Just last Thursday, Dallas Morning News City Hall co-reporter Dave Levinthal said his official adios: Sooner than later, he wrote, he'd be leaving Dallas for Washington, D.C., where his fiancée is taking a position at the National Institute of Health. "No good-byes, thank-yous or anything of the sort now," Dave wrote, "particularly since I'm not planning to leave for a while." Only, well ...
Levinthal tells Unfair Park that he's actually leaving the paper on July 3 to take the communications director position at the Center for Responsive Politics, where he'll oversee a handful of reporters, as well as edit and contribute to the Capital Eye Blog; he says he will also serve as the nonprofit watchdog's spokesman.
"It came about pretty quickly," Levinthal says. "Especially in this job market, I am pretty lucky. ... It's a great opportunity to go to Washington and hit the ground running with something I care about as much as campaign finance issues."
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The paper hasn't said yet whether it will replace Levinthal, but for now Rudy Bush will have to cover City Hall all by his lonesome -- the very definition of a long, hot summer as the city wrestles with an ever-expanding budget deficit.
"It's going to be really sad to leave Dallas, especially since it's one of the best beats a guy could work, Dallas City Hall, and I've sure had an absolute blast doing this the last six years," Levinthal says. "But I'm a landowner, so I suspect I will be visiting" frequently.
Speaking of, anyone interested in renting out a condo in the Cedars should let Dave know: "It's a real cool place ... big loft, huge windows, great view of downtown."
Geez, first Kent Fischer. Now Dave.