James Carville

James Carville managed his first campaign, a US Senate race in Virginia, in 1982. The following year, while managing Lloyd Doggettfs unsuccessful bid for governor of Texas,he acquired the nicknamegRajun Cajunh and began his odd couple professional collaboration with Paul Begala. The two teamed up full time in 1989 and formed the Carville and Begala political consulting firm, specialising in strategy, message development,eearned mediaf and, above all, winning elections for Democrats.

Carville and Begalafs biggest win was Bill Clintonfs election to the presidency in 1992, the first time a Democrat had claimed the White House in 12 years. In 1993 Carville was honoured as Campaign Manager of the Year by the American Association of Political Consultants for his leadership of Clintonfs fearsome and intense Little Rock campaign headquarters, known as the"War Room". He is currently serving as a Senior Political Advisor to the President.

Carvillefs long list of electoral successes also includes the 1991 US Senate victory of Harris Wofford over Richard Thornburgh in Pennsylvania; the 1990 gubernatorial victories of Zell Miller of Georgia and Robert P. Casey in Pennsylvania; the 1988 re-election of Senator Frank Lautenberg in New Jersey; the 1987 gubernatorial victory of Wallace Wilkinson in Kentucky; and the 1986 gubernatorial victory of Robert Casey in Pennsylvania.

Carville also has international campaign experience, having worked as a political advisor to Greek Prime Minister Constantine Mitsotakis and done political work in Central and South America.

Carville is married to Mary Matalin, who was the deputy campaign manager of George Bushfs re-election bid in 1992. The couple wrote Allfs Fair: Love, War and Running for President, the best selling political memoir in American history.

Carvillefs second book, Wefre Right, Theyfre Wrong, A Handbook for Spirited Progressives, is a no-nonsense guide to the real meaning and likely consequences of the present day Republican agenda. Wefre Right, Theyfre Wrong hit number one on the New York Times Best Sellerfs list in March.

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