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There have been political consultants since the advent of democracies but the modern era evolved in a rush after Richard Nixon lost a debate to John Kennedy because of his perceived bad appearance on television. Television sets had become a looming presence in the corner and people began to get their political information from a collection of scan lines.
Insecure candidates realized that a firm handshake and a microphone on the courthouse steps were not substitutes for a carefully crafted television commercial. Campaigns were about to be brought into li
There are many, many reasons. Some of the principal reasons relate to this basic fact: The function of opposition research is to help your campaign communicate how and why you'd be the best candidate the voters could choose to seize the opportunities and solve the problems that confront your jurisdiction.
When done wrong, opposition research can cause your campaign headaches, including fatal headaches. Done right, though, opposition research will be a major contributing factor in your victory.
There is no such thing as a natural born communicator. People in the public eye including executives, television hosts, and especially candidates for public office become “naturals” by practicing—and often with the help of a communication coach.
You’ve probably experienced the wedding or formal occasion in which a favorite relative, let’s call him good ole Uncle Joe, rises and delivers an entertaining toast. He seems to know exactly what to say and his toasts always resonate with the crowd. After Good ole Uncle Joe sits down, people whisper perhaps with a tinge
Let's say your opponent is bringing a big shot in from out of town. It's a last minute event, a rally designed to drum up support and raise money. He's a big figure with your opponent's base, but he's also a polarizing figure in your district.
If your campaign has the right tools in place, you can use this.
You don't have much time, the event in a couple days. You need to rally your own supporters and get them motivated to protest the event. Email is a great way to get
It is one of the great political clichés, the day before an election an analyst says about a race, “it all depends on turn-out.” That statement is true, but voter turnout is much like Mark Twain said about the weather, everyone complains about turnout but no one does anything about it. For Gavin Newsom’s mayoral campaign we did something about turnout.
In December of 2003 while managing Gavin Newsom’s mayoral race we identified the need to effect turn-out in his favor in order to win the election. San Francisco’s mayoral elections are traditionally close and ver