July 2, 2010 at 11:14 am EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Gay congressman endorses Fenty

Gay U.S. Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) delivered a ringing endorsement of D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty’s re-election bid Wednesday night at the Logan Circle gay bar MOVA, where Fenty held an LGBT community reception.

With more than 150 people packed into the bar’s upper floor lounge, Polis praised Fenty for what he said was a “tremendous” improvement in the city’s public schools and efficient and “great” overall city services during Fenty’s first term as mayor. He also praised the mayor for his support for LGBT rights and for helping to bring about “gay marriage in Washington, D.C.”

Fenty thanked Polis for the endorsement and told the gathering he believes his record on LGBT issues as well as city-wide issues is strong and he hoped those attending the event will consider voting for him in the Sept. 14 Democratic primary.

The mayor then waded through the crowd, agreeing to requests by supporters wearing Fenty campaign stickers on their shirts to pose with them for photos.

“This is the actual LGBT community folks who will turn out and vote for the mayor,” said gay activist and Fenty supporter John Fanning. “We’ve been hearing a lot from a few vocal activists who aren’t supporting the mayor,” he said. “But I think this event tonight shows the rank and file people are with him.”

Some in the crowd said they had yet to make up their minds on who to vote for mayor, saying they came to the event because it was billed as a “meet and greet” session rather than a campaign rally.

Fenty said he plans to host more campaign events in the LGBT community.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

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  • Who really cares that a first term congressman from Colorado endorses in the Mayor’s race. Will Adrian bicycle to Denver and now endorse someone in the Governor’s race? Or will our own Eleanor Holmes Norton fly out to Jared’s district and endorse him? Isn’t there an unwritten rule about not getting involved in primary politics? The people of the District of Columbia need no outside politican to make decisions for us. We are more than ready, willing and able to make our OWN selection and live with the consequences.

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