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When Ron Moten announced he was running for the Ward 7 D.C. Council seat, the city’s body politic began waiting patiently for some Web-based campaign videos. It was Moten, after all, who was behind the the classic “Don’t Leave Us Fenty” music video that is probably the best thing Adrian Fenty has to show for blowing $4 million in a losing effort to keep his job as mayor in 2010 (that, and a carefree existence outside of District politics).
But Moten’s first ad, in which the newly minted Republican tries to associate his Democratic opponent Yvette Alexander with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, lacks any of the musical talent that made his Fenty ads worth watching.
Moten, a former go-go promoter, explains that it’s tough to find studio time on a shoestring budget: “With the Fenty campaign, you had resources.”
But Moten says music ads are still coming, despite the lack of campaign cash. He says some of his friends are currently working on a hip-hop track that has “$1,000 ticket, $1,000 ticket” as a hook, in reference to Alexander’s support of higher-level speed camera fines.
For her part, Alexander says she has no plans to make any type of video rebuttal, with music or otherwise. “He needs to really get something to do,” says Alexander, who adds that she may pick a song to sing along with at her victory party.