The Fray Tracker: Day 10
Washington, D.C. — As the mayoral election between Washington, D.C.'s top two Democratic candidates — Adrian Fenty and Vince Gray — heads into its last weeks, TBD will be tracking away. Herewith, all the controversy, debates, forums, polls, issues, endorsements, statistics and killer quotes we can muster.
Wednesday, Sept. 1, 1:21 p.m.
MICHELLE FENTY DEFENDS HUSBAND
An emotional Michelle Fenty came to the defense of her husband, Adrian Fenty, after Wednesday's mayoral debate, saying it has been difficult for her to see his support slip in the city.
"This is his city and these are his people," she said. "And the hard-charging way that he has behaved is for the people of the city and its so painful to hear that people think that he's arrogant and everything else. As his wife, I'm hear to tell you that it is absolutely, unequivocally not true."
Michelle Fenty's voice occasionally shook and she at times appeared near tears when she spoke of her husband, who met Vince Gray, his main challenger in the D.C. mayoral Democratic primary, for a debate at the Newseum.
"Adrian and I have been married for a very long time and I get to see the real side and the pain that he feels," Michelle Fenty said. It's hard. it's hard."
Wednesday, Sept. 1, HIGH NOON
TBD DIRECTS ITS READERS TO ANOTHER WEBSITE
Hey? Are you looking for this live feed on Washington Post Live? You can find it here.
Wednesday, Sept. 1, 11:55 a.m.
MAYORAL DEBATE SET TO BEGIN AT NOON
After a slight detour, TBD has arrived at today's Washington Post mayoral debate. As a reminder, the Post will be live-streaming this debate on its website and @TBDFactsMachine will be live fact-checking. AH! It just got really really bright in the Newseum! Tom Sherwood has taken his seat! Mike DeBonis is taking a picture of Nikita Stewart! Is this enough media mentions for one post?
T-minus five minutes until we get started.
Wednesday, Sept. 1, 9:37 a.m.
NEW VOTER CARDS TO BE ISSUED IN FOUR PRECINCTS
Good news if you live in voting precincts 51, 52, 129, or 136! You're about to get new voter registration cards.
The District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics will be sending the new cards because of "an error by an outside vendor that misinterpreted data provided by the Board," according to a news release. About 7,579 voters who live in those precincts had received cards that displayed the wrong ward.
If you are have questions about which ward you live in, you can contact the Board at 202-727-2525. Or you can just complain to TBD about it. We'll listen!
Wednesday, Sept. 1, 9:05 a.m.
POST: FENTY SWITCHES CAMPAIGN PLAN LATE IN THE RACE
The Washington Post reports that Adrian Fenty is switching plans. Didn't the Post just report that Fenty was switching plans by being more apologetic in his campaign? Guess that wasn't working? Anyway.
Fenty's new(est) plan, reports the Post's Tim Craig and Nikita Stewart, is actually kind of his old plan. Fenty will be trying to appeal to a broader group of D.C. residents and is expected to "use a strategy that worked for him in 2006: wooing voters across the city," the Post reports. That plan, as you might recall, worked out really well.
Wednesday, Sept. 1, 8:58 a.m.
TBD IS SERIOUS ABOUT STAFFING THIS POST DEBATE
Oh, hey, you know who else will be at this Post debate? TBD photographer Jay Westcott! Jay has shot some great stuff at previous forums, debates, and straw polls, and he often updates his Twitter feed with pictures from these events. You should follow him.
Wednesday, Sept. 1, 8: 41 a.m.
GRAY, FENTY TO MEET AT NOON FOR DEBATE
D.C. Council Chairman Vince Gray and Mayor Adrian Fenty are set to meet Wednesday at High Noon, at the Newseum for the Washington Post Live debate. Moderating today's hour-long event is Post columnist Eugene Robinson. The Post's Nikita Stewart, NBC''s Tom Sherwood and Patrick Madden, of WAMU, will be questioning the mayor and his main challenger.
TBD will be on site, doing something! OK we haven't really decided what we're doing yet. We've got a few hours to work on it. We think it will involve this blog-type thing, though. This much has been decided: @TBDFactsMachine will be live fact-checking, so if you hear any blatant lies or half-truths, send it his way.
The debate is co-sponsored by NBC (Channel 4) and WAMU 88.5. It will be streaming live on the Post's site.
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