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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Andrew Cuomo, DFER, Ravenel Boykin Curry IV and the Yummy Mummies

by guest blogger, Fred Klonsky

Celery Kemble
New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo attended an early morning meeting with some big money hedge fund managers last month. Nothing unusual about that. Politicians and the one percent share coffee and a donut all the time, I bet. 

This one was at the Regency Hotel in Manhattan. A popular spot for “power breakfasts,” says the New York Times. I’m not sure what a power breakfast is. Maybe it’s a Dunkin’ Donut coffee and one of those high protein bars.

Anyway, the breakfast was sponsored by Democrats for Education Reform. DFER is one of those corporate education reform groups. Some California Democrats recently demanded that they take Democrat off their name because their education program sounded too much like Republicans.

I’m not sure they can make a case for that given what has come out of the mouths of many Democrats these days. But then I live in Rahm’s Chicago, the town that gave the world Arne Duncan. And his boss gave us Rahm. 

According to the Times the power breakfast included the founders of hedge funds like Anchorage Capital Partners, with $8 billion under management; Greenlight Capital, with $6.8 billion; and Pershing Square Capital Management, with $5.5 billion.

The purpose of the meeting was to, according to the Times, create a friendlier climate for charter schools. Friendlier climate? Any friendlier and they will have to wear protection.

One of those attending was our old friend, Ravenel Boykin Curry IV. Ravenel is a partner in Eagle Capital Management. He explained his presence at the meeting to the Times:
(Said) Curry, a partner in Eagle Capital Management, who attended the breakfast with Mr. Cuomo, “A lot of hedge fund and finance people in New York had decided state politics was too dirty and focused on their philanthropy.” Mr. Curry, a founder of two Girls Prep charter schools in New York City, added, “I think there’s an awakening now that we can be a force in Albany, but we’ve got to play a tougher game than before.”
Oooh. A tougher game. You rascal!

Speaking of rascals, have you met Celerie Kemble. Celerie Kemble aren’t hors d’oeuvres, or horse doovers as we used to say at our fancy-shmancy parties. That’s Revenel’s wife’s name. And their child, “Rascal” Ravenel Boykin Curry V.

Anyway, Celerie was featured at few years back in Harper’s Bazaar.

As a Yummy Mummy.

Seriously.

Harpers Bazaar wanted the answer to the burning question we all want to know the answer to: From breast-feeding to Bungalow 8, how do these glamorous Manhattan moms juggle careers, babies, and beauty yet still find time to party? 
On Halloween night, dressed in a tacky costume, Kemble had never felt sexier. “I felt hot and young and so excited to go out in a way I hadn’t before,” she says with the fervor of a college coed. “After a whole year of not feeling cute and charming, it was like I’d just been let out of jail. I was so happy to have my body back.” Kemble has realized that being “back to normal” after a pregnancy actually feels better than normal. In fact, being a mom has made her appreciate her figure and want to show it off. “It’s the new risqué,” she says.
It’s enough to make me throw up my power breakfast.

Cross-posted from Fred Klonsky's blog.

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