D.C.'s Tom Lindenfeld: Inside the "Boiler Room" at the DNC
DENVER -- Tom Lindenfeld is an alternate delegate for the District, but he's perhaps the busiest of the city's entire delegation. That's because Lindenfeld, a Washington-based political consultant, is helping oversee the logistics for each night's production at the Pepsi Center, the 19,000-seat arena where the speeches are taking place through Wednesday.
Lindenfeld, whose LSG Strategies firm was hired by Adrian M. Fenty to help run his mayoral campaign, was partners with David Alexrod, Barack Obama's campaign mastermind, for six years. Here at the convention, Lindenfeld is working with organized labor's "Change to Win" to help with the logistics, which he has done the past four conventions.
At the Pepsi Center last night, Lindenfeld was easy to spot in a neon yellow vest, overseeing a 180-person army dedicated to passing out the thousands of "Michelle" and "Kennedy" signs viewers saw on television. Lindenfeld rushed around the arena barking orders to his minions, grabbing big garbage bags full of the signs and pointing out where they needed to be distributed.
Lindenfeld is spending little time with his D.C. brethren. He's decamped at another hotel with the organizers and spends much of his day in the "boiler room" of planning sessions in the bowels of the Pepsi Center.
"This is my life," he said while taking a short breather, sitting on a step next to the D.C. delegation's section. Then he noticed a section with no signs and quickly was off to address the oversight.
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