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John Hlinko, the Georgetown father responsible for the social media for the Fenty write-in.
The contest for mayor is over, isn’t it? Or is it?
D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray beat Mayor Adrian Fenty by some 10 percent in the Sept 14th Democratic primary. In an overwhelmingly Democratic city, that’s as good as being elected, with the November general election typically viewed as a victory lap.
But wait. A real, viable write-in campaign for Mayor Fenty -- with roots in Georgetown and backed by new and long-standing Fenty supporters -- has started to spread, with significant financing, Facebook
, Twitter, and social media legs. The evidence includes:
-- A glossy, professional-looking postcard passed out at Cleveland Park Day on Saturday. It features a Fenty picture and says: “Fenty Run!!!!!” and “Write-in Adrian M. Fenty” with a web address, WriteFentyIn.com, a live phone number, and email, Facebook and Twitter addresses,
-- A serious 10-minute-long poll estimated to cost $20,000, reported by Mike DeBonis
of The Washington Post with analysis by John Sides
, a George Washington University professor, and
-- John Hlinko, a live, very charming person who speaks publicly for the campaign (at least part of it). He’s a Georgetown resident and parent who readily takes credit for the social media.
Hlinko is a school-reform Fenty supporter. “I’d like to send my 4-year-old daughter to public school and I was more and more pleased with what I saw. This is awesome,” Hlinko says of the Fenty/Rhee school reforms. When Fenty lost, he was “bummed” and decided to get involved. “It’s a long shot. It’s in the hands of the D.C. voters—they can do it, all they have to do is learn how to spell his name and walk to the polls with a pencil, and they can do it.”
In terms of financial backing, Hlinko has spent some $1,500, which he plans to report. Financing of the poll remains unclear.