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Nor, it turns out, did the myriad of people who have joined Charles Matiella‘s Facebook group, “Adrian Fenty needs to resign!!!”
Matiella, who has lived in the District since 2001 (in what neighborhood, he won’t say), created the group after Mayor Fenty’s baseball ticket hostage situation. But post-Snowpocalypse II and III, he has watched it take off.
“I invited my friends who live in the District to join the group. All of the other members joined by word of mouth,” says Matiella.
Over 200 people signed on in the first 24 hours after the Feb. 5-6 weekend snowstorm. The group’s membership has since climbed to 2,377.
“Many are long time residents of DC and are frustrated with the segregationist politics that still grip DC with an iron claw. If you don’t live, work, and play in NW, Capitol Hill, or SW, nothing has changed for you,” he wrote in an email to City Desk. “NE and SE DC continue to be overlooked by the mayor. It’s time for a movement in DC government OBAMA style,” says Matiella.
The grievances run the gamut, from a lack of snowplows to the mayor’s ego to his overall performance as the city’s leader:
*They have 4 bus lines running and the underground metro and our village idiot wanted to keep the city government and schools open! WTF it not all about PR Mr. Fenty I can’t wait for the mayoral election so we can get rid of you
*Extremely unhappy with the way the city is operating since he’s been in office.
*Leo Alexander for mayor. No more of the Old boys Club!!!!! We want a change in 2010″
*So Fenty thinks that he’s bigger than Mother Nature? He would be crazy not to close the gov’t after tonight’s snow!
*looking for a plow!!
*WE NEED MARION BARRY BACK, AT LEAST HE KEPT IT REAL…
*Damn Adrian Fenty!!! Only time you see this man in SE is when someone gets killed and he comes through with an onslaught of cameras!!!
*My #1 complaint with Fenty is laying off DC govt employees and teachers to balance the budget. I’m not either, but think it is unfair for so many to take one for the team in that way.
*Liar, Black George Bush. Sorry, but the lies this man and his administration tell are unbelievable.
Matiella plans to keep the site populated with links to unflattering Fenty stories, including this one about his plummeting poll numbers, as well as the Web sites of the candidates who have stepped forward to challenge him.
Matiella’s an equal-opportunity critic, though, when it comes to DCision 2010. He wonders: Is Vincent Gray any better than Fenty?
Image from Matiella’s Facebook group