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Hizonner was ausente from the the D.C. Latino Caucus mayoral forum Saturday at the Josephine Butler Center, next to Meridian Hill Park. (LL was there, and compliments the hosts for having a cheese dish.)
The caucus, which voted 37 to 1 for D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray over Fenty, is muy cabreado that Fenty didn’t show up.
Franklin Garcia, president of the caucus, said he worked with Fenty’s folks to change the date of the forum just so the mayor could be there. And he’s got the e-mails he says back him up, which he shared with LL.
Here’s one Fenty’s campaign aide John Falcicchio sent to Garcia on June 17:
Thanks for sending this email and working with us to set July 24th as the date for the DC Latino PAC endorsement.
A day later, Falcicchio sent another email:
Franklin: We’ve agreed to attend the July 24th endorsement forum. We also appreciate the invitation to send a representative to the June 24th meeting, which we will do. We look forward to seeing you next on the 24th. Thank you for your work, John
But wait! The mayor’s folks have the emails that show he was never confirmed, confirmed. (They’ve also shared them with LL).
On July 21, Garcia sent Falcicchio a reminder of the upcoming forum, to which Falcicchio replied:
Franklin: As we discussed earlier when you and Angel called me about rescheduling the conflicting forums on the 24th, the Mayor is not confirmed for this event on the 24th. I never heard back from you about your plans. John
To which Garcia replied:
Not sure of what conflict you are referring to John. You may be thinking of the Ward 5 democrats, we had the Mayor confirmed long ago. I can forward you emails, maybe you are thinking this is for Ward 5 Democrats? This is for the Latino Caucus. Remember you asked me to change the date to accommodate the Mayor to the 24th? I can forward you email trail if you are unsure.
To which Falcicchio said:
Thanks, Franklin. There’s no e-mail chain because we spoke on the phone on or about July 8th.
Oh snap! Who’s still with LL—anyone?
Whoever is to blame, the net result is this: Garcia said there’s a lot of anger from caucus members over the no-show. Though that anger might not translate to a lot of votes, it probably adds fuel to the perception that Hizonner is a tad aloof. After all, this is not the first forum the mayor has decided to skip.
Garcia also noted, via email, the irony of Fenty’s absence.
Back in 2006 when we hosted the 2006 Latino Mayoral Forum, then Council Chair Linda Cropp did the same thing. All candidates showed for the endorsement meeting, except for leading candidate, Linda Cropp. Ms. Cropp received 2 votes and Adrian Fenty won the endorsement.