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  • Article is a report on the political background and future of Constance B. (Connie) Newman, who served as undersecretary of the Smithsonian Institution. Newman is a Republican who may come to run Washington, D.C., which is viewed by the author as the most Democratic of all cities. A member of the D.C. Control Board at the time the article was written, Newman is viewed as a shrewd political operator vying for the position of Chairman of the Board by waging a quiet campaign against others who are likely opponents for the job. Newman is known for unparalleled political skills developed while serving three presidential administrations in high posts at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Vista, Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the federal Office of Personnel Management.
  • She is a member of the Brookings Institution's Board of Directors, and maintains close ties to the African-American liberal community. Newman's behind-the-scenes maneuvering disturbs some critics, but she is adept at using her talents to advance her own political agenda.


  • Newman, Constance Berry
  • Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- )
  • United States Congress D.C. Financial Responsibility and Management Assistance Authority
  • Undersecretary


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Washington City Paper [Newspaper]

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


April 10, 1998


  • Politicians
  • Government executives
  • African Americans


Washington (D.C.)

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Section: The District Line, pages 11 - 12

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