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  With Mayor Mum on Race, Backers Flock to D.C. Rivals
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Last EditedCOSDem  Mar 06, 2005 01:58pm
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News DateMonday, February 21, 2005 07:00:00 PM UTC0:0
Description Peter Rosenstein, long a faithful adviser to D.C. Mayor Anthony A. Williams, waited for months for some kind of sign. But every time he asked about the 2006 election -- Would Williams run again? Should Rosenstein start raising money? -- the mayor said he wasn't ready to decide.

So two weeks ago, Rosenstein made a decision of his own: no more waiting. After helping to craft Williams's campaign platforms in 1998 and 2002, Rosenstein announced that he will lend his talents in 2006 to a different candidate for mayor: council member Adrian M. Fenty (D-Ward 4).

Rosenstein is not alone. Some two years before the 2006 election, more than a dozen foot soldiers from Williams's previous campaigns have abandoned the mayor and crossed over to enemy camps. Some said they are convinced that Williams (D) will not seek a third term. Others credit him with sparking an economic renaissance in the nation's capital but said the District needs a more charismatic leader who will spend time in its neighborhoods, unite its people and bridge a growing class divide.
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