Fenty Plans to Endorse Obama

By David Nakamura
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, July 17, 2007

D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty plans to endorse Illinois Sen. Barack Obama's bid for the Democratic nomination for president today, sources said yesterday.

Fenty (D) had been noncommittal, though he has said he would endorse a Democrat.

Some city officials had speculated that he might not endorse anyone until he knew whether New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg (I) would run.

Fenty has patterned key initiatives after Bloomberg's programs, including his takeover of public schools.

But Fenty's support of Obama looked more probable recently when a Fenty adviser, Jim Hudson, organized a fundraiser for Obama that collected $600,000 and endorsements from three D.C. Council members: Yvette M. Alexander (D-Ward 7), Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) and Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6).

"Jim helped me get to where I am," Obama said at a fundraiser two weeks ago.

Fenty would join other Democratic big-city mayors, including Chicago's Richard Daley and Newark's Cory Booker, in endorsing Obama.

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