WASHINGTON: The Gary Condit saga has made Marina Ein a household
Porter Novelli has received widespread notoriety for its work on behalf
of the Levy family. But don't expect Anne Marie Smith, the flight
attendant who was asked to deny her alleged affair with Condit, to be
hiring PR counsel anytime soon.
Smith's attorney Jim Robinson insisted he would be handling all Smith's
media relations himself, estimating the press inquiries at "about one
Asked by PRWeek if he would hire a special spokesperson for his client,
Robinson bristled, "I got approached by a PR guy last night, and all he
did was tick me off. That's what I think of PR guys."
Robinson also chastised Ein and Abbe Lowell, Condit's attorney, for
their handling of the California Congressman's situation. "I think
they're horrible, and I hope they keep doing what they're doing," he
said, suggesting that their maneuvering had made his own client a more
sympathetic figure in the public eye. "I'm not Abbe Lowell," he added.
"I don't have meetings with people in rooms and decide what today's
sales pitch will be."
Smith claims that she and Condit had a year-long relationship, though
the Congressman denied that claim in an interview with Connie Chung last
While not appointing PR help, Robinson has, however, enlisted the help
of conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch, a nonprofit law firm that
often uses public pressure and the media to encourage legal action
against elected officials, including former President Clinton.
Brian Doherty, director of media relations at Judicial Watch, called his
in-house PR staff "fairly extensive for a non-profit." The four-member
team was handling a number of media inquiries about Smith throughout the
week, though Doherty claimed Robinson would be in charge of media