Share This Event

Event Details

Mon, September 05, 2016

18:00 – 19:30

Villa Sassetti
Via Bolognese 120
Florence, Italy

Inside American Politics: The 2016 Presidential Election

La Pietra Dialogues

Across Italy and around the world, people are talking about the American presidential election and asking: ‘How did the campaign get to this point? And what’s going to happen next?” Steve McMahon, a Democratic political analyst and television commentator, who’s served as a senior advisor in three presidential campaigns and teaches at NYU Washington D.C., will answer these questions and and more.

For more information on this event, please visit the La Pietra Dialogues website.


Featured Biographies

Steve McMahon

Democratic Strategist, co-founder and CEO of Purple Strategies, and Lecturer at NYU Washington D.C.

Steve McMahon is a Democratic strategist and co-founder (with Republican strategists Alex Castellanos and Bruce Haynes) of Purple Strategies, LLC, a bi-partisan advertising, communications and public affairs firm, whose clients include Fortune 500 companies, trade associations and business groups. McMahon got his start in politics on the Senate and political staff of Senator Edward M. Kennedy, where he served as Assistant Press Secretary and, later, as Deputy Director of Kennedy’s PAC, the Fund for a Democratic Majority. McMahon began working as a political strategist and media consultant in 1987, and has worked on dozens of senate, congressional, gubernatorial and mayoral campaigns across the country. He also worked in the U.S. presidential campaigns of House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt and California Governor Jerry Brown. He served as senior political strategist and media consultant for Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential campaign. In 2008, his firm produced the Democratic National Committee’s advertising in support of then-Senator Barack Obama’s presidential campaign against Senator John McCain. On the international front, McMahon and his partners have worked as strategic advisors or campaign consultants on three successful national campaigns—in Venezuela for Carlos Andres Peres; in Nicaragua for Violetto Chamarro; and in Greece for Andreas Papandreaou. McMahon appears regularly as a political commentator on MSNBC, CNN and FOX News, and has appeared often on the NBC Evening News, ABC World News Tonight, and The Today Show.