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True Tales from the Campaign Trail

Stories Only Political Consultants Can Tell

Jerry Austin

231 pages
University of Akron Press
True Tales from the Campaign Trail finds Democratic and Republican political consultants putting aside their differences to offer entertaining and honest insights into the art of the political campaign. First-hand accounts from across the spectrum detail the trials and tribulations of primaries for Ted Kennedy, Oliver North, Ronald Reagan, and Bill Clinton; fraught Senate races fought with direct mail; and down-and-dirty tricks pulled in local elections. The variety of funny foibles and lessons learned makes for an engaging celebration of the democratic process and the campaign trail.
Author Bio
Jerry Austin has been one of the nation’s most experienced and successful political strategists. Austin has consulted on races throughout the United States at every level from precinct committee person to President of the United States. Raised in the Bronx, Austin learned his politics in Cleveland in the late 1960s. After helping elect Richard Celeste Governor of Ohio twice, he became the campaign manager for Reverend Jesse Jackson’s 1988 presidential campaign. He was the senior political director for Paul Tsongas’s 1992 campaign for president and helped elect Paul Wellstone to the United States Senate. In 1992, he was the consultant and media advisor for Carol Moseley Braun’s historic campaign for the U.S. Senate. His work also includes witnessing the Marcos/Aquino election in the Philippines; the Pinochet plebiscite in Chile; and many trips to Northern Ireland to consult for the SDLP party. Mr. Austin earned a BA in American History from the City College of New York; a Masters in Public Administration from New York University; and a Masters in Education from the University of Akron. He is currently an Adjunct Professor and Director of the International Campaign Fellows program at The Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at The University of Akron.