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A new mayor in D.C.


The Washington Post has an intriguing expose on current D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty's primary loss last night. Most interesting to me is that the story was posted at 4:56 a.m ET this morning, showing it was written, and the interviews conducted, well ahead of time. In other words, this loss wasn't shocking, and the story explains why:

How Fenty came to squander that success and the goodwill that catapulted him to office is the story of a mayor who misread an electorate he was sure he knew better than anyone, who ignored advisers' early warnings that key constituencies were abandoning him, who shut out confidantes who told him what he did not want to hear and who began to listen only when the race was all but lost. The account is based on interviews with more than a dozen of Fenty's advisers and supporters, including some such as Lindenfeld and campaign chairman Bill Lightfoot, and others who talked only on the condition of anonymity because they did not want to appear critical of the mayor. The sources were interviewed Tuesday or earlier with the agreement that the information would not be published until after the election.
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