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The One Percent

Posted on | April 11, 2014 | 15 Comments

Matthew Continetti recounts the luxurious lifestyle of two top liberal lobbyists in Washington whose marriage went kaput:

The stories begin in the fall of 2001. She was in her early thirties, working at a trade association, and on the rebound. Her second marriage had just ended. A friend, Dorothy Robyn, a Democratic policy wonk, suggested she meet Tony Podesta. Tony was decades older than she, and had been married once before, but he was young at heart. He took her to the opera for their first date. On the way, the story goes, they stopped by one of his homes to pick up a car. She noticed his art collection. “I don’t know why it is,” Tony said, “but I have artworks where the women have no heads.” The next day she sent him a note. It was signed, “Woman with a head.”
The woman with a head was Heather Miller, and soon she and Tony were in love. They moved in together. When they married, in April of 2003, Tony was 59, and Heather was 33. Nancy Pelosi witnessed their vows, as did Patrick Leahy, and Ed Markey, and Bill Richardson, and countless other Democratic bigwigs. According to the Post, which has chronicled the ups and downs of the Podestas’ relationships and careers, the noted D.C. chefs and restaurateurs Roberto Donna and Kaz Okuchi “personally cooked for the guests.” This was no ordinary wedding.
And Tony Podesta was no ordinary man. A longtime Democratic aide, a counselor to Teddy Kennedy, Tony had been one of the capital’s most powerful lobbyists for some time. As his lawyers would later put it, “‘Podesta’ was a widely recognized and well-respected name in the lobbying industry at the time of the marriage.” The lobbying firm he had established in 1987 was powerfully connected. His younger brother, John, was President Clinton’s chief of staff. Tony Podesta owned art and wine and real estate in Italy, in Australia, in northern Virginia, and in D.C. He was a major Democratic donor, a force to be reckoned with, and a cut-up, a character who wore loud neckties and red Prada shoes. . . .

Read the whole thing. The swinish Podestas are suing each other and waging a tacky P.R. battle via strategic media leaks.



15 Responses to “The One Percent”

  1. M. Thompson
    April 11th, 2014 @ 3:25 pm

    It’s a shame it can’t happen to more of their ilk.

  2. M. Thompson
    April 11th, 2014 @ 3:25 pm

    It’s a shame it can’t happen to more of their ilk.

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  4. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    April 11th, 2014 @ 3:35 pm
  5. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    April 11th, 2014 @ 3:38 pm

    I keep seeing visions of “furniture” from Soylent Green.

  6. Anamika
    April 11th, 2014 @ 3:39 pm

    Let’s just write of lovely feelings
    and share them with each other.
    But if another shares what we share,
    we can sue them and bask in the bliss
    of lovely cash and vengeance, too!

  7. Finrod Felagund
    April 11th, 2014 @ 3:40 pm

    The phrase “just desserts” comes to mind.

  8. AMartel
    April 11th, 2014 @ 3:54 pm

    Cage match. Winner takes all.
    Just a suggestion.

  9. Quartermaster
    April 11th, 2014 @ 4:02 pm

    They aren’t Swinish, they are swine.

  10. Garym
    April 11th, 2014 @ 4:45 pm

    May they both burn in hell for stealing tax payer money to help pay for their personal projects. There are filthy people like this on both sides, however the LSM only reports on one side.
    I wonder why?

  11. AMartel
    April 11th, 2014 @ 6:02 pm

    Hogs at the trough.
    Winter is coming!

  12. Art Deco
    April 11th, 2014 @ 6:04 pm

    Pure influence peddlers. In a well-ordered political economy, you do not make your pile this way. Reminds you of Robert Strauss, bar that Strauss and his wife had one marriage between them instead of four and spent most of their lives in Texas.

  13. Bob Belvedere
    April 11th, 2014 @ 7:20 pm

    The banal side of Evil exposed.

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