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Kerry Adviser's Work Imbued With a Legacy

After attending Yale and Boston College Law School, Frank worked for a Boston law firm. One day, at a Democratic fundraiser, he met Sen. Christopher J. Dodd (D-Conn.), who had known his father. Lowenstein recalled their conversation:

"So, Frank, what do you do?"


Frank Lowenstein was immersed in politics as the son of a civil rights leader. (Rich Lipski -- The Washington Post)

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Frank Lowenstein

Title: Director of national security policy, Democratic National Committee.

Education: Bachelor's degree, Yale; law degree, Boston College Law School.

Age: 37.

Family: Married; a daughter.

Career highlights: Associate, Hill & Barlow in Boston; legislative assistant for foreign policy and defense issues for then-Sen. Bob Kerrey (D-Neb.).

Pastimes: Boston Red Sox fan; tennis.

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"I'm selling big shopping centers in California."

Dodd laughed and said: "Man, your dad would be so ashamed of you."

Walking back to his law firm, Lowenstein decided to resign. In the spring of 2003, he volunteered for the Kerry campaign. His mother, Jenny Littlefield, a psychiatric social worker, said Frank laid out all of his clothes on the front lawn, consigning his law-firm suits to her basement for storage.

Suddenly without a source of income, he bunked at his uncle's house in Washington. He and Rand Beers, Kerry's national security adviser, worked with one other volunteer out of Beers's bedroom -- their desk in one corner, Beers's bed in the other.

Today, Lowenstein works for the Democratic National Committee and is advising the Kerry campaign. He is part of the nine-person foreign policy team at Kerry headquarters. A picture of a snarling Vice President Cheney decorates their cubicles, as does a photo of President Bush wearing a cowboy hat, captioned "YEE-HA is not a foreign policy."

Beers described Lowenstein as their "project manager." He specializes in issues relating to terrorism, nonproliferation, homeland security and intelligence reform. James P. Rubin, a senior campaign adviser, said Lowenstein stands out, because "often the most committed are also the most intense. Unlike some, Frank's cheerful."

Lowenstein said he thinks his father would be proud, although he is not following lock step in his footsteps: "My dad was all about human rights, but after 9/11, I don't always think human rights first. I think security."

He is driven by the desire to right a wrong, Lowenstein said; murder should not go unpunished.

"I thought we had to go get the bad guys," Lowenstein said, his father's passion in his eyes. "There's some element of vengeance."


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