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If D.C. Is So Much Better, Then Why Is Mayor Fenty In Trouble?

Sep 10, 2010

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A fascinating story is unfolding in our nation's capital.

Washington, D.C., by many accounts, is doing much better in the four years since Adrian Fenty was elected mayor.  Streets are cleaner and safer.  Crime is down.  Schools have improved, in some cases dramatically.  Night life is booming, as is business.

Then why is Mayor Fenty in danger of losing his bid for a second term in next Tuesday's Democratic primary?

A lot of it, reports NPR's Allison Keyes, who spoke to D.C. voters for a piece that airs tonight on NPR's All Things Considered, is about the mayor's attitude.  Or arrogance.  Or aloofness.  It's about style.  If it was about his record, there would be little doubt about Tuesday's results.

It's a black-majority city, and both candidates are men of color.  But the District is divided on Tuesday's primary between Fenty and D.C. Council chair Vincent Gray.  It seems to be more about class, and economic status, than race.

You can listen to Allison's piece here.

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