Bravotv.com: Why the sudden interest in joining the board?
Carole Radziwill: It wasn’t really sudden. I had been thinking about it for some time. So when the new election was announced, I decided to run. When you own an apartment in NewYork, it's important to know what’s happening in your building. Each building runs as its own little municipal town. Much like you might be interested in knowing what is happening in your town because it has a direct effect on the value of your property. In the beginning, I must say I was more self-interested. There were things I was not happy with in the building and thought I needed to be part of the decision-making process. As I spoke to the other residents and listened to their concerns, my run became more about what I could do for the building and not what the building can do for me.
Bravotv.com: Were there any last-minute tricks that you think won the election for you?
CR: I listened very closely to the campaign consultants. They were no joke. Mike worked for Rudy Giuliani’s presidential campaign and Andrew Cuomo’s race for NYS Governor. In the end, I think it’s just a matter of asking people for their votes. And even though negative campaigning works in general elections, I am glad I ran an honest and decent campaign.
Bravotv.com: What went through your mind when Bethenny broke down in the furniture store?
CR: Oh wow. I wasn’t expecting that. I knew she had child-care issues that precluded her from attending some of the events and dinners. I imagine it’s difficult to juggle work and play and family, especially given a protracted divorce. I felt terrible for her, but I also sensed that she was not the type of woman who wanted to be coddled. I’m not someone who can hug it out either. Hugging makes me cry more. My only thought was to try to get her to laugh. Laughter cures everything. That is why I made fun of her for not wanting to blow her nose in the two dollar napkin. Once she started to laugh she was fine. It was a moment. We all have them. I’ll have one soon too.