Schwartz Brings on Lindenfeld
Council member Carol Schwartz isn't just pulling out the pencils and pens for her write-in campaign to retain her seat.
She's pulling out the stops and dipping into Fenty country.
Political consultant Tom Lindenfeld -- the magic man who helped Mayor Adrian M. Fenty set a precedent by winning every precinct in the city in 2006 -- said he was hired yesterday with three weeks to go before the big day.
"I am supporting and working for Carol Schwartz," Lindenfeld said.
Hired gun or volunteer?
"I expect to be paid," he said.
"I don't think it cost that much," Lindenfeld said. (Code for wait for the campaign finance report.)
What's your title?
"I've never had titles...You can call me an organizer."
Lindenfeld said she lost the Republican primary to newcomer Patrick Mara last month because she was helping "families that were in need," referring to the Accrued Sick and Safe Leave Act. The legislation makes the District the second jurisdiction in the country to require employers to provide most workers with sick leave. "There's no more admirable a thing," he said.
The business community responded by pouring campaign contributions into the coffers of Mara.
Though she lost the primary, Lindenfeld said Schwartz can make a comeback in the Nov. 4th general. "Running citywide there's going to be an enormous amount of respect," he said. She's a very independent person who has not always sided with the mayor's she's worked with."
And a write-in campaign doesn't have to be difficult, Lindenfeld said. "There's a little bit of instruction involved, but it's not beyond the ability to organize," he said
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