Virginia’s Chinese Wall

The bright line between political campaigns and public offices is one of the sacred fictions of American politics, and so Fields‘ communications director, Kirsten Powers, probably didn’t mean for this email — apparently directed to Borough President’s office aide Dan Willson — to wind up in reporters’ inboxes:

this is how i would do it.

C. VIRGINIA FIELDS HOSTS SECOND MEETING OF ANTI-HATE CRIMES INITIATIVE

WHO: C. Virginia Fields with faith and community leaders

WHEN: Wednesday, August 17. Press availability immediately after meeting at approximately 10:30am

WHAT: Meeting to discuss next steps in developing plan to fight hate crimes

WHERE: Manhattan Borough President’s office

CONTACT: Dan Willson, 212-669-3539

Not that anybody would think to introduce politics into an issue as sensitive as hate crimes.