Ford O'Connell

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Ford O'Connell
Picture of Ford O'Connell
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Born Ford Courtlandt O'Connell
New York, NY
Residence Naples, FL
Nationality  United States
Education Swarthmore College (BA), Duke University (MPP), University of Virginia (JD), University of Mississippi (MA), Northwestern University (MSJ)
Occupation Political Analyst, Writer, Commentator/Pundit, Lawyer

Ford Courtlandt O'Connell is an American political analyst, Republican strategist and conservative activist. He has worked for several political campaigns, including the McCain-Palin 2008 presidential campaign.[1]

Political Activism[edit]

In 2009, O'Connell founded ProjectVirginia, a political action committee with a mission to help Virginia Republicans seeking public office better utilize social media and voter mobilization technologies.[2]

Campaigns and Elections magazine awarded the 2010 Reed Award for "Best Use of Twitter" to ProjectVirginia.[3] He currently serves as the managing director of Civic Forum Strategies and chairman of CivicForumPAC. In 2010, he was named a "Rising Star" by Campaigns and Elections magazine.

Journalism and Commentary[edit]

O'Connell is a frequent on-air guest commentator for Fox News, Fox Business Network, CNN, CNBC, Newsmax Media, Sky News, British Broadcasting Corporation, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, CTV Television Network, C-Span, Voice of America, Christian Broadcasting Network and P.O.T.U.S. (Sirius XM).

His political commentary and analysis have been published by Fox News, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, ABC News, CBS News, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The Washington Examiner, Associated Press, Reuters,, People (magazine), MSNBC, The Hill, Politico, BBC News, The New Yorker, Newsweek, The Daily Beast, Investor's Business Daily, Bloomberg Businessweek, United Press International, NPR, New York Daily News, New York Post, Mashable, National Review Online, Boston Globe, the Boston Herald, San Francisco Chronicle, Christian Science Monitor, Roll Call, National Journal, RealClearPolitics, Newsmax Media,, Daily Caller, Talking Points Memo, The Texas Tribune, US News and World Report, The Huffington Post, The Week, American Spectator, Sinclair Broadcast Group, Commentary (magazine), The Fiscal Times, The New Republic, TheWrap, and E!, among others.[4]

O'Connell is a regular contributor to the Washington Examiner and The Hill. He was formerly a contributor to The Arena at Politico and U.S. News & World Report.

Background & Education[edit]

O'Connell earned his Juris Doctor (JD) degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, a Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree from Duke University, a Master of Science in Journalism (MSJ) degree from Northwestern University and a Master of Arts (MA) in Southern Studies from the University of Mississippi. He is a member of the Massachusetts Bar. [5]

O'Connell earned his undergraduate degree in Political Science and Religion (BA) at Swarthmore College. While at Swarthmore College, he was a member of the football, basketball and lacrosse teams. O'Connell attended the St. Paul's School (in Concord, New Hampshire), where he earned his high school diploma.[6] Prior to that, he attended the Lawrenceville School (in Lawrenceville, New Jersey) and The Kinkaid School (in Piney Point Village, Texas). Born in New York City, O'Connell is the grandson of Henry Salvatori, an American geophysicist, conservative activist and Republican Party insider.[7]

O'Connell currently resides in Naples, Florida.


  • O'Connell, Ford (2013). "Hail Mary: The 10-Step Playbook For Republican Recovery". North Charleston, South Carolina: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. ISBN 978-1492156888.


O'Connell serves as a professorial lecturer at The George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management.[8]

2016 Presidential Election[edit]

O'Connell was an ardent supporter of Donald Trump.[9]

The book - "American Political Parties Under Pressure: Strategic Adaptations for a Changing Electorate" - credits O'Connell with being one of the first to identify then-candidate Trump's electoral path to victory in the "industrial Midwest" (OH, MI, PA, WI).[10]


  1. ^ "McCain-Palin 2008",; September 2009.
  2. ^ ProjectVirginia website; retrieved May 16, 2012
  3. ^ Campaigns and Elections website; retrieved May 16, 2012.
  4. ^; accessed April 27, 2014.
  5. ^; accessed April 27, 2014.
  6. ^; accessed April 27, 2014.
  7. ^ USC News; accessed Sept. 15, 2015.
  8. ^ George Washington University Graduate School Of Political Management; accessed June 23, 2015.
  9. ^ Reuters; accessed Nov. 10, 2016.
  10. ^ American Political Parties Under Pressure: Strategic Adaptations for a Changing Electorate; accessed December 15, 2017.

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