At a news conference Thursday, Mayor Fenty was asked to respond to criticism from MSNBC commentator Chris Matthews. To review, Mathews took aim at the mayor's handling of snow removal on "Hardball" on Wednesday and said Fenty needs some competition in his reelection bid this year.
With or without competition, Fenty said, "I will work around the clock to get reelected." The mayor noted that he's already started knocking on doors to make his case directly to voters.
"In all my campaigns," he said, "we've always started earlier and been the first to knock on doors."
And is he worried about the political implications of messing up the aftermath of such a big storm?
"I'm just focused on the operations of snow removal, not the politics of snow removal," Fenty said.