Thursday, August 24, 2006

From Loose Lips on Strauss and Goulet

Some candidates in the crowded Ward 3 contest might be concerned about a little-known candidate getting an unexpected boost from top D.C. business groups. But Eric Goulet’s endorsement by the D.C. Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Washington Board of Trade isn’t creating much fear. He wasn’t even mentioned in the Post editorial backing law professor Mary Cheh.

Besides, everyone in the race figures Goulet’s old boss, Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans, had the business-group endorsement wired anyway.

But Goulet received much bigger recognition this week than the business groups could have delivered: One of the presumed leaders in the race—Paul Strauss—tried to take Goulet down a notch. “He’s a good committee clerk,” Strauss quipped about the former Committee on Finance and Revenue staffer. “If I win, I would love to hire Eric if Jack doesn’t take him back.”

Goulet is amused by the Strauss dig. “I don’t know if Paul would make my staff,” he says. “I’d have to think about it.”

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