James Carville's winning streak began in 1986, when he managed the gubernatorial victory of Robert Casey in Pennsylvania. A loser in three previous attempts (dubbed the Three-Time-Loss from Holy Cross by the media), Casey -- with Carville's guidance -- was able to defeat popular Lieutenant Governor William Scranton, Jr. in a remarkable come-from-behind win. In 1987, Carville helped Wallace Wilkinson -- a candidate with less than 1 percent of the vote in early polls -- win a hard-fought gubernatorial campaign in Kentucky.
The following year brought Carville to New Jersey, where he guided Frank Lautenberg's campaign for U.S. Senate to victory, defeating Rhodes Scholar and Heisman Trophy winner Pete Dawkins. Carville next managed the successful 1990 gubernatorial campaign of Georgia's Lt. Governor, Zell Miller, including a tough primary win over Atlanta mayor Andrew Young.
In 1991, Carville -- who had already become prominent in political circles -- drew national attention when he managed Senator Harris Wofford from 40 points behind in the polls to an upset landslide over former Pennsylvania Governor and U.S. Attorney General Richard Thornburgh. With the startling and unpredictable win, Carville had exposed the political vulnerability of George Bush, who had been enjoying a 91 percent approval ratings during the Gulf War.
Having wounded the sitting President in 1991, Carville finished the job the following year, when he guided William Jefferson Clinton to the Presidency in 1992. Carville was honored as Campaign Manager of the Year by the American Association of Political Consultants for his leadership of Clinton's fearsome and intense "War Room" at campaign headquarters in Little Rock. Carville was also the focus, along with George Stephanopoulos, of the feature-length Academy Award nominated documentary The War Room.
After the Clinton victory, Carville began to focus on foreign consulting. In 1999, Carville led Ehud Barak to Victory in his campaign to become Prime Minister of Israel. James Carville is also an author, speaker, restaurateur, and talk show host. He can be seen in television commercials and movies.
Newt Gingrich is former speaker of the US House of Representatives. Now a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, Gingrich continues to advocate for smaller government and what he terms "fundamental values." He is also the founder and General Chairman of the American Solutions for Winning the Future group. On May 11, 2011, Gingrich announced he will seek the Republican nomination to run against Barack Obama in the 2012 United States Presidential election.
Gingrich is the author of Rediscovering God in America and To Try Men's Souls: A Novel of George Washington and the Fight for American Freedom.
Named 72nd Postmaster General of the United States of America on June 1, 2001, Jack Potter has led the Postal Service to record levels of service, customer satisfaction and efficiency.
With the 2006 enactment of the first comprehensive postal legislation since 1970, Potter has positioned the Postal Service to take advantage of the law’s pricing flexibility and other innovative features to drive the business growth necessary to support its mandate of providing affordable, universal service to the nation. This builds on his strong and continued focus on generating revenue, reducing costs, improving service, and achieving results with a customer-focused, performance-based culture.
Potter championed the development of a strong privacy program, resulting in the Postal Service being named the most trusted government agency -- and one of the 10 most trusted organizations in the nation -- by the respected Ponemon Institute. A recent Roper poll found that the American people view the Postal Service more favorably than any other federal agency.
His work to enhance the workplace environment and relationships with unions and management associations contributed to record levels of safety and employee satisfaction. Computerworld named the Postal Service one of the best places to work in information and technology. Fortune chose the Postal Service one of the 50 Best Companies for Minorities, and Careers & the dis-ABLED recognized it as public-sector employer of the year.