When Frank McCourt was in his prime as the owner of the Dodgers and poobah of the Los Angeles Marathon, his liaison to official Los Angeles was longtime advocacy and public affairs rep Howard Sunkin. That all ended shortly after McCourt vacated the premises (in a hurry) at Dodger Stadium. Now Sunkin has gone back into the political-lobbying sector in partnership with City Hall lobbyist John Ek. Here's the email going around from Sunkin — it includes a personal plug for McCourt.
From: Howard Sunkin
Subject: New day and an old beginning
I apologize for the mass e-mail, but in this day and age it’s the best way to reach friends, business associates, and family.
It is with a great sense of pride and professional happiness that I send this note.
Officially today, I am back in the public affairs, legislative advocacy, and political strategy business as a consultant. My new firm is Ek & Sunkin, and I am very proud to be joining with my long-time friend and outstanding lobbyist John Ek on this adventure. We make a great team.
Its really hard to believe that this is my 30th year in the industry, and I am incredibly excited.
I have been a very lucky man professionally to tutor under the greatest political advisor, Joe Cerrell who shaped so many young people into outstanding public servants and public affairs experts. Additionally, to work with one of the most intelligent and capable businessmen, Frank McCourt over the last 10 years was an awesome learning experience and one that has prepared me like no other.
I am energized, happy and really excited to re-connect with so many friends and clients.
Look forward to seeing and working with many of you real soon.
The Ek & Sunkin nameplate hangs at 1201 W. 5th Street.