Common Council President Darius Pridgen may have attended the Democratic convention, but he rarely had a good seat. In fact, convention whips moved his seat four different times to accommodate lobbyists, and other bigwig family members.
“Every night, I had the most horrible seats,” he said. “But because I was so kind in accommodating everyone else, when there was a good seat, they moved me to a good seat.”
What they didn’t realize is that the reason Pridgen was so accommodating to everyone else was his “bad seats” kept him closer to the exit.
“I have, every night, been one of the first to be back at the hotel,” he said.
He even ditched Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes one time, when she told him she wanted to wait for someone.
That fast-exit strategy paid off Wednesday night.
While other delegates and convention goers struggled through nightmarish transportation delays after President Obama’s speech Wednesday, Pridgen was back at the hotel and celebrating “Buffalo Night” at Con Murphy’s Irish Pub by 11:30 p.m. Other dignitaries didn’t make it until after 1 a.m.
“If I apply the skills I learned this week,” he said, “I will be able to get everything I want from the Black Friday ads.”