Rich Galen

  • The group which ultimately got to pay $450 million for team is headed by a local developer, Ted Lerner. Lerner's group, it was felt, did not have enough minority partners which was a big deal to two members of the Washington, DC city council, Marion Barry (convicted on, and jailed for, a crack-cocaine charge while Mayor) and another guy Vincent B. (Agent) Orange.

  • The Lerners added African-American members to their bidding team but that's not what got my attention. What did, was the reporting that Ted Lerner's sons-in-law, Robert Tannenbaum and Edward Cohen, would help in the management of the team.

  • When I was growing up, guys named Tannenbaum and Cohen were the minorities.

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  • I was in a parking garage Wednesday afternoon when an Associated Press reporter, Nedra Pickler called to ask me about something President Bush had said about his brother, Jeb who happens to be the Governor of Florida:
    "I would like to see Jeb run [for President] at some point in time, but I have no idea if that's his intention or not."

  • Ms. Pickler asked me what I thought, so I leaned on the railing of the parking garage and mused about it, including this insight:
    "Galen points out, Jeb Bush has dealt with a lot of high-profile issues including hurricanes, immigration and sprawling development in one of the most important political states."

  • My Blackberry started buzzing with "Google Alerts" about 30 minutes later as Ms. Pickler's piece hit the wires.

  • As of yesterday afternoon there were about 116 citations quoting me on websites from China to South Africa to Florida.

  • You probably don't have a "Google Alert" on yourself as I do. I could tell you that I have an alert set on "Rich Galen" for exactly this circumstance. I have to be certain I was quoted in context, the quote was faithfully reported, and like that.

  • The real reason is: I have an ego the size of Saskatchewan.

  • On a the Secret Decoder Ring page today: Links to all the newspaper stories noted above, Bosco, how I arrived at that last line, a Mullfoto of a dreadful new product from Coca Cola, and a Catchy Caption of the Day.

  • Rich Galen

    Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at