June 28, 2008 / Brooklyn news / Politics / The Politicrasher

No doubt about it — rum helps pols make a splash

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Would-be City Councilwoman Jo Anne Simon kept her first promise of the long campaign: She promised us a free mojito — and she delivered.

The place: Coco Roco on Smith Street. The time: Tuesday night. The event: A fundraiser for Simon’s run to succeed Councilman David Yassky (D–Brooklyn Heights). The problem: Distinguishing yourself from at least five other declared candidates in an election that isn’t even until 2009 for a district that sprawls from Greenpoint to Park Slope.

The solution: Mojitos!

The mint-and-greet event was particularly ironic, given Simon’s strict soft-drink status.

“Jo Anne is the cheapest date in Brooklyn,” said her cheerleading spouse, Bill Harris, who enjoyed one of the rum-and-mint coolers as he worked the room (mostly, it must be said, talking about the new traffic pattern at Tillary and Adams streets, not his wife’s candidacy — but it’s early yet!).

In her formal remarks, Simon, a local district leader, touted her hard work for the community (more on that when it’s time to start covering the race for real — like in June, 2009!). And in her informal remarks, she begged us not to print a picture of her husband holding a mojito.

OK, so we put it online!

Wherever there is a smoke-filled backroom or a smoke-free barroom, The Brooklyn Paper’s Politicrasher will be there, bringing you the inside dope on our next generation of leaders. Got a hot tip for the Politicrasher? E-mail
Updated 5:07 pm, July 9, 2018
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