Unreconstructed Caucasia Residents Writing in Fenty

Something I haven’t seen discussed.  Here are the DC BOEE results:

Carlos Allen 2042
Faith 1341
Omari Musa 659
Vincent C. Gray 90552
WRITE-IN 27874
Total 122,468 100.00%

Notice: about 23% of the electorate wrote in a candidate’s name. I am willing to bet that those were almost all for Adrian Fenty, and were almost all cast by white voters, particular those living in “Upper Caucasia”.

I am not alone in thinking this is a disturbing development: a fairly large fraction of the DC voting population, probably overwhelmingly white, apparently rejected the fact that Fenty was overwhelmingly trounced in the Democratic primary in September. And they chose to write in a candidate’s name, probably Adrian Fenty. I have read some of the incredibly racist and tea-party-sounding denunciations of Gray – with no evidence whatsoever to back them up – on comment boards for the WaPo and other places, and it it highly disturbing to me. They very much sound like the folks who accused Obama of being a Muslim, foreign-born socialist who was elected by nobody at all and who was going to take away their guns and Medicare and replace the latter with gummint-run socialized medicine.

All that being said, I am also disturbed that Vince Gray seems to be ingratiating himself in the educational field with the same group of billionaire busybodies who think they have the right to help destroy public education.

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  1. That’s a lot of write in votes! I don’t venture to suppose from whence they came but I share your concern about Gray’s attention to the “ed reform” hoity toity.
    My hope is that it is just something that comes with the Mayor territory and is not heartfelt. Even if that’s true though, I know because he told me at a Council hearing where I said Mayoral control of Public Ed had turned out to be a bust and he responded that he was not ready to give up on it, that he thought the problems were from how it had been implemented. His whole package so far though does sound like a Fenty/Rhee redo so I will be watching closely.
    I’m ready to move AGAINST Mayoral control altogether as the root cause of the door to a whole lot of the “reform” craziness that’s descended on us in DC being opened wide with little to no check or balance at all.


  2. We must hold Vincent Gray accountable as we did the Fenty administration. Certainly we need strong union leadership who at the very least is willing to be at the table discuss education reform with Vincent Gray. I too am disturbed that members of Grays transition team only represent charter schools.

    I certainly understand Sarah’s comments about being ready to move against mayoral control all together. We have to all demand that all education stakeholders be at the table when it comes to education reform. So far its not looking so good from where I sit.

    Candi Peterson
    Candidate for WTU General VP/Saunders slate


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