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August 26: Hizzoner Visits!
Today’s Event: Mayor Adrian Fenty meets with Washington City Paper‘s staff for more than an hour. The big news: I do not freak out, scream, stomp and stammer Tourette’s-style after one of the mayor’s answers, non-answers, and well-rehearsed talking points. Not even when he claims the city’s homeless services are a national model, that Peter Nickles needs to stick around to successfully get our troubled agencies out of federal court oversight, or that we ought to discount some of the criticism he’s gotten from District auditor Deborah Nichols because she answers to the D.C. council.
Influence: Slight. Fenty made his case more often than not—especially on the big things. It’s hard to argue against a second Fenty term when he can point to improvements in DPW, DMV, DDOT, and the school system.
Net impact: Lean Fenty.
But: Fenty still thinks Peaceoholics is awesome. Yeesh.