Monday, June 30, 2008

Kathy Sloane

One the highest grossing private residential real estate brokers in Manhattan (with sales in 2007 in the nine figures), Pittsburgh born and bred Kathy Sloane comes to her position from a fascinating path participating in state and national politics that includes an adult-lifelong relationship with Bill and Hillary Clinton.

Kathy Sloane
Mrs. Sloane’s husband, Harvey, a physician by training, twice served as Mayor of Louisville, Kentucky (in the 1970s and 1980s), later ran twice for Governor of that state, narrowly losing each time, and also ran for Senate, losing to the present Senator Mitch McConnell. Harvey Sloane is now active internationally in public health projects (he once served as the public health commissioner of the District of Columbia).

After Harvey Sloane quit elected politics, his very supportive and plucky wife decided to find away to make some money for the family after almost three decades of public service, and so exploiting her connections, she came to New York and became a real estate broker.

The Clinton connection dates back to the days when the Clintons were in Little Rock and the Sloanes were in Louisville, contemporaries with common political goals. They remained big supporters of the Clintons throughout the 90s and into the 2000s when Hillary Clinton ran for U.S. Senate from New York.

When Chelsea Clinton finished school and planned to come to New York to live and work, it was Kathy Sloane, working very closely with Chelsea’s mother, who found the apartment.
In the labyrinthine world of national politics, it is impossible for a writer such as I to determine if the Clinton connection remains strong. I know that Mrs. Sloane has always been an active backer of Mrs. Clinton but has often been in close communication with the senator as a friend. The length and frequency of their friendship reaffirms the fact that Mrs. Clinton maintains several longtime loyal friendships. Long time and loyalty are terms and words often foreign to the worlds of politics and business. Their value is often overlooked because they are rare.

In the meantime, Mrs. Sloane like her friend the Senator, is a tireless worker in her business as well as in other interests having to do with her husband and their children.