Washington DC Mayor Adrian Fenty, who enthusiastically signed the city’s marriage equality bill into law, has lost his reelection primary bid against City Council Chairman Vince Gray.
Gray’s victory is tantamount to election: Democrats hold a 10-1 registration edge in the capital city, and Republicans aren’t even fielding a mayoral candidate. Fenty already has ruled out taking the GOP line on the ballot. The mayor’s defeat comes despite the fact that a recent Washington Post poll showed 56% of Washingtonians happy about the direction of the city. But other community leaders, including Gray and his city council colleagues, complained that the mayor didn’t include them in decision-making. Fenty blamed his image problems on unpopular decisions he had to make to improve the city.
Gray was endorsed by the (gay) Gertrude Stein Democratic Club and a number of labor unions, including the police and fire departments.