Second Half of YDS Interview with Connie Schultz About Campaign Book
The second half of my interview with Connie Schultz is now posted on the State sub-page. The first half is located here.
In the second half we continued our discussion of her new book about the 2006 Senate campaign of her husband Sherrod Brown, due out on June 19th. Schultz describes in detail the evening when she and Sherrod decided that he would run (inspired by watching "The West Wing"), and recounts the promises they made to each other about the campaign. She describes the origins of her political views, and how those views (and one particular episode) shaped her approach to campaigning. She addresses Brown's controversial vote on the Military Commissions Act late in the campaign, and identifies an issue where she and her spouse cannot agree. She describes her negative reaction to comments by James Carville at a fundraiser, relates her moving and sometimes hilarious encounters with voters on the campaign trail, and details her criticisms of journalists and bloggers. We hear about the "plagiarism" flap early in the campaign and the "marijuana-laced banana" allegation in the final candidates debate, and the moment when she knew that it was all but over. In this part of the interview we also talked about topics beyond the book and the campaign, including how she first met her husband, thoughts on winning the Pulitzer Prize, and returning to writing her column.
Read the second half of the interview.