Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Fenty Has Some Super Competition

When I last checked in on my DC beat, I was raving about how awesome the District was when it came to employment.

By the end of the week, I had been laid off. I believe they call that bad karma, or something.

Well fear not - my love for the District is still strong, and now, I have even more hope for its future.

When it comes to leaders, DC has a difficult history. Marion Barry was a special case. No doubt Barry did some great things for this city, but there is no bigger doubt that Barry had some problems, and could have been a much better leader. Anthony Williams succeeded for two terms as DC Mayor following Barry's short retirement from politics, and since 2007, Mayor Adrian Fenty has tried to continue the path towards a better DC, focusing on improving public schools and lessening crime.

For better or worse, these have been serviceable, and certainly dynamic, leaders. To win re-election though, Fenty is going to have to overcome some Obama-quality competition.

Before he has even announced his run at re-election, the following have announced their candidacy for Mayor of DC:

Clearly Mayor Fenty has seen this coming long before any of us, and has been relentlessly fundraising long before one would ordinarily expect. Some collegeagues were getting worried he was fundraising too much, but Fenty must have known that with the announcement of 8 potential superheroes for Mayor, finding funding would become difficult. I wonder if he'll call on Rihanna Fenty for support?

Not much is known about why all these superheroes are descening upon the District. There might be some answers here? I'm trying to figure it out myself. I mean, surely there is a city in greater need of leadership. But hey, maybe Obama won't be the only superhero we see around town these days.

I'm not making any endorsements - I'll leave that up to my fellow Gentlemen and true comic fans - but I would just like to point out that I believe Obama already has:

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