Mayor Adrian M. Fenty released a campaign TV ad this week acknowledging he has mistakes and promising to do better. Now the American Federation of Government Employees has released its own ad -- a 60-second radio spot condemning "boss" Fenty.
"We have a problem with our boss. He disrespects us. He treats us as if we just don't matter...," a woman says, continuing with a spiel about the termination of day care workers.
"It was cold and arrogant," she says of the firings.
She also talks about the troubled Public Employee Relations Board which, left with several vacancies, was unable to conduct business. "No board, no due process, no checks and balances," she says.
The ad never mentions Fenty's name and only reveals his identity at the end: "an uncaring boss who also happens to be the mayor."
You can listen to the entire ad here.
AFGE and several other labor unions have endorsed Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray, Fenty's main opponent in the Sept. 14th Democratic primary.
The union previously released a YouTube video, featuring teddy bears and commenting on controversy over recreation construction contracts awarded to firms with ties to Fenty.
Spokeswoman Enid Doggett said the new radio spot, airing on Radio One stations, is costing the union $20,000 over the next two weeks.