Winless Bob Shrum, Looking To Score in Real Estate
Tuesday, February 1, 2005
Movin' On Up: Just over a year ago, Democratic strategist
If they get it, that would seem like a tidy profit -- which, as one wag in the local real estate biz noted, "makes up for the stunning loss in the presidential race, I guess." (Shrum advised
"Everything is beautiful," she said. "I spent an entire year redoing the house. . . . This house was done to be the perfect house for the Kerry administration."
The power couple are moving to New York, where Shrum, a political fixture here for three decades, will teach and write as a fellow at New York University. He leaves behind an 0-8 record on presidential campaigns, with better luck in statewide races, and plans to write a book.
Oates, a onetime society columnist and veteran of real estate transactions, said they'll be renting in Chelsea. "I'd have to make a lot more money on this house to buy an apartment in New York," she told us. "Have you looked at New York prices? They're breathtaking."
Hanky-Panky and Hankie-Panky: The Quiz Seven deadly sins on Capitol Hill? We're shocked. But not
"Envy: Which senator once had a dimmer switch in their secret hideaway?"
"Sloth: Which current congressman uses the term 'Great Americans' as a codeword to ask his staff if the person he's speaking to is a big donor?"
(Hint: The alleged panties-wielding senator is a southern Democrat, now retired, but we don't want to give everything away. )
Meltzer's fifth novel is a thriller about two Hill aides who run a betting game about Congress; one of them turns up dead. "Since the book came out I've had staffers contact me and tell me about their own betting scheme in Congress," Meltzer, 34, told us yesterday from his home in South Florida. "Everyone keeps saying, 'You didn't make up anything -- we've been doing that for years!' "
As for the "Great Americans" code, Meltzer got that from a current congressional aide. "I said, 'Is your boss going to be mad when he reads it?' And the staffer says, 'He doesn't read anything, don't worry!' "
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