Unspun: D.C. Republican Committee executive director Paul D. Craney

(Bill O'Leary)
Sunday, October 11, 2009

Name: Paul D. Craney Age 28

Home: McLean Gardens, Washington

Occupation : Executive director, D.C. Republican Committee

If you had all the money in the world, what would you buy?

A vacation home on Plum Island, Mass.

BlackBerry or iPhone?


Tell us about your biggest goof.

I'm married now, and I have a wife, and before we were dating, I almost set her up with a blind date with some of my friends.

How do you get to work?

I drive my car to Cleveland Park Metro stop, and then I Metro it downtown.

What's your guilty food indulgence?

In the summertime, anything on the grill. In the wintertime, anything my wife bakes.

Which issue do you care about the most?

Good government issues in D.C.: taxes, spending, transparency, school reform and crime.

Where do you go to dine out?

Mostly in Cleveland Park.

How do you relax?

Go to Jersey shore or Plum Island Massachusetts.

What do you like best about your neighborhood?

It's a good mix of urban and residential.

If you weren't in politics, what would you want to be doing?

Working in the sports industry.

What's atop your reading pile?

I've read "Dream City," and I've just read [the] "Soprano State," and now I want to read "Republican Leader."

What's your favorite material possession?

When I have them, Red Sox tickets.

Have you ever voted for a Democrat?


Do you read the print or Web version of the newspaper?


What's on your MP3 player?

The Killers or Bloc Party.

Do you want to retire in a city, a beach or the country?

The beach.

What was your favorite game or activity as a kid?

Soccer. I've played since I could run.

Where was your last vacation?

Martha's Vineyard for my honeymoon (June 2008).

What's your favorite lunch spot?

Cosi. No, can I take that back? Brennans Delicatessen in Rumson, N.J.

If you could live in any neighborhood in the Washington region, where would you live?

Where I live now, McLean Gardens.

Name your greatest wish.

To give voters of the District a choice on the ballot in the general election.

Do you ever feel lonely living in such an overwhelmingly Democratic city?

I get that all the time, but, no, because we are 30,000 strong.

Which would you rather be: president, a big-city mayor, governor, senator or House member?

A senator. Because then you would be one of a hundred.

-- Interview by Tim Craig

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