Fenty Makes Call to White House

By Tom Sherwood and Jim Iovino
|  Wednesday, Sep 8, 2010  |  Updated 3:00 PM EDT
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Fenty Makes Call to White House

WASHINGTON - FEBRUARY 16: Washington DC Mayor Adrian M. Fenty poses with a wax figure of President Obama during the unveiling ceremony for the 9 new U.S. President wax figures at Madame Tussauds on February 16, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images for Rubenstein Communications, Inc.)

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D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty continues to try to gain any kind of momentum he can in his run for re-election against challenger Vincent Gray.

That includes making a call to the White House.

WTOP's Mark Segraves asked Fenty Wednesday if he had reached out to his friend at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue for some help, and the mayor said yes.

Fenty confirmed that he made a call to the White House asking Obama to issue a statement to endorse him for mayor. Fenty did not say who he talked to at the White House, and there was no indication that any action would happen.

Fenty was one of the first mayors in the country to back Obama in his run for president. Fenty threw his support behind Obama in July 2007. It came at a time when a lot of mayors were thinking about backing Hillary Clinton.

"You have a long, hard campaign in front of you," Fenty told Obama at a Southwest rec center in 2007. "This city knows a lot about long, hard, door-to-door campaigns."

When told Wednesday about Fenty's call to the White House, Gray responded by saying that he was focused on local voters and that he hopes Obama would help D.C. get voting rights, no matter who is mayor.

When Obama received Fenty's endorsement in 2007, he pledged to fight for D.C.'s vote.

"Folks in D.C. still don't have a voice in their national government," Obama said, according to the Washington Post. "That's wrong."

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