- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Last week G2 reported that D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty‘s office had offered Howard Frampton tickets to, first, a baseball game, then, weeks later, a hockey game in response to the constituent’s concern about the impact prolonged construction’s along the H Street Northeast corridor was having on his business, Taste of Jamaica.

As if on cue, a representative from Mayor Fenty’s office stopped by the H Street eatery Wednesday afternoon with an offer of soccer tickets.

“We don’t think [the latest offer] is relevant at this time,” Mr. Frampton told G2 in response. “We need help.”

Sounding rather frustrated, Mr. Frampton added, “Even having us cater lunch at the mayor’s office would be more helpful than giving us tickets to a game.”

He promises to let us know if the mayor’s office calls back with free Redskins tickets.

Oops — almost forgot — you can’t give those away!

While we’re on the topic of the mayor, his wife, Michelle, was the keynote speaker on Monday at the 7th anniversary Dress for Success Celebration luncheon at the W Hotel across from the White House. The not-for-profit provides unemployed women with professional clothing for job interviews. Former D.C. mayor, current Council member and scandal magnet, Marion Barry, was also in attendance.

Musical chairs

He’s not officially out until next fall, but speculation about outgoing Motion Picture Association of America head Dan Glickman‘s replacement is already rampant.

As first reported in Politico by Anne Schroeder Mullins, Mr. Glickman said Sunday that he is stepping down in September, 2010 to pursue opportunities in the nonprofit sector or academia, although some are speculating that he may run for public office in his home state of Kansas.

In 2004, Mr. Glickman, who served as secretary of Agriculture in the Clinton administration, replaced the longtime MPAA president Jack Valenti, the larger than life former Lyndon Johnson lieutenant who was LBJ’s unofficial emissary to Hollywood during the 1960s.

Robin Bronk, the executive director of the arts advocacy group the Creative Coalition, told G2 that, like the late Mr. Valenti, Mr. Glickman was a “mentor” to her and is a respected figure in the entertainment industry.

“He’s got one of the most strategic and analytical minds, and it’s a tribute to him that he was appointed during one of the most challenging times for the movie industry in the middle of a Republican administration,” she said.

Ms. Bronk says she would like to see her friend Hilary Rosen, the former chief executive of the Recording Industry Association of America, replace Mr. Glickman and that she will be calling Ms. Rosen to “force her out of her fake retirement.”

Ms. Rosen is now a managing partner of a public relations firm, The Brunswick Group, and a frequent contributor on cable television.

Ms. Rosen did not return G2’s e-mails or phone calls.

To contact Stephanie Green or Elizabeth Glover, e-mail undercover@washingtontimes.com.

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