" Hampton, Ph.D
is a fictional character
from the American serial drama The West Wing
, portrayed by Moira Kelly
. She was White House media consultant
during the first season of the show, and the former girlfriend of Deputy White House Chief of Staff Josh Lyman
, with whom she often clashed. A savvy political strategist and no-nonsense negotiator, the character was said to have been based on real-life political media adviser Mandy Grunwald
, a Democratic political consultant and media adviser who worked on the presidential campaigns for both Bill Clinton
and Hillary Clinton
. Moira Kelly said of her character, "She's a fighter in a difficult business and has a lot of strength."
Although Kelly was a primary cast member during the first season, Mandy was featured infrequently as the season progressed; Aaron Sorkin
said early on in Season 1 that her character was not working out, and that he and Kelly had shaken hands and agreed that Mandy would have less of a focus because she would not be returning for Season 2. Read more...