Ford O'Connell

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Ford O'Connell
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BornFord Courtlandt O'Connell
🏳️ Nationality
🏫 Education
  • Swarthmore College (BA)
  • Duke University (MPP)
  • University of Virginia (JD)
  • University of Mississippi (MA)
  • Northwestern University (MSJ)
💼 Occupation
Political operative, analyst, writer, commentator/pundit, lawyer, adjunct professor

Ford Courtlandt O'Connell is an American political analyst, Republican strategist and conservative activist. He has worked for several political campaigns, including the McCain-Palin 2008 presidential campaign.[1]

Political activism[edit]

In 2009, O'Connell founded ProjectVirginia, a political action committee with a mission to help Virginia Republicans seeking public office better utilize social media and voter mobilization technologies.[2]

Campaigns and Elections magazine awarded the 2010 Reed Award for "Best Use of Twitter" to ProjectVirginia.[3] He currently serves as the managing director of Civic Forum Strategies and chairman of CivicForumPAC [4]. In 2010, he was named a "Rising Star" by Campaigns and Elections magazine.[5]

Background and education[edit]

O'Connell earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, a Master of Public Policy degree from Duke University, a Master of Science in Journalism degree from Northwestern University and a Master of Arts (MA) in Southern Studies from the University of Mississippi. He is a member of the Massachusetts Bar.[6] O'Connell earned his undergraduate degree in Political Science and Religion (BA) at Swarthmore College. While at Swarthmore College, he was a member of the football, basketball and lacrosse teams. O'Connell attended the St. Paul's School (in Concord, New Hampshire), where he earned his high school diploma.[6]

Born in New York City, New York, O'Connell is the grandson of Henry Salvatori,[7] an American geophysicist, conservative activist and Republican Party insider.

Journalism and commentary[edit]

O'Connell is a frequent on-air guest commentator for Fox News, [8] Fox Business Network, [9] CNN, [10] and Newsmax Media. [11] His political commentary has been published by The New York Times, [12] The Washington Post, [13] Fox News [14] CNN, [15] The Wall Street Journal, [16] CBS News, [17] USA Today, [18] Associated Press, [19] Reuters, [20] ESPN, [21] People, [22] The Washington Times, [23] and the Boston Globe, [24] among others. His writings have appeared in USA Today, [25] CNN, [26] US News & World Report, [27] The Hill, [28] and the Washington Examiner. [29]


  • Hail Mary: The 10-Step Playbook For Republican Recovery. Create Space Independent Publishing Platform, North Charleston, South Carolina, 2013. ISBN 978-1-4921-5688-8 Search this book on Logo.png.


O'Connell serves as an adjunct lecturer at The George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management.[30]

2016 Presidential election[edit]

O'Connell was an ardent supporter of Donald Trump.[31]

Before the election, O'Connell noted Trump's popularity with white voters in the "industrial Midwest".[32]


  1. "McCain-Palin 2008",; September 2009.
  2. ProjectVirginia website; retrieved May 16, 2012
  3. [1]
  5. "2010 Republican Rising Stars". Campaigns and Elections.
  6. 6.0 6.1; accessed April 27, 2014.
  7. USC News; accessed Sept. 15, 2015.
  30. George Washington University Graduate School Of Political Management; accessed June 23, 2015.
  31. Reuters; accessed Nov. 10, 2016.
  32. American Political Parties Under Pressure: Strategic Adaptations for a Changing Electorate; accessed December 15, 2017.

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