Chestertown, MD — The Harwood Colloquy will host former White House press secretary Mike McCurry and GenX Republican pollster Kellyanne Fitzpatrick in a one-on-one discussion about the current presidential campaign moderated by John Harwood, political editor at The Wall Street Journal. The colloquy takes place at 7:30 p.m., Mon., Nov. 22, at the Casey Academic Center Forum, Washington College, Chestertown, MD. The colloquy is free and open to the public.
The match-up should generate sparks and insights from two political insiders noted for their wit and knowledge of presidential politics. White House press secretary from 1995 until 1998, McCurry was spokesman and political strategist in the Democratic presidential campaigns of Senator John Glenn, Governor Bruce Babbitt, and Senator Bob Kerrey in 1984, 1988, and 1992, respectively. He has held a variety of communications and press relations jobs in national politics and on Capitol Hill, including stints as spokesman for the U.S. Department of State, director of communications with the Democratic National Committee, and press secretary for Senator Daniel Moynihan. McCurry is president of Public Strategies Group, LLC, a Washington-D.C.-based public affairs and strategic communications consulting firm.
Fitzpatrick is founder and president of The Polling Company, a full-service conservative political consulting and public affairs research firm with offices in Washington, D.C., and San Francisco, California. The Polling Company was pollster for the Quayle 2000 presidential campaign, with Fitzpatrick as a campaign spokesperson. She has advised former Vice Presidential candidate Jack Kemp, Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, Senator Fred Thompson (R-TN) and former Vice President Dan Quayle. A political analyst for CNN during the 1996 election cycle, she continues to appear on major CNN programs such as "Inside Politics," "Crossfire," and "Burden of Proof," and is a regular guest on CNBC's "Hardball" with Chris Matthews.
The Harwood Colloquy is sponsored by the Richard Harwood Endowment Fund, established to honor the distinguished career of Washington Post columnist Richard Harwood, a College Trustee and a lecturer in journalism at Washington College since 1991.