Discussions of political campaigns often center around the particular candidate or issue on the ballot, and while that is where the attention rightfully belongs, no campaign is a one-man-show. Every political campaign, whether it’s for school board, a ballot initiative, or the presidency, has consisted of the efforts of dozens--if not hundreds or even thousands--of committed staffers and volunteers who work around the clock to make sure that their candidate delivers an acceptance speech on election day.
Of course, these staffers often realize that their efforts, while essential for the success of the campaign, may go largely unnoticed, which makes it that much more rewarding when they’re recognized for their efforts. At least, that’s how I felt when I was recently named as one of the American Association of Political Consultants’ (AAPC) 40 Under 40 list.
The AAPC is an organization that represents Republicans, Democrats, and Independents alike, and with 1,350 active members, it is the largest association of political professionals anywhere in the world. It’s members include political consultants, media consultants, pollsters, campaign managers, corporate public affairs officers, professors, fundraisers, lobbyists, congressional staffers, vendors, and any other political rainmakers.
Recognition from the AAPC is a tremendous honor. While I’m personally humbled to be named to this list, it also speaks to the strength of the candidates and the importance of the issues that I’ve been fortunate enough to work on during my career, including Mitt Romney, Chris Christie, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and many others. I’m also happy that this recognition brings attention to the efforts and accomplishments of Lincoln Strategy Group, which I’ve called home for the past two years; beyond winning a place on the AAPC’s list, I’m honored just to be able to work for Lincoln on campaigns of both national and international importance.
However, an award isn’t a finish line, and there’s certainly much more work to be done. In fact, I’m more ready than ever to keep working in support of candidates and issues around the world.
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