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(Washington Post) — All Ethel Delaney Lee wanted was a phone call.  She sought a brief conversation, the kind of personal attentiveness the matriarch of modern Ward 4 politics had grown used to over the years from her former D.C. Council member, Adrian M. Fenty.

Delaney Lee, who employed her considerable political skills to help mold Fenty’s image as a constituent-caring council member, had expected their relationship to thrive when he was elected mayor in 2006. Fenty (D) would surely have time to hear her plea on behalf of a friend, a city employee slated to be laid off two years shy of retiring as part of the mayor’s cost-saving measures, she said.

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