him. NONE. People in DC have let race cloud their better judgment on everything and it is ridiculous. The city is running better than ever and they want to vote the mayor out because he's "arrogant" ... silly. And what really gets me is DC's so-called "black middle class" dogging Fenty and what he isn't doing for poor blacks when they aren't venturing into the poor areas of the city to do a damn thing. It is cute for them to stay tucked away around 16th Street and feel black and credible by casting a vote for Gray. Spare me. I don't want a leader who is nice, I want one who is effective and about progress. We are going to get enough of this groupthink approach where our leaders are concerned. This is why after all these years, Barry still has a political career in DC. SMH ...

September 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMe

I really think the majority of black folks in the Baltimore-Washington Metro are caught up in crooked politics and old-school negro-politics-as-usual. I have never met a bunch of more backward, jive-ass, praise-Jesus-whilst-screwing-you-over folks. Their kids are in jail, their communities are in shambles, they can barely read--but they got political power (to do what? Line their pockets and hook up their cronies?). I hope Fenty wins.

September 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSAL
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