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Personality Not Policy Key Difference In D.C. Mayor's Race

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By Patrick Madden

Personality not policy continues to dominate the discussion about this year's mayoral race in D.C. While Mayor Adrian Fenty is often criticized for arrogant and his opponent Vincent Gray is fighting a reputation for being too bureaucratic.

At yesterday's debate on WAMU 88.5 Fenty apologized for his personality, but says its the result of focusing so hard on getting things done.

"So people are saying so why don't people like Fenty? Well the one thing that is different from being a hard-charging city council member and a hard charging mayor is, I am the final decision maker," says Fenty.

His opponent has the exact opposite problem. One of the chief criticisms leveled against Gray is that his decision making process is too methodical and collaborative. At the debate on the Kojo Nnamdi Show, Gray says while he's all about "getting things done", he didn't exactly dismiss this characterization of himself either.

"But I also believe, Kojo, in bringing people together. People, especially in this city that is uniquely disenfranchised, wanna be a part of the decisions that influence their lives," says Gray.

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