DENVER—-This morning, members of the District’s delegation to the Democratic National Convention gathered for breakfast at their hotel the Crowne Plaza—-which is not the hotel which Mayor Adrian M. Fenty will be staying when he arrives after staying in D.C. for the first day of school today.
Anita Bonds, chair of the local Democratic party, took the opportunity to tell the gathered delegates, media, and others that there’s no hard feelings between local Dems and the mayor. “There’s no truth to that,” she told the crowd, as they chowed on french toast and eggs Benedict paid for by the D.C. Hospital Association. “I thought we had a pretty good working relationship.”
To that end, she invited up to the podium John Falcicchio, Fenty’s top in-house political adviser, and gave him a kiss.
In other comments, Bonds asked members of the delegation to put their workaday political differences behind them during the convention. “If we could just lay down our swords while we’re on national travel, and pick up the shield to elect Barack Obama,” she said. “We can pick that other stuff up when we get back.”
Falcicchio explains the hotel situation thusly: “We wanted to make sure there was enough hotel rooms to go around.” Fenty will be staying at the Westin, which is the Obama campaign’s official hotel. Rooms reserved for Fenty at the Crowne Plaza, Falcicchio says, will be released to “different folks.” He offered no names.