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Ed Rollins

Ed RollinsAKA Edward J. Rollins

Born: 19-Mar-1943
Birthplace: Boston, MA

Gender: Male
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Political Strategist
Party Affiliation: Republican

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: GOP political strategist

"You can fool all the people all the time if the advertising budget is big enough."

"In three decades as a political junkie, I never worked a more miserable, depressing, or rotten race than the 1994 Huffington Senate campaign. Compared to Michael and Arianna Huffington -- two of the most unprincipled political creatures I'd ever encountered -- Ross Perot had been St. Francis of Assisi."

After running Christine Todd Whitman's successful 1993 gubernatorial campaign, Rollins told Time magazine: "We went into black churches and we basically said to ministers who had endorsed Florio, 'Do you have a special project?' And they said, 'We've already endorsed Florio.' We said, 'That's fine -- don't get up on the Sunday pulpit and preach. We know you've endorsed him, but don't get up there and say it's your moral obligation that you go on Tuesday to vote for Jim Florio.'" Rollins recanted his story after the inevitable scandal it sparked.

Father: Ed
Mother: Mary
Brother: Michael
Wife: Sherrie Sandy Rollins (estranged)
Daughter: Lily (adopted 1995)

    High School: St. Vincent Ferrer High School, Vallejo, CA (1961)
    University: AA, Vallejo Junior College, Vallejo, CA (1965)
    University: San Jose State University, San Jose, CA
    University: BA Political Science, California State University Chico (1968)
    University: Washington University in St. Louis

    American Express Consultant
    AT&T Consultant
    Lockheed Martin Consultant
    Merck Consultant
    United Parcel Service Consultant
    Reagan-Bush '84 Director
    Young Republicans
    Greek Letter Society
    Hernia Operation Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD (Feb-1988)
    Irish Ancestry Maternal side

    Art & Copy (27-Mar-2009) · Himself

Author of books:
Bare Knuckles and Back Rooms: My Life in American Politics (1996, memoir)

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