The Shady Past of Mitt Romney’s Chief Strategist

Connections to authoritarian regimes in Albania and Congo
Politics • Views: 28,988

At the New Republic, Penn Bullock has a well-researched article on the disturbing history of Mitt Romney’s chief campaign strategist: Stuart Stevens’ Shady Past Clients, Revealed.

For Romney to brag behind closed doors that his consultants are using tactics honed in foreign elections is peculiar, to say the least. The well-traveled consultants he praised were almost certainly his chief strategist, Stuart Stevens, and Stevens’ longtime sidekick, Russ Schriefer. And before taking charge of Romney’s presidential campaign as its “Karl Rove equivalent,” Stevens helped lift at least two foreign strongmen into power, guiding them to victory in elections rife with irregularities and violence.

Stevens, whom The New Republic profiled in August, says he relishes politics “for the smell of napalm in the morning,” and, by his own admission, his political work is driven by something like a sublimated aggression—it provides “an outlet for my violent tendencies.” An article last month in Politico that portrayed Stevens as the target of vicious sniping within the campaign mentioned in passing that he worked in Albania and the Congo. But it didn’t name the leaders whose campaigns he ran: Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha and Congolese President Joseph Kabila, authoritarian figures who have alarmed human rights groups and, at times, the U.S. State Department.

The depth of Stevens’ involvement in the campaigns of Berisha and Kabila is evident from the LinkedIn profile of Joel Frushone, a former deputy at Stevens’ consulting firm, the Stevens & Schriefer Group. His resume says the firm managed almost every aspect of their election bids, from “high level multimedia campaigns” to “fundraising,” “policy development,” “in-depth opposition research,” and “political strategy, media plans and tactics”—virtually the same services Stevens provides Romney.

Frushone offered only a brief comment. “I know the intimate details of what we did there,” he said, “and it was all above board.”

Jump to top

Create a PageThis is the LGF Pages posting bookmarklet. To use it, drag this button to your browser's bookmark bar, and title it 'LGF Pages' (or whatever you like). Then browse to a site you want to post, select some text on the page to use for a quote, click the bookmarklet, and the Pages posting window will appear with the title, text, and any embedded video or audio files already filled in, ready to go.
Or... you can just click this button to open the Pages posting window right away.
Last updated: 2016-01-01 10:29 am PST
LGF User's Guide RSS Feeds

Help support Little Green Footballs!

Subscribe now for ad-free access!Register and sign in to a free LGF account before subscribing, and your ad-free access will be automatically enabled.

Recent PagesClick to refresh
Steve Shives - Donald Trump vs. the Justice League ( Video )Steve Shives imagines how DC Comics', iconic Justice League, might handle the prospect of a Donald Trump presidency. There are not many images in his video, ( so you'll have to use your imagination ). Hope you enjoy it.
CriticalDragon1177
4 hours, 12 minutes ago
Views: 160 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 6 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Likes: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
God’s Will Not Done?: Disgraced Former Navy Chaplain Loses Bid for Public Office It’s time for an update on Gordon Klingenschmitt. The former Navy chaplain tumbled from the lofty heights of the Colorado legislature this week when he lost a Republican primary race for state Senate. According to the Denver Post, veteran ...
Thanos
9 hours, 33 minutes ago
Views: 176 • Comments: 1 • Rating: 3
Tweets: 2 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Likes: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Can You Hear Us Now? t is why, Russell Berman wrote in May, "The white, working-class voters that embraced [Hillary Clinton's] message of resilience in 2008 have deserted her for Bernie Sanders in many primaries in 2016." But I offer this not as a ...
Thanos
12 hours, 10 minutes ago
Views: 165 • Comments: 1 • Rating: 1
Tweets: 2 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Likes: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires - Full Performance (Live on KEXP) kexp.org presents Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires performing live at KEXP. Recorded May 23, 2016. Songs:Nobody But YouThings We Do For LoveAin't It A SinChanges Host: Cheryl WatersAudio Engineer: Jackson LongCameras: Jim Beckmann, Alaia D'Alessandro & Scott HolpainenEditor: Scott ...
Thanos
13 hours, 20 minutes ago
Views: 115 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 2 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Likes: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Obama and Biden Join Clinton on Campaign Trail Next Week US President Barack Obama will join Democratic White House hopeful Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail for the first time next week, days before Vice President Joe Biden also stumps with her, Clinton aides announced Thursday. Obama is set ...
Thanos
16 hours, 7 minutes ago
Views: 291 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 22 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 1
Likes: 0
Comments: 0
: 1
This GOP Senator Is Open to Supporting Hillary Clinton Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) is open to the possibility of supporting presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, a woman she respects despite her “very different philosophies” when it comes to politics. In an interview on former Obama advisor David Axelrod’s ...
Thanos
16 hours, 9 minutes ago
Views: 537 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 1
Tweets: 33 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 2
Likes: 2
Comments: 0
: 4
Obama to Replace Coin That Robber Took From Park Ranger, 94 - SFGate The nation’s oldest park ranger was beaten in her Richmond home by a man who broke in and robbed her of a special commemorative coin given to her by President Obama, who sent word to her boss Thursday that ...
Thanos
17 hours, 9 minutes ago
Views: 275 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 2
Tweets: 2 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 1
Likes: 0
Comments: 0
: 1
Tory Leadership: Ministers Urging Gove to Pull Out Michael Gove is coming under growing pressure to abandon his bid to become Tory leader, the BBC has been told. Sources have told the BBC government ministers are trying to persuade the justice secretary to make way so the ...
Thanos
17 hours, 15 minutes ago
Views: 166 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 1 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Likes: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Austria Presidential Poll Result Overturned Austria's highest court has annulled the result of the presidential election narrowly lost by the far-right candidate of the Freedom Party. The party had challenged the result, saying that postal votes had been improperly handled. The Freedom Party candidate, ...
Thanos
17 hours, 16 minutes ago
Views: 204 • Comments: 1 • Rating: 2
Tweets: 2 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Likes: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Protoje - Who Knows (Feat. Chronixx) [SHY FX Remix]Released via Atlantic Records Follow Protoje Follow Big Beatsmarturl.itfacebook.comtwitter.comyoutube.cominstagram.com
Thanos
1 day, 10 hours ago
Views: 300 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 1 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Likes: 0
Comments: 0
: 0