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Playing Hardball With Snowballs

Chris Matthews blasts Mayor Fenty over snow removal



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    Want to know how to get on MSNBC personality Chris Matthews’ bad side? Mess with his commute.

    Matthews berated Mayor Adrian Fenty on his show “Hardball” Wednesday night over the city’s response to the blizzard.

    “Why can’t a government town do a government job?” he asked. He later added, “It’s a city that can’t plow its streets.”

    Matthews also encouraged someone to run against the mayor in the upcoming Democratic primary.

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    "This is our 300-year storm," said Mayor Fenty Thursday in response to the overwhelming job of clearing out the several feet of snow that's piled up across neighborhood streets in the District since Saturday.
    (Published Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010)

    “It’s time for a competition in the next primary round here," he said. "I think somebody’s got to run. This city needs a little better effort right now.”

    Mayor Fenty responded to the criticism Thursday morning on News4 Today.

    "I didn't hear Chris's whole interview. It sounds like he's mixing the responsibilities between the federal government and the local government," Fenty said. "The streets are completely a local government issue, except for the ones right around the Mall."

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    Mayor Fenty was on News4 Today this morning talking about all the snow that hit DC over the last several days. We asked him about unplowed side streets in DC and when residents can expect thier streets to be cleared. The mayor also talked about the need for businesses and residents to shovel the snow from sidewalks. Still on the subject of snow the mayor discussed the possibility of the Federal Government funding some of the snow removal costs. Also on the agenda was the topic of mass snowball fights. There have been several very large snowball fights this winter and we asked the mayor if they are too big and could get out-of-hand.
    (Published Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010)

    "Clearly a lot of work is left to be done, but not just in D.C., I mean Montgomery County, Prince George's County, all the way up to Baltimore," Fenty said. "This is the biggest snow that D.C. has ever seen. I've got a lot of work cut out for me. We'll get it done."

    Matthews wasn't the only one upset with the city's snow response. 

    The Washington Examiner penned an editorial Thursday under the headline "Mayor Fenty fails the snow test."

    "Mayor Adrian Fenty should fire D.C. Department of Transportation Director Gabe Klein and Department of Public Works Director Bill Howland, the two city employees in charge of snow removal, and use the money saved to hire a private contractor."

    At-Large Councilman Kwame Brown, apparently fed up with the response in Southeast, took to the streets on an ATV and started plowing out folks' driveways and roads.  How do we know?  Well, video popped up on his Web site

    Brown had already issued a release regarding the closing of D.C. government earlier in the week, and held a press conference demanding a state of emergency be issued.  Oh, and he, ahem, is pondering a run for mayor.

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