Bob Mulholland

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For the Ontario, Canada politician, see Robert Mulholland.

Bob Mulholland is a California based political activist. He was a senior advisor to the California Democratic Party from 1991 to 2010.

He is married to Jane Dolan, who served from 1979 to 2011 as Butte County Supervisor of the second district in California.

From 1992, he was a political consultant to Tony Blair and the Labour Party (UK). The campaign techniques he introduced helped "New Labour" to its decisive election victory in 1997.[1]


Mulholland gained attention for his activities in the United States Senate election in California, 1992. Four days before the election, when polls showed Bruce Herschensohn one point behind, Mulholland disrupted a Herschensohn appearance with a large poster advertising a strip club and shouting "Should the voters of California elect someone who frequently travels the strip joints of Hollywood?" Herschensohn admitted he had visited a strip club once, with his girlfriend and another couple. But press coverage of his "frequenting" such establishment required him to spend the last days of the campaign denying related allegations. Barbara Boxer won the election by five points. Mrs. Boxer denounced Mulholland, and then party chairman Phil Angelides suspended him from his job as the party's political director. He was reinstated two weeks later.[2][3]

He participated in killing a 2007 proposal that the party censure U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein for her failure to oppose the confirmation of Judge Michael Mukasey as U.S. Attorney General.[4] He is quoted as saying "It is going to be thrown out and rejected. Sometimes people can't anticipate or can't understand the big picture."[5]

In the United States presidential election, 2008, he criticized John McCain for his age and for contemplating a campaign for California's electoral votes.[6]


  1. ^ Marinucci, Carla (May 16, 2007). "SFGate: Politics Blog  : The Spin Cycle: How Tony Blair borrowed the California Democrats' playbook". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2008-12-07. "Mulholland, the state's most famous political attack dog, has been consulting with Blair's Labor Party dating back to 1992 -- when Labor insiders came to California to learn first-hand how to do bare-knuckled politics." 
  2. ^ Steinberg, Arnold (2000-11-17). "Beware the Trickster: Bob Mulholland oversees the recounting of the ballots in Florida". National Review. Retrieved 2008-12-07. "That vintage Mulholland maneuver made it all but impossible for Herschensohn to stay on-message during the campaign's crucial closing days."  Steinberg is a Republican political strategist in Sherman Oaks.
  3. ^ Fund, John (December 5, 2005). "Arnold's 'Harriet Miers Moment' - Has Gov. Schwarzenegger jumped the shark?". John Fund on the Trail - (Wall Street Journal). Retrieved 2008-12-07. 
  4. ^ Jacobs, Rick (November 19, 2007). "Feinstein Censure Killed Without a Vote". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2008-12-07. 
  5. ^ hekebolos (anonymous blogger) (November 15, 2007). "CA Dem insider re: Feinstein: "you don't get the big picture" (UPDATE)". Daily Kos. Retrieved 2008-12-07.  Self described "radical leftist angry frothing blogger", probably in California.
  6. ^ Nowicki, Dan (April 30, 2008). "McCain won't concede Calif. to Democrats". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved 2008-12-07. 

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