Could Adrian Fenty become the Republican nominee for D.C. mayor?

With the Democratic primary fast approaching, polls show incumbent D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty trailing D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray, but what some are wondering is whether Fenty would consider challenging Gray as a Republican should he lose Tuesday’s primary?

In a survey of likely voters, a Clarus Research Group poll shows Gray attracting 45 percent support compared to Fenty’s 38 percent, with 14 percent undecided and 3 percent backing other candidates.

As of now, the winner of the Democratic primary will almost certainly become the next mayor of D.C., especially since there is currently no Republican running.

Of the two candidates, Republicans observing the Democratic primary largely view Fenty more favorably, most notably for his appointment of Michelle Rhee — a champion of school reform — as chancellor of the D.C. public school system. Republican council candidate David Hedgepeth has even endorsed the mayor. Conversely, Vincent Gray has come under fire by Republicans who have demanded an investigation into his campaign advertisements and finances.

Without a GOP candidate currently in the race and with Fenty trailing Gray in the Democratic primary, some are speculating about the possibility that Republicans, in their primary, could write-in Fenty, thereby making him the Republican nominee and able to face Gray in the general election.

Such a scenario is legally possible, according to Alysoun McLaughlin, the public affairs manager for the D.C. Board of Elections.

“There is no requirement to file with our office prior to an election,” McLaughlin wrote in an email to The Daily Caller.  “Also, while a candidate must be registered with a political party in order to be listed on the ballot, there is nothing to prevent a candidate from switching parties after an election in order to claim a nomination won as a write-in.”

D.C. Republican Committee executive director Paul Craney told TheDC that while Republicans liked Fenty’s appointment of Rhee, they were not taking a position on the Democratic primary, nor were they prepared to say whether they would support Fenty if he sought to challenge Gray as a Republican. “There are still too many ‘what ifs,’” Craney said.

Fenty’s campaign did not return requests for comment.

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  • jobforce

    There are questions that intelligent voters want answers to notwithstanding their support of education reform and #DC Mayor Candidate Adrian Fenty would NOT be welcomed in the Republican party coming through the door with issues like this:

    And dirty laundry like this:

    Given all of the overwhelming food for thought listed above in support of #ogov #opengov , in the matter of @fenty2010 vs @grayformayor for DC Mayor, I belive that Vincent Gray is the #smartchoice for DC’s next Mayor. Fenty appears to be untrustworthy while Vince Gray has proven his ability to get all the right people on the same page particularly in support of reforms such as education. There would have been no DC schools chancellor #Rhee if the collective legislative body of the DC Council had not voted to make this happen.

    Although #fenty appears to take credit for ALL of the city’s forward movement, smart voters know that it is the FULL BODY of the DC Council, in addition to the citizens voting and participation, and the many DC employees that advance the District’s progress each day. Clearly, #gray has a role in his leadership and the council trusted him to do what is in the best interests of the residents. The next Mayor will need the ability, and trust of the city council to advance DC forward which #fenty clearly does not have.

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  • Kerrvillian

    Fenty a Republican? Maybe. If you consider Mike Castle a conservative.

    There is no good that can come of the anti-gun Fenty.

    Dump him like yesterday’s garbage.

  • thephranc

    Fenty is another celebrity pol. He’d rather be on the news shows talking about sports then real issues.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brendan-Foy/100000424348074 Brendan Foy

    Supporting school choice is a fresh position for a Democrat but does Fenty fit as a Republican? Does he share the distinctly Republican ideals of low taxes, free market solutions to economic hardship and a small, accountable government?

    • des1

      So you’d rather have the Liberal who’s going to walk back school reforms?