WTOP radio is reporting that Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) has reached out to President Obama to try to get him to endorse his beleaguered campaign for reelection.
The station reported that Fenty "personally called the White House to ask President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama to endorse him in the Democratic primary," according to the story on the station's Web site.
Fenty told WTOP's Mark Segraves he hopes for an endorsement he can use in his campaign material, but doesn't expect the president would campaign for him.
Sean Madigan, a Fenty spokesman, told D.C. Wire he's checking into the report.
In 2007, Fenty become one of the earliest elected officials in the country to endorse Obama in the presidential race.
Obama, however, has so far shown little interest in the mayor's race. Most observers say it would be highly unusual for the president to wade into a contested Democratic primary for a local office.
By admitting to WTOP he reached out to the president, Fenty runs the risk of appearing desperate with just five days to go until the primary.