NEW YORK: Al Sharpton might not be seen as a man who needs a great deal of assistance with communication, but he turned to Hill & Knowlton SVP and senior counselor Jonathan Capehart for strategic advice on his recent trip to meet Mexican president Vicente
Fox's remark last month that Mexican emigrants to the US do jobs that "not even blacks want to do" spurred Sharpton to travel to Mexico to demand an apology.
Capehart said Sharpton, whom he has known for more than a decade, invited him to come along on the trip.
"He's his own best strategic counselor and media adviser," Capehart said, "[but leaders] have someone ... who can see things from a different vantage point that helps the principal not get lost in the thicket."
Fox has raised the possibility of returning Sharpton's favor by paying a visit to Harlem when he comes to New York in September. Capehart said that he hopes Sharpton will retain him again to advise in anticipation of that trip.
Capehart, a former journalist and editor at the New York Daily News, has been working at H&K since January. He originally met Sharpton while working as a reporter.