Ford O’Connell

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Ford O’Connell

Adjunct Professor

Employer: CivicForumPAC
Title: Chairman (Also, Managing Director of Civic Forum Strategies)

Ford O’Connell is a political analyst and a Republican strategist. A seasoned campaign veteran at the local, state and national levels, Mr. O’Connell worked on the 2008 McCain-Palin presidential campaign.

In 2010, Campaigns & Elections magazine named Mr. O’Connell a “Rising Star” for his work with ProjectVirginia. ProjectVirginia was also awarded Campaigns & Elections magazine’s inaugural Reed Award for “Best Use of Twitter” for its work on behalf of multiple campaigns during the 2009 election cycle.

A frequent on-air guest on Fox News, Fox Business, CNN, Newsmax TV and other broadcast media, Mr. O’Connell’s analysis and political commentary have appeared in a variety of publications including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The New York Times, the Associated Press, Reuters, The Washington Post, Washington Times, The Hill, POLITICO, People magazine and

Mr. O’Connell released his first book – Hail Mary: The 10-Step Playbook for Republican Recovery – in 2013


J.D., University of Virginia School of Law
M.P.P., Duke University
M.S.J., Northwestern University
M.A., University of Mississippi
B.A., Swarthmore College

Classes Taught

Applied Political Communications