James Carville managed his first campaign, a US Senate race in Virginia, in 1982. The following year, while managing Lloyd Doggettfs unsuccessful bid for governor of Texas,he acquired the nicknamegRajun Cajunh 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 mediaf and, above all, winning elections for Democrats.
Carville and Begalafs biggest win was Bill Clintonfs 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 Clintonfs fearsome and intense Little Rock campaign headquarters, known as the"War Room". He is currently serving as a Senior Political Advisor to the President.
Carvillefs 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 Bushfs re-election bid in 1992. The couple wrote Allfs Fair: Love, War and Running for President, the best selling political memoir in American history.
Carvillefs second book, Wefre Right, Theyfre Wrong, A Handbook for Spirited Progressives, is a no-nonsense guide to the real meaning and likely consequences of the present day Republican agenda. Wefre Right, Theyfre Wrong hit number one on the New York Times Best Sellerfs list in March.
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