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“Welcome, D.C. Democrats!” Mayor Adrian M. Fenty said about an hour ago, at D.C. Vote’s protest in front of the Denver Mint.

About friggin’ time, was the sotto voce attitude of many DCites present.

Fenty arrived at 10:45 a.m., about 15 minutes into the gathering—-after Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray and Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans had spoken, and congressional Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton was well into her characteristically lengthy remarks. Fenty gave a one-minute speech, then initially joined elected officials behind a “No Taxation Without Representation” banner. As the speeches dragged on, Fenty peeled off and spoke to reporters gathered down the block. He rejoined a march back to the Crowne Plaza, the official D.C. delegation hotel, to cap off the rally.

Fenty’s tardiness is just another item on a growing list of perceived slights.

Last night, Fenty did not join the D.C. delegation on the floor of the convention. At first, Fenty said, “I just got in late, just a lot of things to get done.” Later, he said he he arrived at about 3:30 p.m. yesterday, well ahead of the night’s biggest speeches, from Virginia’s Mark Warner and Hillary Clinton. He says he did not enter the Pepsi Center last night, but stayed at his hotel, the Westin, where he says, “I really didn’t do much.” The fact that he’s staying there, of course, is an additional bone of contention.

About the hotel drama, Fenty said “what’s important to the residents of the District of Columbia” was supporting voting rights and getting Barack Obama elected.

But, LL asked, can’t you do that from the Crowne Plaza?

“You can do it from any hotel,” he said.