Kwame Jackson Promotes Fenty

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By David Nakamura and V. Dion Haynes
Washington Post Staff Writers
Thursday, October 19, 2006

Adrian M. Fenty has the masses. Now he has the glitterati.

Well, at least the D.C. Democratic mayoral nominee had reality TV star Kwame Jackson , who turned up at a Monday night fundraiser for Fenty at the New York Athletic Club.

Jackson, who finished second on the first season of Donald Trump's "The Apprentice," was among about two dozen New York-area Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity brothers who staged the event for their D.C. counterpart.

The two met through a fraternity brother who lives near Fenty in Crestwood and introduced them more than a year ago when Fenty's campaign for mayor was just gearing up.

"The fundamental theme of Kappa Alpha Psi is achievement," said Jackson, who was born in the District and whose parents attended Howard University. "I saw Adrian doing great things and saw so many of my fraternity brothers supporting him that I got pulled in."

In fact, this was the third Fenty event for Jackson, who even helped work a polling booth in Adams Morgan during September's primary.

Jackson is riding high with his own success after "The Apprentice," promoting his Kwame Inc. branding company, for which he gives motivational speeches and works in television and movies. He also has a small development company, Legacy Holdings, and says he recently bought his first property, in Harlem.

We might see more of him in the District, too, because he says he's dabbling in the city's development market.

Free Snacks

New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg (R) is known for putting out free snacks for his employees. He does it in the "bullpen," his vast, trading-floor-style office at City Hall in New York City and he does it at his financial news service.

When Fenty saw the bagels, apples and fruit drinks laid out on the side of the room during a bullpen tour, he did a double take.

"He said, 'Look at that! If we put out free snacks, people would never have to leave work,' " said one bystander who overheard Fenty.

That, according to Bloomberg staff members, is the not-so-secret motive behind the snacks. For Fenty, who is planning to knock down some temporary walls on the third floor of the John A. Wilson Building to create his own bullpen, the food trick may be yet another Bloomberg idea he imports to the District -- assuming he wins.


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