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Posted at 03:44 PM ET, 09/23/2011

Former D.C. mayor Fenty to host fundraiser for Evans


He could only stay away so long: Former Mayor Adrian M. Fenty is dipping his toe back into city politics, hosting a fundraiser for one of his most stalwart political supporters.

Fenty will raise money for D.C. Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2), who is seeking a sixth full term next year. The event is set for Oct. 6 at Fenty's law firm, Klores Perry Mitchell, the Post’s Nikita Stewart has learned.

During Fenty's initial run for mayor in 2006, Evans supported his opponent Linda Cropp, arguing that Fenty was too inexperienced for the job.

But after Fenty’s landslide victory, Evans became perhaps Fenty's most reliable supporter on a D.C. Council that became increasingly hostile as Fenty’s term progressed.

During Fenty’s unsuccessful reelection campaign last year, Evans cut an ad in which he praised the former mayor for being able to “work with others and get results." And since the election, Evans has repeatedly shown he’s never really warmed up to Fenty’s successor, Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D).

“It’s great,” Evans said of the upcoming fundraiser. “I’ve always been a big supporter of his and he of mine.”

Fenty was not immediately available to comment. But if he’s doing a fundraiser for Evans, can one for Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4), another Fenty ally up for reelection next year, be far behind?

Staff writer Mike DeBonis contributed to this report

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