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Last night, I attended the opening of 2501 Pennsylvania Ave, a new condo building just west of Washington Circle. Right after I grabbed my flute of champagne, I heard a voice wafting through the crowd, saying that someone from Barack Obama‘s campaign was scoping out the building.
Today, I called Michele Topel, Vice President of Sales for Urban Pace, which is marketing the building. Well, there were two people working in connection with the campaign that were taking a peek at 2501Pennsylvania Ave, a 16-unit building, with listings ranging from $1.9 to $5 million.
One man, says Topel, has worked as a business adviser (he’s from St. Louis) for Obama’s campaign. Another man is working on Obama’s transition team, and he was merely checking out the condos for other future former out-of-towners that might be heading to D.C. if there’s an Obama administration. Topel refused to say names.
“I knew they were coming beforehand,” she says. “One of them was because of the networking of the developer [John Mason of Intrepid Real Estate]. He is very politically active. I mean here in D.C. people of a certain level, everyone knows someone political, so you just kind of have to work that network, if you will.”
Right, connections are important. But, I think these promotional materials (above) are also targeting future appointees on a subliminal level.