New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg endorsed Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) in his reelection Tuesday, saying the District is "more accountable, more transparent, more effective" under the young mayor.
Bloomberg, who has had a major influence on Fenty over the past four years, appeared to base a brief endorsement speech from the talking points of Fenty's campaign.
Phrasing was familiar: Fenty has made "tough, smart decisions" and he "gets the job done."
"I think Washington, D.C., is really lucky to have him," Bloomberg said at a news conference at the cavernous Carmine's restaurant in Penn Quarter.
Fenty said the endorsement "brings my political career full circle." He said he turned to Bloomberg and New York for inspiration for the District's smoking ban, community policing and improved sanitation services.
"All of those were things that we talked about when we were running for mayor...and implemented," Fenty said. "We literally stole the whole 311 system from New York."
The endorsement comes 28 days before the Sept.14 primary, which pits Fenty against chief rival Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray. Political observers say Gray, the lesser known candidate months ago, has been gaining momentum.