July 13th, 2010
11:42 AM ET
13 years ago

Fenty ally compares embattled D.C. Mayor to Jesus

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/07/13/art.adrianfenty.file5.gi.jpg caption ="A top supporter of incumbent Washington D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty compared his re-election bid to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ."]Washington (CNN) - It's probably a bad move to compare your preferred candidate in a mayoral race to Jesus – especially when city streets seem to have more potholes than the Old City has stones.

But that's exactly what happened in the Washington, D.C. mayor's race over the weekend, when a top supporter of incumbent Adrian Fenty likened the mayor's tough re-election fight to the crucifixion of Christ.

Fenty is in danger of losing a costly Democratic primary battle against city council chairman Vincent Gray.

Ron Moten, a community activist and key Fenty ally, took to a campaign rally at RFK Stadium on Sunday and blasted Gray as a "flip-flopper" who will turn back the progress made by Fenty, who was elected in 2006.

According to the Washington Post, Moten called on voters not to abandon Fenty in his time of need, reminded them of what befell Christ in his final days.

"A lot of people don't get the truth," Moten said, according to the paper. "If you understand what they did to Jesus, on Monday, everybody was praising him. Wednesday, he went to court, and all the people who he helped, nobody came to court for him."

"On Friday, they crucified him," he continued. "The reason why we're here today is to get the facts out to you so history don't repeat itself again."

The primary, which will essentially determine the next mayor in the heavily Democratic city, is set for September 14.

Filed under: Adrian Fenty • Washington D.C.
soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. compare your preferred candidate in a mayoral race to Jesus

    equates to the hail mary pass in football

    July 13, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  2. Hobie Lapatka

    Well, that's just crazy talk!

    I mean, Adrian Fenty doesn't even LOOK like Jesus Christ.

    Jeeze. Get real already.

    July 13, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  3. Augsbee

    Definitely a Moron and he's a supporter of Fenty, I think he just proved why Mayor Fenty should go, imagine what moronic things he tells Fenty and Fenty listens to him. One moron guiding another moron.

    July 13, 2010 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  4. doug

    Please don't compare Jesus to DC Democrats, Jesus never smoked crack.

    It is like saying Jesus wants people who disagree with him to die, Jesus is no liberal.

    July 13, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    The longer people serve in an office, the more, it seems, they become corrupt. Perhaps it is best to have frequent change, even within the same political machine.

    July 13, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  6. Peter Rosenstein

    This is the funniest thing I have heard in a long time. I think Ron Moten has gone over the deep end. Actually I don't remember Christ being a cyclist but then again may I am mistaken.

    July 13, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  7. JP

    Fenty is his own worst enemy. His sweetheart construction deals to his college buddies at the expense of taxpayers is criminal. Fenty has staked his reputation and future on turning around the DC public schools (DCPS). I will admit he is making progress in the right direction. The problem for me is my kids go to a DC charter school and to me Fenty is public enemy #1. The charter schools tend to get some of the better students out of the public schools which has a negative impact on test scores for DCPS. This in turn makes it harder for Fenty's to achieve his goal of improving the DCPS. Fenty and his monsterous ego has taken the position that id you can't beat them (charter schools) then destroy them. He cut per student charter funding while increasing it for DCPS. He tried to take over running the schools but was stopped. He illegally denies charters the option of bidding on closed DCPS schools. For charter parents and taxpayers who don't want their taxes going to friends of Fenty, Fenty is a Judas not a Jesus.

    July 13, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  8. Spotter

    Wtih the secular loving democrats the mention is God is the kiss of dealth.

    July 13, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  9. Ron in california

    The problem with most politicians is that they think they are above everyone else. I would not equate them to Jesus but rather Romans. "Yield unto Caesar that which is his". Fits their tax and spend mentality.

    July 13, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    "It's time for a basic civics test for suffrage rights. It's also time to base voting rights on federal tax returns. If you have no skin in the game, you are dangerous to our republic and have no business casting a ballot.
    Pay taxes = right to vote
    Hold hand out for "gubbmint binnifits" = no vote, but you do get the "right" to work on a chain gang for your "free" benefits that my tax dollars paid for."
    You do realize that it won't work the way you hope, don't you? 61% of those on welfare and state assistance are white.

    BTW..."I mean, Adrian Fenty doesn't even LOOK like Jesus Christ."

    I know, right? He's not even all that dark.

    Oh, and "to use Jesus as a "prop for a method of getting your voice heard, is more than a sickness, it is a bad case of ignorance!!!, "

    Thank you for explaining the bible belt and the GOP's conservatism on domestic social policy to us. Just ask Carnahan...after all, he's quite literally telling all of Missouri that Obama and the Dems are trying to take Jesus away and prevent our salvations...

    July 13, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  11. Shucks

    It seems to me more and more that the only abomination in this country is religion itself. From using it for political gain, or using it to deny others their equal rights, religion is becoming a farse. Not only is it being used in such hateful rhetoric, but it is being used out of context in everything that it is supposed to stand for. As an athiest, and one who has studied religions throughout human history, my only feeling is that we are headed for a country so embattled by religious philosophies, that it will only be a matter of time before some fanatics take up arms, or start terrorizing citizens in the name of religion.

    July 13, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  12. kat

    This is a total disgrace.

    July 13, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  13. Minnesotan

    My non-existant deity can beat up your non-existant deity.... what a load of manure from the right, but then what else can you expect from these bozos?

    July 13, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  14. get real

    Let's be clear...it is never wise to compare someone to Jesus.

    It is also never wise to compare a band to the Beatles.

    July 13, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  15. Marcus

    As a Christian-raised fellow I think that any comparison between any man or woman and Jesus Christ is but a display of arrogance, self-centerism and egomania.
    It happens everyday though...
    And to be honest, i sincerely hope that EVERY TIME it happens it becames the 'kiss of death' (not literally please, just that it ends up backfiring tremendously) for those who dared to say that.

    By the way, to 'Doug' who said 'It is like saying Jesus wants people who disagree with him to die, Jesus is no liberal.'...
    What's the name of that CONSERVATIVE preacher/leader who had declared numerous times that he is praying that the POTUS Brack Obama dies simply because he strongly disagrees with what he says or does?
    Oh, yeah, Wiley Drake.

    July 13, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  16. Marcus

    'doug – July 13th, 2010 12:27 pm ET
    Please don't compare Jesus to DC Democrats, Jesus never smoked crack.
    It is like saying Jesus wants people who disagree with him to die, Jesus is no liberal.'

    Hmm... let's see, the Westboro Baptist Church doesn't count since it's an avid and well known 'hate group' who lost contact with reality eons ago.
    Wiley drake and Pat robertson on the other hand are more 'normal' examples that Conservatives can, and does, use Jesus to incite and stimulate hate and prejudice...
    Like you.

    July 13, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  17. Wisconsinite - the GObP Loves Big Oil, But Hates Suffering Americans

    @doug who said (and I quote) "It is like saying Jesus wants people who disagree with him to die, Jesus is no liberal"

    Really, doug? It seems to me, by reading your hate-filled rants here day after day, that you don't have a clue about Jesus. Jesus believed in feeding the hungry, clothing the unclothed, healing the sick and spreading love, understanding and compassion everywhere he went in the world. That, by definition, would be more of a "liberal" political view thant a conservative one. If you really are as filled with hate as ALL of your posts make you sound, doug, you need help. Perhaps you should get counseling.

    July 13, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  18. Steve (the real one)

    As a Christian, i just have one word for this. RIDICULOUS! INSANE!. OK, 2 words!

    July 13, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  19. The Other Micheal in Houston

    Uh Doug, I think Jesus wanted equality to all, never discriminated against anyone, feed the hungry and sacrificed his life for others.....sound like a liberal to me.

    July 13, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  20. Kyle Milsaps

    This Mayor has been a disaster. Ron Moten is a thug whose gravy train is about to hit the end of the line. Of course his idiotic antics will become more idiotic the more everyone realizes that this Mayor is on his way out the door. Vince Gray will have one big problem to deal with when he becomes Mayor. He'll have to put some additional traffic laws into place to protect the former Fenty sycophants who'll be ambling about the streets, heads down, thumbs moving feaverishly, tapping at the air where their ubiquitous Blackberries once were. I just hope auto insurance rates don't increase, though that will be a fitting final gift from Fenty & Co.

    July 13, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  21. Retired Army in San Antonio

    compare your preferred candidate in a mayoral race to Jesus - July 13th, 2010 11:58 am ET

    equates to the hail mary pass in football

    Truth be spoken, here.

    July 13, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  22. Greg

    This guy must be the 'chosen one' to succeed Obama after his rein years in office... if he wins, see if he gets a prominent spot at the Dems Convention. After that his ascension is pre-ordained!

    July 13, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  23. Reasonable Person

    Wow, the hatred is stunning. Pres. Obama is "the scum of the earth?" Really?!! Why? Because you disagree with his policies? Do you call everyone who doesn't share your philosophy "scum of the earth?" How sad. I'm sure Jesus would be very proud of all the self-righteous conservatives claiming to know him. Yeah right.

    July 13, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  24. jenn, philadelphia

    I wouldn't trust the voters in the town that elected Marion Barry. Twice!

    July 13, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |