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Keith Andrew Perry, whose resume includes working as an aide to former Mayor Sharon Pratt and as chief of staff to Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry and Council Chairman Kwame Brown, has started a new political action committee he hopes will become a major player in District politics.
Perry’s PAC, called Northeast Leadership Consortium, was born Monday (at least according to the Office of Campaign Finance). Its goal, says Perry, will be to return the “levers of power to average people” and to weigh in on “races where we think we can make a difference.”
Perry says his group will be supportive of the kind of candidates who are opposed to Michelle Rhee-type education reform and can speak to ways to reverse the District’s loss of its “long standing culture and economic diversity.” In other words, myopic little twits need not apply. Perry says he expects the PAC to participate in the “full range” of legally acceptable PAC behavior, including opposing candidates who don’t share those views.
As for the cash, Perry, who ran unsuccessfully a decade ago against former Ward 6 Councilmember Sharon Ambrose, says there’s no millionaire mystery backer behind the PAC and he’ll be looking to the common man/woman for donations. That’s a break from the PACs that tend to have an effect in District politics, like the parking lobby’s Bud’s PAC, and the anti-Adrian Fenty Coalition for a Better District of Columbia PAC that developer Don Peebles put $98,671.49 into.
Perry says an announcement about what other boldface names will be involved in the PAC is forthcoming. More relevant will be the March 31 financial disclosure form, which should indicate the level of influence this PAC will or won’t have.