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The bright side of Fenty's negative attack on Vince Gray

August 12, 2010 - 03:12 PM
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Most of the attention on the two ads Adrian Fenty released yesterday has focused on his attacks on Vince Gray — the first negative advertising of the mayor’s political career. What hasn’t received as many column inches is the bragging Fenty does about his own record. So let’s step into the light and see if Adrian Fenty is as great as the ads' omnipresent narrator thinks he is.

We’ve checked some of these claims before. They are spread over two similar but distinct ads, and we’ll consider them one at a time.

Fenty “reduced crime” (in one ad) or “drastically reduced crime” (in the other)

Crime is down 6.7 percent from 2008 to 2009, and 9.8 percent over the mayor’s entire term. Both drops are greater than the national average (crime has dropped 7.9 percent nationwide during Fentys term), so we feel it’s OK to say the reduction is “drastic.”

Fenty “has moved more than 1,000 homeless families in to permanent housing.”

We tackled this earlier this week as part of our fact-check of Stinky Dink’s “Five for Fenty. ” It’s true.

Fenty “extended unemployment benefits”

A Fenty-sponsored piece of emergency legislation last spring extended unemployment benefits for an additional five months.

The remaining claims are too nebulous to fact-check (at least for now, we’re not going to make a definitive judgment on whether or not Fenty has “improved our schools”). For these points, the mayor earns an Honest Abe.


Honest Abe




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    Amanda Baptiste

    Aug 13, 2010 - 02:42:00 PM

    Go Fenty!

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    Amanda Baptiste

    Aug 13, 2010 - 02:41:46 PM

    Go Fenty!

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