Condi Rice Gearing Up for Presidential Run?
The supposedly independent Americans for Dr. Rice and The National Black Republican Association share the same address. Down to same suite number. 601 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 900-S, Washington, DC 20004.
The office building houses several clients, notably the National Gallery of Art, The Capital Grille, the Credit Union National Association, and The Southern Company. If a Google search is any indication, though, the NBRA and Americans for Dr. Rice are the only tenants of that suite.
I placed a phone call to the NBRA and was told that the fact that they share office space was “just a coincidence.” I then called Americans for Dr. Rice and the same fellow answered the phone. When asked about that coincidence, he directed me to a voice mail box, with which I left a message.
Is this an indication that Rice is running? Not, necessarily. Indeed, it’s probably more likely that the same folks that set up NBRA, which appears to be a somewhat odd 527 PAC, simply bought up another website and started raising money through a second avenue.
Frankly, I can’t imagine Rice running in 2008. Her star, shall we say, is not at its apex at the moment. The 911 Commission investigation and the Iraq War have not exactly bolstered her reputation. Further, she’s hardly in a position to do much fund raising in her current position.