Charlotte may have been a circus, a hot stew of politics, punditry and freeze booze, but some productive work did get done. I broke two stories from the Convention for City & State, both about New York political stars looking to expand their national brands. The first was about an afternoon event I attended featuring New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who looks to build a national profile as she runs for Mayor. The second is about Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s splashy visit to the Iowa delegation, and important constituency to impress, depending on your ambitions.
I also made a cameo in Esquire, part of a night that was not nearly as bad as advertised.