July 17th, 2007
10:21 AM ET
10 years ago

DC mayor to back Obama

D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty will throw his support behind Obama Tuesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Washington, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty will endorse Sen. Barack Obama for president Tuesday, a source close to the mayor tells CNN.

The source said that the endorsement has been in the works for “a little while”. The mayor and senator have scheduled a 1:15 pm ET news conference to announce the endorsement.

Fenty will say that one of the main reasons he is backing Obama is the senator's promise to support full voting rights for the District of Columbia including full representation in the Senate.

“There’s one issue more important than all the rest to the voters,” the mayor is expected to say.

A spokeswoman for the mayor declined to comment.

Meanwhile, Sen. Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign announced Tuesday the endorsement of Doug Palmer, the mayor of Trenton, New Jersey, and named him a co-chair of the campaign’s ‘Mayor Council,’ - a group of more than 100 current and former mayors who endorse the New York Democrat.

- CNN's Adam Levine

soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Rick, Kansas City MO

    Giving DC Senate rights is idiocy. The city proper just needs to be given to Virginia again. That will fix alot of the problems DC currently has.

    July 17, 2007 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  2. NotBuynit

    Typical dem hypocrisy of bashing the rich and then bragging about the fact that their campaign coffers are too.

    If you say rich guys are bad, why do you take money from them? If you say special interests are running the show, why do you let them give to your campaign??

    Try using just one face if you want my vote.

    July 17, 2007 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  3. ReadBtwthlins

    Ever wish you could just run a red light when you were in a hurry?
    Mayor Adrian Fenty does it all of the time. Fenty has even acknowledged using the sirens to get political fundraisers. His wife also gets the same treatment. Though Fenty says this only happens when she is attending city functions and says he plans on cutting it back.

    And lets not forget Fenty's fight against your second amendment rights. The courts struck down DC's gun control laws. And yet Fenty thinks he knows best.

    Congrdulations Obama...

    July 17, 2007 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  4. Joshua Davis

    The VA side of DC was given back a long time ago. If DC was going to be given back to a state, it would be Maryland. The problem with giving DC back to -even liberal- Maryland is that since there are more suburban voters, DC proper would never find itself properly represented.

    July 17, 2007 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  5. Jeff, Phoenix, Arizona

    Why is it such "idiocy" to give the people of Washington D.C. Senate rights? D.C. stands alone and governs itself as any other state, yet we have this group of citizens who have no representation in congress whatsoever...

    and Rick, yea, Virginia's portion of DC was given back a long time ago... Its now a city called Arlington, Virginia where this thing called the Pentagon sits...

    July 17, 2007 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    Virginia or Maryland voting participation is the way to go. When I read "full representation in the Senate" for the district I think keep it the way it is now.
    (When it comes to redistricting any state count only the legal citizens.)

    July 17, 2007 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  7. don

    what a shocker. I bet he based his decision on careful considerations of obama's policy positions.

    July 17, 2007 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  8. Lily, Newbury Park, CA

    The point of having DC in the first place was so that it wouldn't belong to any state, therefore, there wouldn't seem like the government favored any particular state. And it should stay that way.

    But Fenty? Never heard of him. What's he done? Yeah, congrats, Obama...you've officially got the endorsement of...a nobody.

    July 17, 2007 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  9. David, Arlington, VA

    First of all, DC was never part of VA. Rather, what is now Arlington County, VA used to be part of DC. If DC were ever to be "given" to a state, it would be Maryland, but neither the District nor Maryland governments (as well as their voters) want this. The whole point of having a separate, independent federal district serve as the U.S. capital was so that it could function independently of the states to serve the entire nation, which is what the federal government is supposed to do. However, this doesn't mean DC citizens (who pay federal taxes like everyone else, by the way) shouldn't have the same voting rights that all other U.S. citizens enjoy. I'm sure no one would stand for any other group of U.S. citizens being denied voting rights while still being levied taxes. One Representative in the House and two Senators in the Senate seems fair to me...

    July 17, 2007 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  10. Shawnie - Grants Pass, OR

    Obama – what a low-ball move! DC is a city and should not be equal to a state.

    July 17, 2007 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  11. Devon, Birmingham AL

    I'm sure he did. I'm sure Oprah will too. Matter of fact, I'm sure most black figures will back him. I don't care what they say, more will back him based on race than position. Say what you will, but deep down you know it's true. He could be a good guy, I don't know, don't care, I'm a libertarian so he's bad news to me. I do know that the Presidential "race" will be a "race" vote, nothing else.

    July 18, 2007 09:16 am at 9:16 am |