Rick Wilson (political consultant)

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Rick Wilson
Richard Wilson

ResidenceTallahassee, Florida, U.S.
OccupationPolitical strategist, author, media consultant
Years active1988–present
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Molly Wilson

Rick Wilson is a Republican political strategist, media consultant and author based in Florida who has produced televised political commercials for governors, U.S. Senate candidates, super PACs, and corporations.[1]

Wilson was a frequent guest on political panel shows during the 2016 United States presidential election, where he aired serial denunciations of Donald Trump and his supporters.[2] He was later a strategist for the Evan McMullin presidential campaign.[3]


Wilson entered the political arena by campaigning for Connie Mack during the 1988 Florida Senate election. He later served on George H. W. Bush's campaign as Florida field director. Wilson was also a presidential appointee to the Department of Defense under then Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney.

In 1994, Wilson joined a Florida media firm, where he created Pollie-award winning ads for Rudolph Giuliani during the 1997 New York City mayoral election. In 1999 Wilson moved to New York City where he initially worked at City Hall, and then later campaigned for Giuliani during the 2000 New York Senate election.


Wilson has written numerous opinion and analysis columns for publications such as The Daily Beast, Politico, The New York Daily News, The Federalist, The Independent Journal Review, and Ricochet,[4][5] and is a frequent guest on various cable- and network news outlets.

Wilson released his first book, Everything Trump Touches Dies, in 2018 and when published it reached number one on the New York Times Non-Fiction Bestseller List for a week.[6]


  1. ^ "Rick Wilson". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 2016-10-28.
  2. ^ "Rick Wilson: Donald Trump's Base Are Neo-Nazis And "Frog Meme Idiots"". www.realclearpolitics.com. Retrieved 2016-10-28.
  3. ^ Leary, Alex (28 January 2018). "The loudest #NeverTrump voice is Florida Republican Rick Wilson". The Buzz. Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  4. ^ Wilson, Rick. "Rick Wilson on about.me". about.me. Retrieved 2016-10-28.
  5. ^ "Author Page Rick Wilson". thedailybeast.com. The Daily Beast. Retrieved October 23, 2017.
  6. ^ "Daily Beast Columnist Rick Wilson's Book Hits #1 on NYT Bestseller List". dailybeast.com. Retrieved 2018-08-08.