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
🌐 Websitewww.fordoconnell.com

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]

Book[edit]

  • 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 Amazon.com Logo.png.

Teaching[edit]

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]

References[edit]

  1. "McCain-Palin 2008", gwu.edu; September 2009.
  2. ProjectVirginia website; retrieved May 16, 2012
  3. [1]
  4. https://www.bloomberg.com/profiles/companies/0586258D:US-civic-forum-pac
  5. "2010 Republican Rising Stars". Campaigns and Elections.
  6. 6.0 6.1 FordOConnell.com; accessed April 27, 2014.
  7. USC News; accessed Sept. 15, 2015.
  8. http://insider.foxnews.com/2018/10/08/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-calls-electoral-college-be-abolished-after-kavanaugh
  9. https://www.imdb.com/name/nm6160331/
  10. http://www.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1604/02/cnr.03.html
  11. https://www.newsmax.com/newsmax-tv/ford-oconnell-labor-unions-jobs/2014/08/29/id/591712/
  12. https://www.nytimes.com/politics/first-draft/2015/05/18/an-important-announcement-about-a-coming-announcement/
  13. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/on-foreign-policy-the-gop-candidates-are-all-over-the-map/2015/11/11/ab26309a-8885-11e5-be8b-1ae2e4f50f76_story.html?utm_term=.aacb94dafe83
  14. https://www.foxnews.com/politics/gop-decision-to-cancel-white-house-meeting-brings-talk-of-gamesmanship
  15. https://www.cnn.com/2015/12/30/politics/donald-trump-2015-presidential-election/index.html
  16. https://www.wsj.com/articles/christie-team-planning-big-push-in-new-hampshire-1424125140
  17. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/what-happened-to-the-party-of-fiscal-discipline/
  18. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/02/28/florida-play-key-role-gop-presidential-race/80995206/
  19. https://www.foxnews.com/politics/perrys-fiery-fed-up-may-come-back-to-haunt-him
  20. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-taxcuts-insight/republicans-in-key-election-races-turn-down-volume-on-trumps-tax-cuts-idUSKBN1I80XB
  21. http://www.espn.com/blog/playbook/trending/post/_/id/10431/social-media-athletes-affecting-voting
  22. https://people.com/archive/gov-susana-martinez-caring-for-her-sister-vol-80-no-6/
  23. https://www.washingtontimes.com/topics/ford-oconnell/
  24. https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/nation/2012/05/11/debate-romney-memory-incident/wpZtOIGi4CCqGOLcAehrqK/story.html
  25. https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2013/11/03/conservative-moderate-republicans-reagan-christie-column/3353023/
  26. https://www.cnn.com/2012/03/21/opinion/oconnell-gas-price/index.html
  27. https://www.usnews.com/topics/author/ford_oconnell
  28. https://thehill.com/search/site/%2522Ford%2520O%2527Connell%2522
  29. https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/author/ford-oconnell
  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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