Attorney General Peter Nickles took to the airwaves on Mayor Adrian Fenty's behalf Thursday, talking politics, policy and his future with radio host Jonetta Rose-Barras.
In a DC Politics interview on WPFW 89.3 FM, Rose-Barras told the city's top lawyer that there are some residents who will not vote to re-elect Fenty because of Nickles, his strained relations with the council and the view that he is a "cantankerous old man," who is to blame for "a lot that has happened in this administration is bad."
"I don't know if I'm cantankerous," Nickles said, joking about his age, 71. "I'm ready to take it on as long as the mayor wants me to take it on."
Nickles acknowledged that he has long had a cantankerous relationship with former mayor Marion Barry (D-Ward 8).
But Nickles said he has had "very good relations" with council members Jack Evans (D-Ward 2), Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4), David Catania (I-At Large), Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6), Jim Graham (D-Ward 1), and at times, Chairman Vincent Gray.
But, he said, "I have found these other council members - particularly Barry, Michael Brown (I-At Large), Kwame Brown (D-At Large) and Harry Thomas Jr. (D-Ward 5) - completely unwilling to listen. No matter what the issue is, they are instinctively against the mayor."
Nickles went on to say that he has "no political aspirations" when it comes to running for attorney general, if voters decide in November that the city's chief lawyer should be elected.
When asked about his future if Fenty is re-elected, Nickles suggested that his wife would prefer that he not serve another four years. Nickles said it "all depends on (a) whether the mayor wants me and (b) whether my wife is more persuasive than my mayor."