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Two of the most politically-connected women in the country announced thisweek they were teaming up as business management consultants under thebanner of “G & L Strategies.” And, they promised to operate as a “fullservice” firm that aspires to taking care of every imaginable work-placedilemma the plaintiffs’ bar has cooked up so far. Meet New York’s GeraldineFerraro, the defeated Democratic vice-presidential nominee who mostrecently lost her bid for the U.S. Senate in her home state. Also meetChicago’s Lynn Martin, the long-time congresswoman from Illinois andex-U.S. Labor Secretary under President George Bush. Ferraro and Martinexplained they have been serving together on the Chicago-based Sara LeeCorporation’s Frontrunner Awards committee for the past three years,occasionally having lunch together. Although Martin is not a lawyer likeFerraro, she is married to Chicago U.S. District Judge Harry D.Leinenweber. Ferraro, a life-long Democrat, and Martin, a life-longRepublican, readily conceded, they never would have dreamed of beingpartners just a few years ago. “Lynn helped prepare George Bush for histelevision debate with me,” she recalled. “By playing me!”

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