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Fenty endorses Obama, to chair D.C. campaign 

By Robert Redding Jr.

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July 17, 2007, 2:30 p.m. - D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty announced today his endorsement of Sen. Barack Obama for president, and said he will serve as the chairman of the fellow Democrat's District campaign. 

"I believe a new era of hope is upon us in both the District of Columbia and the entire nation," Fenty said. "Barack Obama is the candidate that can reach across party lines and inspire pride in our government again."

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"Washington is fortunate that it gets to count on Adrian Fenty," Obama said. "Today, I'm proud to declare that I can count on Adrian as well. Last fall, Mayor Fenty brought a new generation of leadership to Washington by knocking on every door and practicing the kind of grassroots, bottom-up politics that can bring about real change. That's what we're trying to do in this campaign, and I'm honored that he's joining us in that effort."

Fenty's endorsement comes as Obama prepares to lay out his urban poverty agenda tomorrow. 

Fenty is the youngest mayor in the city's history. He served on the District's city council prior to being elected mayor.

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