Pick of the day: Fenty v. Gray
Okay, technically, I don't have a dog in this fight anymore. A year ago, I became a resident of Montgomery County, after a 13 year stint in the District. I no longer have an ANC commissioner or a shadow senator. And I had to give up the coolest flag in the land. (I nearly cried when I had to take the D.C. license plate off of my car. Sorry Maryland, but even the new bicentennial War of 1812 plates with the fireworks don't do anything for me.)
And yet, I can't stop following the D.C. mayor's race. I get to enjoy it vicariously as I drive downtown in the morning. I have, at different times, had placards waved at me along 16th Street NW by supporters of D.C. Council Chair Vincent Gray and supporters of Mayor Adrian Fenty -- including the mayor himself. There are so many campaign posters along my commute that my 3 year old now calls out "green team" when she sees a Fenty sign, and "blue team" when she sees a Gray one. (She thinks Vincent Orange is on the green team too. I have given up trying to explain that one to her.)
As the primary looms, profiles of the candidates are rolling out, and I am eating them up. On Thursday, City Paper's Alan Suderman, aka Loose Lips, dropped his profile of Fenty. And today, the Post has a profile of Gray by Tim Craig.
Pieces such as these have the power to change perceptions, and to move undecided voters off the fence. (The latest poll shows Gray with a slight lead.) Of course, we won't know the impact of either story until election night. You can bet I'll be watching as the ballot counts come in.
| August 21, 2010; 10:30 AM ET
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