Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, who is in a tough reelection fight against D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray, his chief rival, modified his speech pattern Sunday at a go-go music concert in Southeast Washington for his campaign.
Several polls, including one by The Washington Post, show that Fenty is favored by wealthier, white communities, such as Ward 3, but is struggling in black neighborhoods, particularly Wards 7 and 8. The Post poll showed that majorities of black voters thought that Fenty was not honest and trustworthy and did not relate to their problems.
To combat that perception, Ron Moten, Peaceoholics co-founder and former go-go promoter, has rounded up go-go musicians to speak on behalf of Fenty. The campaign is called "Go-Go 4 Fenty: We Got the Facts, Not Fiction." Advertising with go-go stars aired on urban radio stations during the Memorial Day Weekend.
Fenty appeared to take relating to the crowd a step further than just the music Sunday. The 39-year-old mayor, who once told a reporter where to place the commas in a sentence, used bad grammar when he spoke about his love of go-go music.
When he introduced performers, he said, "We got ... we got ... "
At one point, Fenty said, "Hey, but look, a lot of these folk I grew up with. I know Big G since we was little from Uptown Mo, same thing."
Fenty is known for trademark comments, such as "as fast as humanly possible." He's also known for giving a thumbs up for approval.
There were no thumbs Sunday. Just raised hands and an "Awwright!"