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October 7, 2008

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Late last week, we ditched the old fogies and joined over 200 young pros at The Real Estate Group's monthly meeting at the Park Hyatt, featuring MSNBC's Tucker Carlson. The networking organization limits new members to 40-and-under, and they must be invited by existing members.


Out of respect for the youthful ignorance of the group, we'll avoid archaic references to anything pre-1975, except to note that Tucker, Perseus's Lindsay Stroud, and club president Adam Walsh of Seyfarth look like a real estate Rat Pack. Tucker was unabashed about his right-wing tendencies, "I'm this close to moving to Idaho and stockpiling food and weapons," but still thinks it's Obama's election to lose. Quick trivia from Tucker: Can you name the last year a Republican ticket won without a Bush or Nixon on it? (Scroll to the bottom for answer.)


We stumbled upon royalty at this table: Three past Real Estate Group presidents in JLL's Arlene Dedier, Gensler's Gigi Webb, and Rand's Jon Couch. We assume leadership is contagious, so we'll call the women flanking Jon "future past presidents": Chase Communications' Julie Chase, and Monday Properties' Joy Kern. Arlene tells us JLL will complete the conversion of Hotel Washington to a W next summer. But before then, in November, she mustn't forget she's getting married in Costa Rica.


Columbia National's Kate Crosby with WRIT's Jordan Willis and Blake Michael. Jordan says they've just signed two leases for Dulles Station totaling over 150k SF (out of 180k) and closed an apartment deal, 374 units, at the Kenmore on Connecticut Ave. As you read this, Blake is just back from watching alma mater UNC dismantle UConn. He's psyched about the win but still calls football a "warm-up" for basketball season.


RTKL's Marisa Michnick, OPX's Caryn Bailey, and GGA's Tony Brannon. Tony says GGA has started repositioning 1522 K St with Mayfield Gentry. Construction begins in May. Marisa tried to tell us the biggest news was that RTKL sponsored the evening, but our journalistic judgment tells us her recent wedding is also kind of a big deal. (She's formerly Marisa Leshinsky for those of you keeping track at home.) A little bird tells us Caryn may soon change jobs and join a brokerage.


Northwestern's Tom Spragg, Northmarq's Matthew Clinebell, Donald Gibson and Arent Fox's Gene Tibbs. Tom says the foundation is in at Northwoods, a 350k SF industrial warehouse project near Dulles Airport. Keeping with the political theme for the night, Donald, who recently left JPI, mentioned to us he's available to be Treasury Secretary in the next administration; however, desiring that post, at this point in time, might just be grounds for disqualification.


At another event, 300 older folks who couldn't stay up for dinner, went fto lunch at the Capital Hilton with the tony Economic Club of Washington, led by billionaire Carlyle founder David Rubenstein, left, to hear commentators Paul Begala, Ken Duberstein, Mark Shields, and Fred Barnes. David on whether he would make a good Treasury Secretary: "Last time I was in the government, I got inflation up to 19%. So, probably not." Duberstein, a former Reagan chief of staff, said people should stop fretting about which candidate can take a 3am phone call. "It's the Chief of Staff who gets the call." Democrat Begala added: "Of course, McCain would already be up at 3am to go to the bathroom." [Editor's note: We only report, folks.]


Perseus Realty president Bob Cohen, DLA's Jay Epstien and Fred Klein, Tishman-Speyer's Brian Berry, Venable's Robert Gottlieb, and architect Shalom Baranes try out their own political roundtable. Something tells us not to hold our breath for Tom Brokaw to fill that empty seat.

Trivia Answer: First of all, thanks for scrolling down. We appreciate your following instructions. Seriously. You didn't have to do that. We're touched. As for the answer: It's 1928.


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