City Paper is not for tourists
Update: Per the Gray campaign, here are the unofficial numbers:
Vincent Gray: 226
Adrian Fenty: 64
Leo Alexander: 6
Sulaimon Brown: 1
Michael Green: 1
Ernest Johnson: 0
Guess which celebrity Mayor Adrian Fenty brought along for the mayoral forum and straw poll this morning in Ward 7. Ronald Moten? Wrong; nobody controls Ronald Moten (though he was there).
The big star was none other than former Phoenix Suns great Kevin Johnson. (Who, as we all know, is also the mayor of Sacramento and the future Mr. Michelle Rhee.) Johnson, wearing a Fenty sticker, posed for pictures with Hizzoner and his supporters after the forum. And he told LL he won’t be doing much more campaigning for Fenty in the next two months.
“I’ve got a city to run,” Johnson said.
LL tried to get Johnson to take a public swipe (a la Magic, Jordan and Barkley) at LeBron James for “taking his talents to South Beach,” but Johnson wouldn’t bite.
As for the forum, you ask? Fenty was probably glad for the moral support while facing a sometimes hostile crowd. Ward 7 is Vincent Gray country (the council chairman and mayoral candidate served as the ward’s councilmember and lives in a previously illegally fenced house there). Fenty was booed so strongly when he attacked Gray’s record as former head of the city’s Health Department Department of Human Services in the ’90s that the forum’s moderator had to step in and lecture the crowd.
“What’s wrong, you don’t want the facts?” Fenty said to the boo birds.
Fenty also got feisty during his closing statements, when he accused Gray of improperly awarding the city’s lottery contract to one of his friends.
“Who has the cronies?” Fenty said
Gray got a nice little dig in himself, when he said as mayor he won’t “expand the fire department to the Dominican Republic.”
LL will update with the straw poll results once they become available.