The Georgia Avenue campaign headquarters for Mayor Adrian M. Fenty was empty Wednesday morning -- a window that shattered Tuesday night after a volunteer leaned on it remained missing. Anyone could walk into the unsecured former car dealership where equipment and paraphernalia remained.
Vincent Harrison, a 69-year-old retiree, giddily took his normal morning walk past the headquarters. Frayed "Vince Gray" and "I Voted" stickers spruced up his dress shirt.
"He's from here in D.C.," Harrison told a woman on the sidewalk who knew little about the council chairman who handily beat Fenty in the Democratic primary. "Vince Gray is going to help small businesses and get people jobs."
Without prompting, Harrison, who retired as a cook from Walter Reed Hospital, criticized the elections board for slow returns Tuesday. "Why did it take so long for the votes to come in?" he asked.
A row of live news trucks awaited the arrival of someone, anyone from the Fenty campaign.
A security officer said, "They're not coming." He flung up his arms as he took a look around the empty headquarters.