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Posted at 11:57 AM ET, 10/13/2010

Fenty confirms Oberlin talks, downplays write-in campaign

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty confirmed that he is in talks with alma mater Oberlin College to teach political science there in the future. Asked why he would want to do so, Fenty laughed and asked, "Besides that it's the greatest school?"

More seriously, Fenty said it's still premature to talk about his future, a month after his loss in the Democratic primary to Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray. But he said he is on the hunt for a job. "I'm literally exploring everything," he said in an interview after he shared the stage at the Mayflower Hotel with Gray, schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee and her interim replacement, Kaya Henderson.

The mayor also fielded questions about the write-in campaign being led by a handful of his supporters and former campaign staff. Fenty downplayed the write-in campaign and said he will not declare himself as a write-in candidate. But he coyly answered a question about whether he would accept a write-in nomination if enough votes are cast for him. He repeatedly said he is backing Gray. "I committed to support the Democratic nominee," Fenty said. "I think Vincent Gray will be a great mayor."

He later said, "Vincent Gray will be mayor. ... If he needs me, I'll be there."

Fenty said department directors are currently preparing briefings for a future Gray administration.

By Washington Post Editors  |  11:57 AM ET, 10/13/2010

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