Scarlett Johansson Wins Praise at Scott Stringer Fundraiser

By Olivia Scheck on October 3, 2011 9:12pm 

Actress Scarlett Johansson and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer left a cocktail fundraiser at The Plaza Hotel on Monday, October 3, 2011.
Actress Scarlett Johansson and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer left a cocktail fundraiser at The Plaza Hotel on Monday, October 3, 2011.
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MANHATTAN — Hollywood starlet Scarlett Johansson impressed local politicos at a campaign fundraiser for Manhattan Borough President and expected mayoral candidate Scott Stringer Monday night.

The “Lost in Translation” star was billed as the official host of the $2,500-a-head cocktail party, held at a private residence inside The Plaza Hotel, and she delivered a “thoughtful introduction” for the BP, according to several attendees.

“She's wonderful and warm and everything you'd hope she would be,” Martin Karlinsky, an attorney and Stringer supporter, remarked on his way out of the event. “I think Scarlett Johansson has her sincere beliefs on the line.”

Other guests said they were impressed by the actress’ knowledge of the issues and praised her decision to become involved in local politics.

“Certainly if you wanna get young people involved, it helps to have a celebrity on your side,” Stringer supporter Anthony, who declined to provide his last name, commented as he left The Plaza.

“I think it's great that Ms. Johansson and her brother are choosing to get involved in politics on a local level.”

After more than an hour inside the tony Central Park South hotel, Johansson and Stringer, who share an interest in environmental issues, drove off in a Yukon hybrid SUV.

The two were scheduled to attend a second fundraiser at the Jane Hotel.

Johansson became involved with Stringer through her twin brother Hunter Johansson, who was once a staffer at the borough president’s office, and her grandmother, who worked with Stringer on affordable housing issues during the 80s, according to reports.

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