Of all of the events taking place throughout the District on Wednesday night, one of the most elusive invitations in town remained a spot on the guest list to Purple Strategies
’ inaugural corporate bash.
Held inside the North Hall of the Capitol Hill neighborhood’s historic Eastern Market
, the crowded event was aptly dubbed the “Purple Party” and invited friends of the rapidly growing firm the chance to talk and network in a more relaxed environment than typical work schedules normally afford.
The product of a well-timed 2008 merger between two respected Republican (red) and Democratic (blue) firms – National Media and Issue & Image – Purple Strategies is committed to helping its clients navigate the volatile and sometimes hostile territory now inherent in today’s polarized political climate.
By leveraging such a uniquely balanced perspective on public affairs, it strives to turn day-to-day partisanship into what is essentially a competitive corporate advantage.
And as word spread throughout Washington over the past few weeks about Purple Strategies’ upcoming ‘2-1-12’ party, the event became a ‘must attend’ for many of the city’s political movers-and-shakers.
Given each of their storied career pasts, company founders Alex Castellanos
and Steve McMahon
were guaranteed a who’s who of supporters turning out to celebrate with them and last night surely didn’t disappoint.
Spotted milling about underneath the building’s vaulted ceilings were Senator John Thune
(R-SD), House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer
(D-MD), Senator Tom Coburn
(R-OK), Senator Mike Bennet
(D-CO), Senator Saxby Chambliss
(R-GA), former Michigan Governor Jim Blanchard
and Tom Boyd
(co-chairs of DLA Piper’s Government Affairs Practice Group), Congressman Fred Upton
(R-MI), former Delaware Governor and Congressman Mike Castle
, and Ambassador Tom Korologos
, former United States Ambassador to Belgium.
Such esteemed guests were in addition to Purple Strategies’ own Rob Collins
, Jim Jordan
, John Donovan
, Bruce Haynes
, Mark Squier
, Dick Keil
, Stephen Smith
, Tyler Boyd
, Sarah Hamlett
, Elizabeth Lauten
, and Joe Householder
, who all barely had a chance to enjoy the live musical performances of Buster Brown and the Get Down
amidst a never-ending sea of well-wishers and friends.
Purple politics? Perfect.