Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) said Friday afternoon that he will not seek re-election as a Republican, even though he won the GOP nomination after more than 800 voters wrote in his name on their ballot in Tuesday's primary.
Repeating statements he made before he lost the Democratic nomination to D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray, Fenty said he plans to remain a Democrat. On Thursday, Fenty formally endorsed Gray in the mayor's race.
"Today's news of the Republican nomination is a recognition of the great progress this city has seen over the past four years," Fenty said. "While I am humbled by the nomination, I will not accept it. I believe the best days of the District of Columbia lay ahead, and I will work with Chairman Gray, the Democratic nominee, to ensure that the progress continues and this belief is realized."
After the Board of Elections confirmed earlier this morning that Fenty had won the GOP nomination with 822 write-in votes, it gave him until 4:30 p.m. to decide whether he would accept the nomination and switch parties.
Robert J. Kabel, chairman of the D.C. Republican Committee, sent out a statement this morning urging Fenty to run as a Republican..
"If he were to accept the Republican nomination, the DC Republican Committee and the 29.728 District Republicans would overwhelmingly support him," Kabel said. "I suspect that the 73,178 registered independents would also welcome the idea."
-- Tim Craig