WASHINGTON: Rep. Gary Condit (D-CA) and his staff maintained their
media silence last week in the face of snowballing reports romantically
linking the congressman with missing Washington intern Chandra Levy.
As the case of the missing 24-year-old entered its eighth week, all
press inquiries to Condit's office seeking comment not just on Levy, but
also on matters such as his home state's energy problems, went
unreturned. Meanwhile, the pressure to speak publicly has increased.
In a departure from its normally supportive stance toward the
congressman, The Modesto Bee, Condit's hometown paper, ran an editorial,
which said: "Condit would better serve his constituents by squarely
facing the public and its questions."
Levy's parents, meanwhile, continued their massive media campaign to
help find their daughter, who has not been seen since April 30. Handling
PR for the couple is The Carole Sund/Carrington Memorial Reward
Executive director Kim Peterson said that she and her assistant have
been coordinating the entire media campaign - an undertaking that has
yielded widespread national coverage over the past two months.
Peterson, a third-grade teacher with no media experience prior to
joining the group, said that no PR firms have come forward to help.
However, she said that she would consider all offers.