Today, the D.C. Wire reported that a five-member council delegation met with Mayor Adrian Fenty last night to discuss the standoff over Ximena Hartsock. A symbol of testy council-mayoral relations, Hartsock is Fenty’s choice to helm the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation. Following some discord among the council, Hartsock, and Fenty, however, the council voted against confirming Hartsock. The mayor responded by keeping Hartsock in place.
According to a source familiar with the meeting, the prevailing sentiment among the councilmembers in attendance (Chairman Vincent Gray and councilmembers David Catania, Mary Cheh, Harry Thomas Jr., and Muriel Bowser) was that Hartsock had to go.
Fenty, according to the source, assured that he was looking for her replacement but stressed that the search wasn’t an easy one. The meeting ended with a promise: The mayor would replace Hartsock by Dec. 1, the source recalls.
Still, Fenty still couldn’t help being Fenty.
At one point in the meeting, Fenty apparently told the councilmembers: “I want you to understand something—-anything we agree to will not dictate my actions as mayor.”
*photo by Darrow Montgomery.