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Posted at 11:16 AM ET, 08/23/2010

Heated mayoral politics in Ward 8

For those who can't get enough of the almost-daily drama surrounding Peaceoholics co-founder Ronald Moten and his support for incumbent Adrian M. Fenty in the mayor's race, enter Moten's father, Ronald Starks El.

At Saturday's Ward 8 Democratic Committee endorsement vote, Starks El was roaming around the room snapping pictures with his camera. Several supporters for Fenty's chief rival, D.C. Council member Vincent C. Gray (D), protested, accusing Starks El of taking unauthorized photos of them.

The controversy stems from concerns among some Gray supporters that Ronald Moten, a strategist for Fenty, is documenting who shows up at events to support Gray

When asked why he was taking so many pictures, Starks El told the Washington Post he was taking "pictures of the event."

"It's a public event and I'm just exercising my rights as a citizen," he said. "I'm taking pictures of the event, not people."

Starks El, a Fenty supporter, also showed up with his camera at a go-go concert sponsored by the Gray campaign 10 days ago in Oxon Run Park in Southeast. At that event, according to Starks El, several Gray supporters spat beer in his face when he refused to stop taking pictures.

Ronald Moten said his father has been a photographer for years.

"It ain't against the law to take pictures is it?" Ronald Moten said. "I got people following me all the time taking pictures. Why don't they talk about (Gray's) agenda, not all of this little small stuff."

In another controversy, Gray said Ronald Moten chased him and his supporters Friday afternoon as they were trying to canvass near Woodland Terrace in Southeast, which led to a heated confrontation, according to Gray.

Moten denies chasing Gray.

"He came to Woodland for the first time in six years and I told him and (D.C. Council member Marion Barry) don't come around here acting like you are helping people when you haven't been,'"Moten said. "Don't come here 25 days before an election."

--Tim Craig

By  |  11:16 AM ET, 08/23/2010

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