Stuart Stevens is an American travel writer and political consultant. He is the cofounder of Washington, D.C. - based political media consultancy Stevens & Schriefer Group (with Russell Schriefer). He served as a top strategist for Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign.
1 Early life,
2 Political career
2.1 Romney campaign,
3 Television and film,
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Stevens, who is from Jackson, Mississippi, grew up in the Southern United States in the 1960s. He felt that the Democratic Party members he knew consisted predominantly of "good ol' boy" segregationists. He chose instead to join the Republican Party. He attended Colorado College, Middlebury College, Pembroke College, Oxford, and UCLA Film School. Stevens is an extreme sports enthusiast who participates in triathlons, has completed the Paris-Brest-Paris bicycle race, and once skied the last 100 miles to the North Pole.
Beginning his political career in his native Mississippi, Stevens worked on Thad Cochran's campaigns and has gone on to help elect more governors and US Senators than any other current Republican media consultant. Stevens worked for Bob Dole's 1996 presidential campaign and was part of George W. Bush's media team in 2000 and 2004. His book The Big Enchilada is a chronicle of Bush's 2000 campaign. He and Russell Schriefer had worked for John McCain's campaign in the 2008 election, but changed their allegiance to Mitt Romney in July 2007.
Overseas, Stevens worked for successfully for two candidates in 2005 and 2006. In Albania he worked for Prime Minister Sali Berisha during the 2005 election campaign, where he based the campaign primarily on "a pledge to reduce corruption". He also worked for 2006 election campaign of Joseph Kabila in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Stevens emerged from an internal power struggle during Romney's 2008 presidential campaign, in which he and Schriefer clashed with the campaign's existing media team, to become Romney's senior strategist in 2012. In that role he was responsible for the campaign's focus on employment, its efforts to help Romney connect with voters, and its aggressive primary campaign against Rick Perry. Stevens and Schriefer also handled advertising for the campaign.
Stevens was publicly criticized by numerous Romney campaign officials, according to a widely cited Politico article that was published on the evening of September 16, 2012, and which was largely overshadowed by the 2012 Romney video leak the following day. When nationally known Republican media strategist and manager of Romney's campaign for governor Mike Murphy was asked to join the campaign, he declined, stating about Stevens "It's not that I don't like him. I just think he is an idiot"
Television and film:
Stevens has worked on television shows including Northern Exposure (writing the scripts for two episodes, "Brains, Know-How and Native Intelligence" and "Jules et Joel") and I'll Fly Away. He consulted on the 2011 Hollywood film The Ides of March and was a Fellow of the American Film Institute.
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Malaria Dreams: An African Adventure, Atlantic Monthly Press, 1989, ISBN 9780871133618 ,
Feeding Frenzy: Across Europe in Search of the Perfect Meal, Ballantine Books, 1998, ISBN 9780345425546 ,
Night Train to Turkistan: Modern Adventures Along China's Ancient Silk Road, Atlantic Monthly Press, 1988, ISBN 9780871131904 ,
The Big Enchilada: Campaign Adventures With the Cockeyed Optimists from Texas Who Won the Biggest Prize in Politics, Simon and Schuster, 2001, ISBN 9780743222907