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By RUSSELL T. CRAMER | November 30, 1993
San Francisco. -- Why are they crucifying Ed Rollins?While most campaigns waste millions on dishonest 30-second spots, Christie Whitman's victorious campaign for governor of New Jersey, managed by Mr. Rollins, allegedly paid blacks not to vote. This could be the first time African-Americans have ever received anything of value from a Republican campaign.Of course, the hysterical knee-jerk responses of the Eastern liberal media establishment and Democrat spin doctors were predictable. What is harder to fathom is the criticism from Republicans like Bob Dole, Jack Kemp and Mrs. Whitman herself.
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By Liz Smith and Liz Smith,Tribune Media Services | June 20, 2007
YOU CAN fool all the people all the time if the advertising budget is big enough," says Ed Rollins. Mr. Rollins happened by Michael's cafe this week where I was lunching with speechwriter-columnist Peggy Noonan. We greeted the genial Ed, who had worked for Ronald Reagan and other Republicans, including Christine Todd Whitman and the unelectable Michael Huffington. Rollins became famous at the end of the latter's campaign, saying: "In three decades as a political junkie, I never worked a more miserable, depressing, or rotten race than the 1994 Huffington Senate campaign.
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NEWS
By Mona Charen | December 2, 1993
THE REPUBLIC -- or at least the chattering class -- has been convulsed by Ed Rollins' boastful claim of using "walking-around money" to suppress the black vote in New Jersey. It has been front-page news for weeks.And why not? It fit, or seemed to fit, the categories the media love -- big bad Republicans being unfair to black people. (Republicans are, by the way, unwise in not pursuing the black vote more zestfully, but that is their loss -- Republicans being unfair to themselves, if you will.
NEWS
By Bill Boyarsky and Bill Boyarsky,Los Angeles Times | August 18, 1996
"Bare Knuckles and Back Rooms," by Ed Rollins. Broadway Books. 386 pages. $27.50The author, a Republican political consultant with a mouth to match his ego, has written the ultimate kiss-and-yell memoir.It's a lot like drinking with one of his breed, listening to stories that get better with each round. But as closing time nears, a thought nags at even the most alcohol-besotted brain: These stories may not be the entire truth.What elevates this book considerably above the usual political memoir is not the recounting of old battles but the insight into the mysterious and devious mind of the political manager.
NEWS
By William Safire | November 16, 1993
ED ROLLINS, the political manager who out-strategized White House guru James Carville in the recent New Jersey gubernatorial, reminds me of the mentalist in the old movie "The 39 Steps": When asked a question, he is compelled to blurt out the dangerous truth.His need to expose the existence of what pols have long called "walking-around money" -- henceforth to be known in the annals of psychiatry as Rollins' Compulsion -- has provided the healthiest revelation in politics this year. To the victor belongs the spoiler.
NEWS
November 13, 1993
If it is true, as GOP strategist Ed Rollins boasted Tuesday, that the campaign of Republican Governor-elect Christine Todd Whitman paid black ministers in New Jersey $500,000 not to get the vote out for Democratic Gov. Jim Florio in last week's election, both the Republican Party and those who accepted its money ought be ashamed. If it is not true, Mr. Rollins owes both New Jersey's black community and Ms. Whitman an apology.Mr. Rollins, who served as political director of the Reagan White House and helped George Bush win the presidency in 1988, began backing off his claim almost as soon as it was made.
NEWS
By Los Angeles Times | October 28, 1994
LOS ANGELES -- He's back. He's busy. And he wants redemption.Lesser operatives might have crumbled after such a spectacular collision with ignominy. They might have shriveled up and died, metaphorically anyway, to find themselves consigned to the status of a David Letterman joke. Saddled with labels like "liar" and "racist" -- his own dark vision of how his post-New Jersey obituary might read -- others might have limped off to the Sahara of corporate communications, the political junkie's notion of hell itself.
FEATURES
By Liz Smith and Liz Smith,Tribune Media Services | June 20, 2007
YOU CAN fool all the people all the time if the advertising budget is big enough," says Ed Rollins. Mr. Rollins happened by Michael's cafe this week where I was lunching with speechwriter-columnist Peggy Noonan. We greeted the genial Ed, who had worked for Ronald Reagan and other Republicans, including Christine Todd Whitman and the unelectable Michael Huffington. Rollins became famous at the end of the latter's campaign, saying: "In three decades as a political junkie, I never worked a more miserable, depressing, or rotten race than the 1994 Huffington Senate campaign.
NEWS
By DAN BERGER | November 15, 1993
Psst, buddy, wanna bid for an NFL franchise? Ed Rollins is either a mole planted by the Democratic Party, or inexplicable.
NEWS
By DAN BERGER | November 23, 1993
Washington is the kind of town where people say trade is sexy. Washington is the kind of town where everyone knows why statehood is wrong and no one says. Ed Rollins lied. If only we knew when.
NEWS
By Los Angeles Times | October 28, 1994
LOS ANGELES -- He's back. He's busy. And he wants redemption.Lesser operatives might have crumbled after such a spectacular collision with ignominy. They might have shriveled up and died, metaphorically anyway, to find themselves consigned to the status of a David Letterman joke. Saddled with labels like "liar" and "racist" -- his own dark vision of how his post-New Jersey obituary might read -- others might have limped off to the Sahara of corporate communications, the political junkie's notion of hell itself.
NEWS
By Mona Charen | December 2, 1993
THE REPUBLIC -- or at least the chattering class -- has been convulsed by Ed Rollins' boastful claim of using "walking-around money" to suppress the black vote in New Jersey. It has been front-page news for weeks.And why not? It fit, or seemed to fit, the categories the media love -- big bad Republicans being unfair to black people. (Republicans are, by the way, unwise in not pursuing the black vote more zestfully, but that is their loss -- Republicans being unfair to themselves, if you will.
NEWS
By RUSSELL T. CRAMER | November 30, 1993
San Francisco. -- Why are they crucifying Ed Rollins?While most campaigns waste millions on dishonest 30-second spots, Christie Whitman's victorious campaign for governor of New Jersey, managed by Mr. Rollins, allegedly paid blacks not to vote. This could be the first time African-Americans have ever received anything of value from a Republican campaign.Of course, the hysterical knee-jerk responses of the Eastern liberal media establishment and Democrat spin doctors were predictable. What is harder to fathom is the criticism from Republicans like Bob Dole, Jack Kemp and Mrs. Whitman herself.
NEWS
By Mona Charen | November 24, 1993
HAVING pronounced on national television that Ed Rollins' notorious statement about the New Jersey governor's race was "the stupidest political remark since George Romney said he'd been brainwashed," I now feel the need to restore some balance. The great Ed Rollins controversy has gone entirely too far.If Ed Rollins had bought votes, tampered with voting machines or engaged in a thousand other frauds familiar in the history of every democratic republic, the outrage and upheaval his statement has ignited would be understandable.
NEWS
November 24, 1993
Teachers not owners of the public schoolsSo now the State Board of Education has upset the Maryland teachers' unions by considering private enterprise as a viable method for managing schools. Good!The primary objective of today's teachers' unions is protecting teachers' jobs while promoting their own "educational" agendas, with little regard for raising -- or even maintaining -- quality levels in our children's essential education. (For proof of this, one need only examine American SAT scores over the past few decades.
NEWS
By DAN BERGER | November 23, 1993
Washington is the kind of town where people say trade is sexy. Washington is the kind of town where everyone knows why statehood is wrong and no one says. Ed Rollins lied. If only we knew when.
NEWS
By Bill Boyarsky and Bill Boyarsky,Los Angeles Times | August 18, 1996
"Bare Knuckles and Back Rooms," by Ed Rollins. Broadway Books. 386 pages. $27.50The author, a Republican political consultant with a mouth to match his ego, has written the ultimate kiss-and-yell memoir.It's a lot like drinking with one of his breed, listening to stories that get better with each round. But as closing time nears, a thought nags at even the most alcohol-besotted brain: These stories may not be the entire truth.What elevates this book considerably above the usual political memoir is not the recounting of old battles but the insight into the mysterious and devious mind of the political manager.
NEWS
By Mona Charen | November 24, 1993
HAVING pronounced on national television that Ed Rollins' notorious statement about the New Jersey governor's race was "the stupidest political remark since George Romney said he'd been brainwashed," I now feel the need to restore some balance. The great Ed Rollins controversy has gone entirely too far.If Ed Rollins had bought votes, tampered with voting machines or engaged in a thousand other frauds familiar in the history of every democratic republic, the outrage and upheaval his statement has ignited would be understandable.
NEWS
By JACK GERMOND & JULES WITCOVER | November 23, 1993
WASHINGTON -- Ed Rollins' deposition on what he did and didn't say about black voter suppression should end speculation that the election of his New Jersey gubernatorial client, Republican Christine Todd Whitman, might be voided. Barring testimony from other sources establishing actual denial of voter rights, Rollins was sufficiently persuasive in saying under oath that he was guilty only of gross braggadocio and exaggeration to blunt Democratic hopes for a court-ordered rerun against defeated Gov. Jim Florio.
NEWS
By THEO LIPPMAN JR | November 18, 1993
ATTORNEYS for the New Jersey and national Democratic parties tomorrow will question a Republican political operative under oath about how he ran a campaign in that state.This was ordered by a federal judge. It has nothing directly to do with possible criminal acts. There is a separate investigation into that by law enforcement agencies.What's going on here? Hardball politics of the sort Ed Rollins and his client, Governor-elect Christine Whitman, are accused of are as old as the two-party system.
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