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David Axelrod to speak in St. Pete tonight

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David Axelrod, senior adviser for Barack Obama’s two successful presidential campaigns, will speak in St. Petersburg this Friday night at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, in an address sponsored by the Poynter Institute and the Association of Opinion Journalists.

Since leaving politics after the 2012 election, Axelrod has become a professional political pundit, initially for MSNBC and now with CNN, where he moved to this past September. In addition, he also serves as the director of Institute in Politics at the University of Chicago, which he founded in 2012.

The New York City native cut his teeth in the world of Chicago journalism in the 1960s and 70s as a reporter and columnist for the Chicago Tribune before becoming a political strategist, something he documents in his memoir, Believer: My Forty Years in Politics, which was published earlier this year.

In addition to Obama, other Democrats that he and his firm worked with over the years include Paul Simon (his first client), Deval PatrickRahm EmanuelHillary ClintonRod Blagojevich and John Edwards.

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Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at

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