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Republican Craigslister Changes Tactics, Now Using Subliminal Messaging

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In June this Craigslist listing made the rounds since it was posted by a prominent young Republican who touted both its rent-controlled status and proximity to Senator John Kerry's house—both things that would appeal to liberals. An anonymous tipster wrote in to let us know it has reappeared with almost the exact same text, except for all the paragraphs that highlighted its liberal perks.

The poster has also used another marketing approach by lowering the price, at least temporarily. That means the same room has come down by fifty dollars per month—so now it is $1,025—but the landlord reserves the right to raise it back up to the previous $1,075 rate at any time. Must be the new generation of rent-control! Besides peppering the ad with frequent mentions of the political leanings of the current housemates there's also a new picture with a discreet nod to the GOP mascot. Read the full ad after the break.

- The house: Beautiful three level historic row house in the heart of Georgetown (33rd and O Sts NW). First floor has high ceilings with gorgeous wood trim and molding recently painted in Restoration Hardware colors. First floor has x-large living room with furniture and flat screen. Usually 1+ person is home watching a sports game or TV shows at night. Great outside back patio with grill. Historic luxury residential block of Georgetown.

-The third-floor housemate (who this room would be sharing the floor and bath ) is in early 30's young professional female from the Midwest who has lived in the house for over 3 years. Involved in DC young politically conservatvie organizations and McLean Bible Church. Clean, quiet, very respectful of the home and travels 1-2 weeks. Second floor housemates: one early 30's medical sales, friendly Midwestern man. One 20's west coast young republican professional woman.

_Utilities -- Not included in rent. Additionally approx. $130-$200 a month per person for Washington Gas, Electricity, Water, Trash, Wi-Fi, Comcast Cable/HBO/On Demand and $28 a month for monthly cleaner.

- Commonsense rules- Clean up after yourself, maturity, don't leave dishes in the sink, let other housemates know of guests, pay utilities on time. New housemate will have trash duty to put out T &F's every other month. New housemate will have to put Comcast in their name while at the house. No pets, no smoking in the house, no drugs or usage.

-The rent: This is a great deal in a shared house. Rent is $1,025 per person. Landlord has right to increase to $1,075 anytime. Room size varies and based on sonority in house. This is for the smallest room in house (still a good size room). Amazing opportunity for best candidate. Property is under management of Chatel Real Estate. $50 finance check and $100 application fees. Security deposit is $1,025. Need someone who can make a minimum of ONE year commitment. NO SHORT TERM APPLICANTS WILL BE CONSIDERED. PLEASE DON'T ASK.

-Transportation: Right outside our front door is a bus stop which takes you straight to Dupont Circle metro. 3 blocks down is the DC Circulator bus which takes you all over the city for only $1. It is a 12-15 min walk to the Foggy Bottom metro. Also, the street is one way which means there is almost always parking right outside, all you need is a zone 2 tag.

-Room: 10-12 ft ceilings in a nice quiet sunlit 3rd floor room. Overlooks the back patio trees. Two large windows to fill the room with light. Built in additional shelving and closets. Built in desk. Wood floors. Ceiling fan. Cute room. Queen bed fits fine.

*Need approved candidate to have security deposit and all approved forms at Chatel Real Estate by Nov. 1st. 30 days before mov3 in date on Dec 1st.
Please email us about yourself and typical use/expectations of the home (guests, noise, cleanliness, financial responsibility, lease length commitment and social) mutual fit is very important. Feel free to send a resume. Time is of the essence.

Thank you! Happy house hunting :)

· $1025 Georgetown luxury row house room. Apply by Nov 1st. Move in Dec 1st (Georgetown (33rd & O)) [Craigslist]
· Republican Uses Democrat As Selling Point While Also Supporting Rent Control [CDC]