On Monday, the DNCC announced the expansion of the team that will bring together the 2008 Democratic National Convention. Along with the staff that will consist of hundreds and the volunteer corp made up of thousands, the Executive Producers for the August 25-28, 2008 Convention are Ricky Kirshner and Mark Squier.
Today, we focus on Mark Squier.
Mark has been a media consultant and a strategic advisor for Democratic candidates for 25 years. During that time, Mark has worked on some of the most high profile races around the U.S. Mark has produced ads for over 20 current and former U.S. Senators, Governors and Members of Congress including: Sens. Tom Harkin of Iowa, Daniel Akaka of Hawaii, Bob Graham of Florida and former Governors Ann Richardson Texas and Cecil Andrus of Idaho.
In addition to being one of the most respected consultants in Washington, DC, Mark co-founded the media consulting firm McMahon, Squier, Lapp & Associates (MSLA) in Washington, DC .
With all these qualifications to be the Executive Producer of the 2008 Democratic National Convention, we felt we needed to ask him some tough questions:
Q: What one person had the greatest influence in setting you on this career path?
A: My Dad – A.K.A. Bob Squier – who is considered one of the founders of political consulting. He was a filmmaker first and came to work in politics in 1968 – electing many Senators, Governors, Congressmen, even working on President Clinton’s re-election in 1996. Out of college I went to work for him and it was awesome. He was very upbeat a lot of fun – and taught me everything.
One of my first memories of being interested in what my father did for a living was when he took me to see Face The Nation on CBS. I was 9 and Dad was working for Hubert Humphrey. I can still remember Vice President Humphrey’s distinctive voice. Boy that really dates me!
Q: When you’re cooking for the kids, what’s on the table?
A: Mac and Cheese – out of the box of course.
Q: What’s one thing every successful candidate has in common?
A: Confidence and comfort with themselves.
Q: Why should America tune in to the 2008 Democratic National Convention?
A: The 2008 convention is the beginning of the fall campaign and it will be an excellent chance to see what the Democratic Party stands for and what it plans to do to get our country back on track. And for people to learn how they can get involved and make a difference. There is too much gripping and not enough action – and that is a direct result of apathy – which I can’t stand. It’s easy to sit on the sidelines and complain – it’s much harder to roll up your sleeves and get involved.
Q: Mountains or monuments?
A: Easy – Mountains – I ski. And Colorado has the best.
Q: Do you ever get tired of red, white and blue?
A: No. If you aren’t a student of this country’s history – and really learn about what symbols like our flag and colors stand for – and the sacrifices that have been made and that are being made to protect and preserve our country – then you shouldn’t work in politics.
I’ve actually worked overseas politically – I’ve seen other systems up
Yes – we do have problems with our system – nothing is perfect.
But it is by far the best one on the planet.