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No. 97: Capitol Weekly Top 100

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97. Rob Stutzman

If he hadn’t become one of California’s top campaign consultants, Rob Stutzman would probably be a well-known political pundit. In fact, even while he manages Republican-leaning campaigns, Stutzman writes insightfully about California’s unique political landscape, with op-eds in major California newspapers. He is also a frequent panel member and television commentator. He was co-chair for communications of the campaign that removed Gray Davis from office and installed Arnold Schwarzenegger. Stutzman then became Schwarzenegger’s deputy chief of staff for communications, and advised the movie star-turned-governor on myriad issues. Stutzman is a charter member of the “Never Trump” wing of the Republican Party, and called conservative commentator Laura Ingraham “an idiot” for her recent attack on Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake. He also was involved in billionaire Meg Whitman’s 2010 run for governor. She lost, but we bet Rob made a lot of dough.

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