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A Walking Tour of Republican Old Town

Old Town Alexandria. Photograph by Flickr user Joe.

Though its local officials are mostly Democrats and Alexandria voted overwhelmingly for Barack Obama, Old Town boasts an impressive concentration of right-leaning strategists and media. Here’s a sampling:

Center for Individual Freedom

815 King Street

The policy-advocacy org is on a mission to “protect and defend” the Constitution.

Independent Journal Review

108 South Washington Street

The political-news site, founded by former Republican Party staffers, cosponsored a GOP presidential debate in February.


203 South Union Street

A PR and literary agency launched in 2011 by two former aides to Donald Rumsfeld.


705 Prince Street

An ad agency that reps Republican campaigns, including Rick Perry’s 2012 presidential bid.

Shirley & Banister

112 South Patrick Street

Clients of the public-affairs strategy firm include the Tea Party Patriots and Citizens United.

60 Plus Association

515 King Street

An advocacy group focused on “a free enterprise, less government, less taxes approach to senior issues.”

Trump Headquarters

675 North Washington Street

The Washington Post reports that Donald Trump has quietly made this building his local campaign HQ.

This article appears in our June 2016 issue of Washingtonian.

Contributing Editor

Amanda has contributed to Washingtonian since 2016. She has written about the right-wing media personality Britt McHenry, chronicled her night with Stormy Daniels, and come clean about owning too much stuff. She lives on H Street. She can be reached at [email protected].