Fenty vs Cropp

Earlier, before Tony announced that he was not going to run I noticed a lot of green Fenty signs in people’s yards. Time passed, Cropp threw her hat in the ring, and the mayor elected not to run a 3rd term. Now I’m seeing a fair number of red Linda Cropp signs (way better than the stupid black “Think Cropp” signs). What’s funny though is that I’ve noticed that some of the yards in Shaw that once sported Fenty green have gone Cropp red.
Regardless, it is still way too early for all of this.

12 thoughts on “Fenty vs Cropp”

  1. Someone said to me this weekend, “Can you imagine what all these campaign signs are going to look like after it snows?”

  2. Perhaps its fear of the democratic primary effect from 2004…the early momentum. Kerry had that in the bag after the first few primaries, so maybe these guys think that they need to hit the ground running. Also, I’m guessing most of these guys knew Williams wasn’t going to run, so its about name recognition.

  3. from a homeowner on Warner Street…

    I was told by a friend of a recent speech that Cropp made where she discussed the gentrification movement. She was a bit hostile, saying if elected, she will place tighter resetrictions on the developers. I think many of the local residents who are not happy of the changes are Cropp supporters. I’m going with Fenty right now. I wish Jack Evans would through in his hat and run.

  4. I didn’t really think gentrification was a “movement.” A lot of the new people on our street would appreciate restrictions on developers so they won’t knock down anyone else’s house, or put up puke green condos. Not supporter of Flip Flop Cropp, but at the moment I am more troubled by developers than by crackheads.

  5. Got nothing but love for Jackie, but Jack has a snowball’s chance in Cuba of becoming mayor. He should keep his eye on trying to take Cropp’s place on the Council. I’m all for a “Jack, King of the Council” idea but a bus would have to hit Cropp, Fenty and Orange (ok maybe not so much the citrus) before he’d have a fighting chance.

    No candidate is going to say they are ‘for’ gentrification. That would be stupid. But they may say that they are for “revitilizing the neighborhoods”. Which to me, in this still high priced low supply real estate market, is hard to do without bringing on gentrification.

  6. Not a Shaw resident but going thru the same crap. Gentrification across the board in Eastern market (my neighborhood). Although I like Linda Cropps attitude, I don’t think its the way to go.

    You’ll find a Fenty sign in my yard.

  7. The Office of the Bar Counsel yesterday issued its lightest sanction, an informal admonition, to D.C. Council member Adrian M. Fenty for his failure to guard the assets of an elderly man he was assigned to protect six years ago.

    Fenty’s conduct in the case “reflected a disregard of certain ethical standards,” Wallace Eugene Shipp Jr. wrote in a four-page letter delivered to Fenty’s attorney. “In sum, the record reveals that you either were not aware of, or did not comply with, several rules and laws governing guardianship and conservatorship, and your actions fell below acceptable standards.”

    Although Fenty violated rules related to competence, diligence and respect for the administration of justice, Shipp wrote that his office settled on an informal admonition in part because Fenty had no prior disciplinary record, acknowledged his responsibility in the case and “cooperated fully” with the bar counsel’s investigation. Fenty also repaid the estate of his ward, William Hardy Sr., “so that the ward was not harmed,” Shipp wrote.

    In the District, a violation of the rules of professional conduct can carry penalties ranging up to disbarment.

    Fenty (D-Ward 4) said he will not challenge Shipp’s ruling. His acceptance brings to a close a matter that had cast a shadow over his record as he enters the hotly contested 2006 race for mayor.

    “I’m not going to make excuses,” Fenty said. “It shouldn’t have happened. It won’t happen again. But it did happen, and when you make mistakes, you have to be willing to accept responsibility. . . .

    “This puts this matter behind me. It’s the lowest sanction they can give. It means there’s no formal action taken against my license.”

    Fenty, 34, has not practiced law since he won election to the council in 2000 on a pledge to abandon all outside employment. Hardy’s case was among the last he handled before his inauguration in January 2001.

    The case dates to 1999, when Fenty was working as a clerk for the council’s Education Committee, planning his first council race and accepting court appointments as a newly licensed attorney. That April, a judge appointed him to serve as guardian to Hardy, 88, a retired Navy worker who was allegedly being swindled by his granddaughter, court documents show.

    Fenty neglected the case from the start, Shipp found. He failed to immediately inventory Hardy’s assets. He submitted only one report detailing Hardy’s condition and assets, although he was required to do so every six months. And when Fenty asked to be released from the case in 2000, he “failed to file an accounting . . . revealing the whereabouts of the ward’s assets, as ordered by the Court.”

    When a new guardian, Kimberly Edley, took over, she asked the judge to appoint a special master to investigate Fenty’s conduct, court records show. In 2001, the special master determined that more than $22,000 had disappeared from Hardy’s bank account on Fenty’s watch.

    A judge later ordered Fenty to reimburse $15,000 to Hardy’s estate, saying Fenty “made a series of errors that lead to both the improper withdrawal of funds by Mr. Hardy’s family.”

    Fenty said that he paid $10,000 and that his attorneys recovered $5,000. An additional $7,000 was later determined to have been spent for Hardy’s benefit.

    Shipp declined to discuss the case, saying his findings were not yet public because Fenty had yet to formally accept the penalty. In general, an informal admonition is the bar counsel’s “quietest form of yelling,” Shipp said. “Basically, the subtext is, ‘This didn’t warrant us prosecuting you, but we expect you to do better in the future.’ “

    Hardy died in April, shortly after his 94th birthday. Edley, who was still serving as his legal guardian, would not comment on the bar counsel’s decision.

  8. There’s no way you’ll find a Fenty sign anywhere NEAR my lawn.

    I’m much more interested in electing a mayor who can fix DC’s education system.

    For Washingtonians like me who are concerned about the quality of education their children are getting in the DC school system, Linda Cropp is the person who can reform our school system and ensure EVERY child is prepared today to compete tomorrow.

    Ms. Cropp is a former educator. She served as President of the DC School Board and is credited with creating Banneker High School, one of the top 50 high schools in the country according to Newsweek.

    Ms. Cropp’s education plan is focused on making sure our schools are safe and foster learning. Linda Cropp is clearly the best candidate for mayor of the District.

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