Political strategist Stuart Stevens will speak at the Clinton School this evening about his book, The Last Season: A Father, a Son and a Lifetime of College Football tonight at 6pm at the Clinton School.
In the fall of 2012, after serving as the top strategist for Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign, Stuart Stevens, having turned sixty, realized that he and his ninety-five-year-old father had spent little time together for decades. His solution: a season of attending Ole Miss football games together, as they’d done when college football provided a way for his father to guide him through childhood–and to make sense of the troubled South of the time. Now, driving to and from the games, and cheering from the stands, they take stock of their lives as father and son, and as individuals, reminding themselves of their unique, complicated, precious bond. Poignant and full of heart, but also irreverent and often hilarious, “The Last Season” is a powerful story of parents and children and the importance of taking a backward glance together while you still can.
Stuart is one of the nation’s most successful political strategists and media consultants. For twenty-five years, Stuart has been the lead strategist and media consultant for some of the nation’s toughest political campaigns such as Senator Portman, Senator Blunt, Governor Haley Barbour, Governor Tom Ridge and President George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004.
In 2014, he was lead strategist for Senator Thad Cochran’s come from behind runoff win and led an 8 state Super PAC campaign to help secure the new Senate Majority. Beginning his political career in his native Mississippi, Stuart first worked on Thad Cochran’s campaigns and has gone on to help elect more governors and US Senators than any other current Republican media consultant.
Stuart has written five books, published numerous essays and articles, written extensively for both film and television, is a former Fellow of the American Film Institute and a current weekly columnist for The Daily Beast.