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1/29/2005

Dayton Consultant Likely Suicide

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Newsday (New York)

January 29, 2005 Saturday CITY EDITION

Political consultant found dead; suicide eyed
BY DAN JANISON AND ROCCO PARASCANDOLA. STAFF WRITERS

A longtime political consultant who worked on many Democratic campaigns in New York and elsewhere was found dead Thursday night in his Manhattan apartment, an apparent suicide, police said Friday.

The body of Phil Friedman, 50, was discovered in his Jane Street residence in Greenwich Village by a building superintendent, police said.

Police said pills were found and there was a note left on a desk beside the bed. Friends said Friedman had been struggling with depression for many years.

Friedman was associated in the 1970s with the firm of the well-known consultant David Garth, former colleagues said.

John LoCicero, a friend and ally of former Mayor Edward I. Koch, recalled working with Friedman in Koch's successful 1977 campaign and considered him "brilliant."

"Over the years we'd see each other from time to time. He was just a fun kind of guy," LoCicero said.

Later, Friedman was deeply involved in the unsuccessful campaigns of City Council President Andrew Stein for mayor and John Dyson for U.S. Senate. Friedman was involved in other Senate campaigns out of state.

On Friday, news of his death shocked staffers in the office of Sen. Mark Dayton (D-Minn.), in whose campaign he most recently was involved.

He also assisted in the campaign of Sen. Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia, ex-colleagues said, and was friendly with people in Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's circle.


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