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Craig Crawford

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Craig Crawford is one of Washington DC’s most popular pundits. His wit and wisdom are featured almost daily on national television and radio programs, and he blogs daily for CQ-Roll Call on a wide range of national issues. His writings appear regularly in newspapers and web sites throughout the country. A regular on “Imus in the Morning,” Don Imus recently commented, “I love this guy. He’s naturally smart and funny.” The Washington Post hailed Crawford as “one of the capital's most celebrated journalists” in a profile. Craig's first book, "Attack the Messenger," published by Rowman & Littlefield, is available in hardcover and paperback on Amazon.com. His second book for Rowman & Littlefield, "The Politics of Life," is now available on Amazon.com. His latest book is "Listen Up, Mr. President: Everything You Always Wanted Your President to Know and Do".

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Craig Crawford is a veteran Washington journalist. He has covered the nation's capital since 1989 for a variety of publications and broadcasters, including Congressional Quarterly, Roll Call, National Journal, The Hotline, The Orlando Sentinel, CBS News, MSNBC and “Imus in the Morning” on Fox Business.

Crawford blogs daily on a wide range of national issues. His writings appear regularly in newspapers and web sites throughout the country, and his blog features a large community of active and lively participants in its comments sections. He is often featured on a variety of national television and radio programs.

Before joining Congressional Quarterly in 2003, Crawford was Editor-in-Chief of The Hotline, an online news digest that is an institution inside the Beltway and out. Prior to running The Hotline, Crawford was The Orlando Sentinel's Washington Bureau Chief and had been working for the newspaper since 1985 covering legal issues, politics and presidential campaigns.

Crawford practiced law in Florida, specializing in products liability, before becoming a journalist. He also once ran unsuccessfully for a state legislative seat in Orlando (1982) and worked in three Democratic presidential campaigns (1976-84: Jimmy Carter, John Glenn, Walter Mondale), so he has seen both sides of the media and politics world. Although no longer practicing law, Crawford is still a licensed attorney in the Florida Bar.

While in high school, Crawford served as a United States Senate page (1972, appointed by Sen. Ed Gurney, R-Florida) and as a college student worked in the White House Press Office (1977, Carter Administration). He has lived in Washington, DC, since 1989 with his partner, David Blank, and in 2000 was hailed by The Washington Post as “one of the capital's most celebrated journalists.”

Craig is the author of Attack the Messenger, (Rowman & Littlefield) and The Politics of Life (Rowman & Littlefield) - most recently available in paperback.   He is also the co-author of Listen Up, Mr. President: Everything You Always Wanted Your President to Know and Do.  All of his books may be purchased on Amazon.com.

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