Wayne Johnson Elected Vice President of IAPC in Mexico City

Meeting in Mexico City at the 48th World Conference of the International Association of Political Consultants (IAPC), representatives from more than 30 countries elected Wayne Johnson to serve as one of three international Vice-Presidents. The November 11-14, 2015 Mexico City conference addressed new technologies, the proliferation of populist movements and problems in polling, as well as advances in political psychology and decision theory.

Johnson, a Republican, has previously served as President and Chair of the bi-partisan American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC).  He is President of The Wayne Johnson Agency, as well as CEO of Gateway Media, both located in Sacramento, CA and has consulted on numerous political campaigns in South America, Europe and Africa.

The IAPC had its beginning in 1968 when Michel Bongrand of France and Joseph Napolitan of the United States invited a handful of veteran political campaign managers from fifteen countries to meet in Paris to exchange information and opinions about the emerging profession of political consulting.  At the end of the two-day meeting, they decided to formalize their professional interests by organizing the International Association of Political Consultants (IAPC).

The IAPC will meet in Denver, CO in 2016, and Reykjavik, Iceland in 2017.

Why “Speaker” McCarthy is a Very Good Idea

The only thing that will keep Kevin McCarthy from becoming the next Speaker of the House is if he doesn’t want the job. For the sake of the Republican Party, let’s hope he does. I’ve known Kevin McCarthy since he first ran for State Assembly in California and have followed his meteoric rise through the Republican ranks. Many climb that ladder by schmoozing and shameless self-promotion. McCarthy has done it by helping his colleagues, literally, one by one.
Most congressmen hate to walk across the street to the National Republican Congressional Committee offices to make fundraising calls for their re-election. It is virtually unheard of for a member to cross that street to help a colleague on the phones, and yet, I have personally witnessed Kevin McCarthy do that on more than one occasion. He became the Republican Leader in the California Assembly by helping new members work their districts and make fundraising calls. He took that same perspective and work ethic with him to Washington.
The result in California was that all those new members he helped were anxious to make him leader because he was the one person who had taken the time and energy to help. A lot of incoming congressmen have had that same experience, and given the opportunity, will select him as their next leader. If Kevin McCarthy accepts that role, the “Freedom Caucus” will come in from the cold and consequently, both the national conversation and the policy trajectory in Congress will change. The GOP desperately needs for both of those things to happen, and soon.
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    Bernie Sanders leads Caitlyn Jenner almost 4 to 1 in new poll!

Bernie Sanders leads Caitlyn Jenner almost 4 to 1 in new poll!

(Or, “Why presidential polls are entertainment, not news.”)

Last week, using Google’s new polling software, we asked 400 people “eligible to vote in 2016” how they would vote, if the choice came down to either Democrat Bernie Sanders or Republican Caitlyn Jenner. It was just for fun, but since Echelon Insights released their numbers today of the Trump-Kanye match-up, we decided to share our silly season numbers, as well. We’ve all got to get this out of our system before Labor Day. So…more than half of those Americans we polled (53%) said, if given the Berne-Kaitlin choice, they were decidedly Undecided.

Against a formidable candidate like Caitlyn Jenner, Senator Sanders was unable to crack 40% support. And what does it say about Americans that less than 10% of them were willing to vote for someone with the courage to have gender reassignment surgery?

Well, it actually says nothing about Americans, per se, but a whole lot about what passes for news these days. The Fox News decision to let polls drive the debate bus was too much for the Marist Poll, which announced they would suspend polling prior to the Fox debates lest they play an unwitting role in the farce. (See Lee Miringoff’s devastatingly funny analysis here http://maristpoll.marist.edu/528-top-10-reasons-why-polls-should-not-be-used-to-determine-eligibility-for-debates/ )

But enough about the well-respected Marist Poll and back to the game changer that the stunning Sanders-Jenner matchup promises to be. After all, it has all the ingredients. We’ve got the surging campaign of Senator Sanders who if he wins can, at long last, end this crazy Vietnam War. And we’ve got Caitlyn Jenner, who is married to a Kardashian.

So, why isn’t this survey (and dozens like it) important?

Aside from the fact that not even in some alternate […]

Sad Farewell to a Mentor and Friend

(McLean, VA, December 5, 2013). The American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC) joins in mourning the passing of industry great, Joe Napolitan, who died Monday in Agawam, MA at the age of 84.   Regarded as the father of modern political consulting, his storied career spanned over 5 decades.   Fellow Springfield Political Consultant Tony Cignoli said of Joe, “Napolitan set the standard, and the idea was that it had a code of ethics. If you broke that code of ethics, no other consultant who belonged to the group would then work with you. And it worked really well.”    This ideal was embodied in the founding of AAPC in 1969 and the establishment of AAPC’s Professional Code of Ethics, to which all members subscribe.

Former AAPC Board President Wayne Johnson said of Joe’s passing, “We’ve lost a giant.  No single individual did more to create our profession, and to foster the idea that for a free society to flourish, we must love the principles we share more than the partisan issues that divide us in the moment.  He was mentor, colleague and friend, not only to me, but to so many others. We’ll miss him deeply.”   Ray Strother, who also served as AAPC Board President added, “Joe Napolitan was the rock on which we built modern political consulting. He founded both the International Association (IAPC) and the American Association of Political Consultants out of love and respect for his profession. He reached out to help upstarts like me and he quietly gave advice to scores of young consultants. Joe was truly the diamond standard of wise men in the business and I (we) will miss him desperately. He was the flickering lighthouse that gave us direction.”

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