Safeway Sighting: Tom Daschle meets D.C. Democrats
The campaign of At-large D.C. Council candidate Jacques Patterson got a boost Sunday when former Senate Majority Leader and Foxhall resident Tom Daschle stopped to talk with campaign director Asher Corson as he collected signatures to get Patterson on the ballot in the Social Safeway.
Patterson is running for the seat to be vacated by Council Chairman-elect Kwame Brown. Corson, who worked as Ward 2 coordinator for Brown's successful campaign, also serves as president of the Foggy Bottom Association and as an ANC 2A Commissioner.
Patterson is an Air Force veteran employed by the Federal City Council, a business group. He also leads the Ward 8 Democrats and ran unsuccessfully to unseat Marion Barry as the ward Councilmember there.
"I've met just about every politician in town," said Corson. "I see in Jacques an opportunity to raise the caliber of the D.C. Council."
One resident who signed the petition to put Patterson on the ballot was Lansing Freeman of Glover Park, a teacher at Blair High School in Montgomery County who leads the AP Government class. A graduate of St. Andrews, Freeman is the faculty sponsor for the school's Young Democrats. As one is wont to do at the aptly-named store, he ran into childhood friend Molly Knopf.
But not all Democratic leaders shop at the high-end Social Safeway. Daschle's chat with the Patterson campaign followed a similar encounter by the campaign with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid at Trader Joe's over the weekend.
Democratic leaders "are shopping at our stores," Corson noted.