DC mayor Adrian Fenty has won as a write-in candidate for for the Republican Party. That’s the good news. The bad news is Fenty is a Democrat and just lost the primary to rival council Chair Vince Gray. Fenty has until 4:45 this afternoon to accept the Republican nomination.
With all the criticism of party switchers, it makes one ponder what Fenty is going to do. He has brought in some terrific people. Michelle Rhee has turned DC schools around. There’s a long way to go, but she accomplished the turn around. Police chief Cathy Lanier has been a winner also. Under her leadership, the DC Police Department has acquired a more professional image and Lanier is always a visible presence. Will Rhee and Lanier be fired under Gray? Or will they leave voluntarily? Both of these women are 2 really good things that have happened to DC.
Many of us hope Fenty will stay on. Whose cares what label he uses. But can a Republican be elected in Democratic DC?