Nick Ragone is an author, attorney and public relations executive in New York City. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Rutgers University, and is a graduate of the Eagleton Institute of Political Science at Rutgers University (undergraduate) and the Georgetown University Law Center.

He is the author of three books: Essential American Government, Everything American Government, and President's Most Wanted. Nick is a regular contributor to the Fox News Channel and Fox Business, the PIX11 Morning Show, and has a weekly appearance on the popular Raph Bailey Radio Show.  He co-anchored PIX11's five-hour live inauguration coverage with Jim Watkins and Kaity Tong.

Nick is a contributor to Donklephant.com, one of the most influential political blogs on the web, and  has written for US News & World Report, The Star-Ledger, Real Simple Magazine and RealSimple.com.  Nick has been quoted in over two dozen stories on politics, the presidency, and public relations.  In December of 2007, Nick was named one of PR Week's 40 under 40 to watch, and in May of 2008 was featured in "Profiles of Success", a book about public relations. Nick lives in Jersey City, NJ, with his wife and two children, and spends what little free time he has obsessing on the Mets.

Nick can also be found on Facebook. http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=740817853




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Sweet Caroline

Caroline Kennedy's candidacy is going to be great political theater over the next few weeks. 

It's fascinating to see how quickly she's emerged as the front-runner to fill Hillary Clinton's Senate seat.  At this point, there seems to be two candidates:  Caroline and not-Caroline.

She has some prominent supporters, like Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who all but endorsed her yesterday, and Mayor Bloomberg.  Even Hillary has gone out of her way to make it known that she's not part of the "stop Caroline" crowd.

But the long knives are out, too.  Congressman Ackerman took a cheap shot the other day, as did Randi Weingarten, president of the United Federation of Teachers (and someone you'd think would be an ally, given Caroline's work on education reform).

The strongest resistance seems to be coming from upstate New York, where they're less impressed with her star power and Manhattan social status.   And so Caroline is wisely embarking on a Hillary-esque "listening tour" in places like Buffalo and Rochester over the next few days to make nice with the locals.

All of this chatter about Caroline is actually good news for Patterson.  In a way, Caroline will have to go through a mini-primary over the next few weeks -- one that Patterson can watch closely before making a decision. 

Smart money says that he wants to select Caroline -- her fund raising prowess, name recognition, and pure star power will be good for his re-elect bid in 2010.   But at the same time, he surely wants to see if she can take a hit or two -- from both fellow Democrats and the New York tabloid media -- and keep on trucking.   It's impossible to succeed in the New York arena without having a strong backbone and a good counter-punch -- something Caroline Kennedy has never needed to exhibit in public.  Patterson has a few weeks to see her in action.

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You must have been reading my mind...I was just wondering what you would say about Caroline's candidacy. Now that she's in the spotlight, it should be interesting to see how this all plays out in the media (esp tabloids as u noted).

December 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMW

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