In Dec. 2006, Mayor Fenty used the occasion of his 36th birthday to throw a big party for himself and his supporters at St. Colleta special education school. It was a sort-of thank you to those who'd supported his resounding mayoral campaign victory. Last year, Fenty stepped it up, renting out a wing of the Washington Convention Center, though actual turnout was a bit sparse.
This year? The mayor has launched his re-election bid for 2010, so it's back to business. He's advertising a birthday party Saturday evening at the Northwest home of Chris Donatelli, a developer who gets plenty of city business.
What does a second-year mayor want for a gift as he turns the big 3-8? How about some campaign cash? "DONATE NOW!" says the button on the bottom of the birthday advertisement on the Web site. Also from the site:
The time has come to engage the residents of the District of Columbia about the future of the city and the leadership that will represent them moving forward. We are proud of the progress we've made since January 2007, whether its beginning the critical reform of DCPS or bringing more development into our great neighborhoods. We cannot rest on the improvement we've fostered thus far and will continue to work with all residents to make the District a world class city.