[15], McKinnon's first political campaign experience was volunteering for then Texas State Senator Lloyd Doggett's 1984 U.S. Senate campaign,[12][13] where he worked with James Carville and Paul Begala, who promoted McKinnon to the role of press secretary. And I knew instantly that I wanted to marry her. Mark McKinnon is one of the most respected and well-known political consultants in America, and during the past three decades, he has been a force of nature in Texas. "[33] In Game Change, it is reported that McKinnon was not impressed with Palin's performance during the run-through before the debate. Mark David McKinnon[2] (born May 5, 1955) is an American political advisor, reform advocate, media columnist, and television producer. Plotting the trajectory of my rate of musical progress, I figured I was going to end up at 50 years old as the front act at the Pfluggerville Holiday Inn. And I could see the pain and fear in our young daughters’ eyes as they were thinking not just of losing their mother but also thinking, “Who’s going to do, like, everything?!”. And, suddenly, my lucky streak was alive again. McKinnon was on the advisory board of Americans Elect,[5] a defunct political organization known primarily for its efforts to stage a national online primary for the 2012 United States presidential election. Mark David McKinnon (born May 5, 1955) is an American political advisor, reform advocate, media columnist, and television producer.He was the chief media advisor to five successful presidential primary and general election campaigns, and is a co-founder of No Labels, an organization dedicated to bipartisanship and political problem solving. [21], After being recommended to Bush by Bullock,[15][25] McKinnon led the advertising and media team for Bush's gubernatorial campaign in 1998. I fell in love with her at first sight. By using this site, you agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. As vice chairman of Public Strategies and president of Maverick Media, Mark McKinnon has helped meet strategic challenges for candidates, corporations and causes, including George W. Bush, John McCain, Governor Ann Richards, Charlie Wilson, Lance Armstrong, and Bono. [49] Following Lance Armstrong's admission to doping, McKinnon felt "betrayed" by Armstrong and supported the board's effort to distance the organization from its founder. For my two incredible daughters. When one of McCain's campaign advisors asked him what he thought about Palin's practice runs, McKinnon replied "Oh.My.God. What got you interested in tattooing: From the time I can recall real thought, I was an artist, I painted I sculpted… any and all forms of art inspired me. I was lucky when in high school that passion got recognized by Kris Kristofferson, who tried to get me a record deal, which never panned out. In a bow to McKinnon's cool image, Bush dubbed him 'M-Kat. Mark is wed to Annie McKinnon. McKinnon is a married man with two children. [11][15] In the late-1980s, he went to work for the New York-based international political media consulting company Sawyer Miller Group. He was stranded one day in La Guardia Airport. No kidding. I learned my wife Annie had a deadly form of cancer which she was unlikely to survive. I was lucky to be healthy as my sister has suffered years of crippling pain and 30-plus operations to fuse her arthritic joints and my brother was paralyzed in a high-school gymnastics accident. [54], Media career and political reform efforts, The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth, United States vice-presidential debate, 2008, Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, Lyndon B. 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