Other Black Mayors Grapple with Forces That Led to Fenty’s Downfall

September 24, 2010  |  

(Washington Post) — Once welcomed as a reformist mayor, he developed a leadership style that was criticized as aloof and autocratic. Budget cuts produced clashes with public employees and alienated some of the most important constituencies in the city.

Ultimately, the hope he once inspired gave way to suspicion of his “post-racial” brand of politics.

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