New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is scheduled Tuesday to endorse Mayor Adrian M. Fenty in his reelection bid at a news conference at Carmine's, one of the newest restaurants to hit the District.
Bloomberg, a Democrat turned Republican turned independent, has been a major influence on Fenty and his administration. From education reform to the bullpen, Fenty has borrowed many ideas from Bloomberg.
When Fenty (D) ran for election in 2006, he visited Bloomberg and other big-city mayors. After he was elected, he tapped Bloomberg and his administration to develop his plan for a mayoral takeover of the city's public school system.
New York City Schools Chancellor Joel I. Klein, Bloomberg's unorthodox choice to lead the school system there, recommended Michelle A. Rhee to Fenty.
Carmine's seemed to be the perfect site for the endorsement. The New York City restaurant is spreading its brand with the District being its latest venture.
Update 4:00 p.m. -- Fenty's chief rival in the mayoral race, Vincent C. Gray, has issued a response to Bloomberg's pending endorsement of the mayor. "We are happy to concede the Manhattan vote to him," said Mo Elleithee, Gray's senior strategist. "We're going to keep focusing on the residents across all of DC's 8 wards."