Geoff Garin

June 17, 2010

The morning after winning the Republican Senate primary in California, Carly Fiorina belly-flopped into treacherous political waters. Prepping for a TV interview, the former HP CEO was caught on a hot mic gleefully repeating a friend’s unflattering assessment of Democratic rival Barbara Boxer’s hair. (“Soooooooo yesterday,” Fiorina sniffed.) Now, I don’t know much about hip hairstyles. (I never got the fuss over Hillary’s headbands, and I find Palin’s poofy up-dos downright adorable.) But I do know it’s bad form to disparage a female pol’s coif. Men who go there are branded pigs.

Team Hillary Fires Up The Ladies
April 28, 2008

On Saturday, Team Hillary supporters received an email from strategy co-captain Geoff Garin, subject lined "The double-standard," expressing Garin's distress and disbelief at how political watchers continue to accuse Hillary of running a negative campaign while giving Obama's negativity a pass.

Pity The Poor Team Hillary Wretch
April 23, 2008

The cw this morning is that Obama must now find a way to get meaner without undermining the uplifting politics-of-hope rationale for his candidacy. But what next for Team Hillary? Her campaign has already gone seriously negative and won Pennsylvania and enjoyed several weeks of Obama controversies and mini-scandals. And yet the math remains what it is, and last night's win wasn't overwhelming enough to prompt a wave of superdelegate defections.

Mark Penn Out
April 06, 2008

From the Clinton campaign: Statement from Maggie Williams After the events of the last few days, Mark Penn has asked to give up his role as Chief Strategist of the Clinton Campaign; Mark, and Penn, Schoen and Berland Associates, Inc. will continue to provide polling and advice to the campaign. Geoff Garin and Howard Wolfson will coordinate the campaign's strategic message team going forward. Questions: Was he pushed or did he jump? (Is it possible Penn decided Hillary's chances are too slim to keep sacrificing his corporate work?) What does this mean for the campaign's strategy?

Poll Position
March 19, 2008

NBC's Chuck Todd: First Read has learned that the Clinton campaign has hired Democratic pollster Geoff Garin to do polling for the campaign. Garin and his firm has plenty of experience polling in the upcoming battlegrounds of Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Indiana. The question becomes, of course: How does this impact pollster and chief strategist Mark Penn?