Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D), who is up for reelection this year, appeared to be in full campaign mode during an afternoon update on the city's snow-removal efforts.
Fenty called the media to the 1400 block of Buchanan Street NW, near the intersection of 14th Street, in Ward 4. He was joined by council member Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4), a Fenty ally, and some neighbors.
Earlier in the day, Fenty said, the street he was standing on had been a snow-clogged mess. But after the city called in some heavy equipment, it was just wet by the time of his 4 p.m. press conference.
Fenty, who had the event on the side of the street even though a television reporter expressed concerns about her safety, was also joined by Edward Floyd, who lives on the block.
"I appreciate everything you all have done," said Floyd, noting his wife is disabled. "The whole neighborhood appreciates its."
So who is Floyd? Ronald Moten, the co-founder of Peaceaholics and a friend of Fenty's, is Floyd's grandson.
Floyd, 73, credited Moten with getting the city's attention about the condition of his grandfather's street.
"He called and asked if anyone has been to the street," Floyd recalled. "I said no and he said, okay, he would see what he could do and make a couple calls."
Moten said he called various agencies and the mayor's office to try to get a plow to his father's street. But he said he did not receive special treatment.
"It took days," Moten said. "I called everybody...I was told the same thing everybody else was told: 'We are going to get there as soon as we can'."
-- Tim Craig