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 Patrick, Rahm Emanuel, Hillary Clinton, Rod Blagojevich and John Edwards.
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