This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.Ford O’Connell is a businessman, lawyer, and Republican strategist from Southwest Florida.

A former Florida congressional candidate, Mr. O'Connell is a seasoned campaign veteran at the local, state and national levels. In 2008, Ford served as an adviser to the McCain-Palin presidential campaign.

Mr. O'Connell is a guest commentator on Fox News, Fox Business, and other broadcast media; his political commentary/analysis has appeared in a variety of publications including USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, ABC News, CBS News, the Associated Press, Reuters, Financial TimesThe Washington PostWashington TimesNew York PostU.S. News & World ReportThe HillPOLITICOInvestor's Business Daily, E! Online, People magazine and

He co-authored a weekly column for on redistricting and the importance of state legislative races during the 2010 election cycle. Mr. O'Connell was formerly a contributor at The Hillthe Washington ExaminerU.S. News & World Report and POLITICO's Arena

In 2013, Ford authored Hail Mary: The 10-Step Playbook for Republican Recovery.

Every week, Mr. O'Connell can be heard on Southwest Florida's 92.5 FM Fox News' "The Drive with Trey Radel" discussing the latest happenings on Capitol Hill and the 2022 campaign trail.

Ford's devotion to the conservative causes of limited government, free enterprise and personal responsibility were instilled in him by his grandfather, Henry Salvatori, a longtime Republican activist and advisor to three U.S. Presidents.

Mr. O'Connell's experience with running the nationwide rural outreach program for the McCain-Palin 2008 presidential campaign and participation in numerous campaign get-out-the-vote (GOTV) efforts, including Haley Barbour’s gubernatorial campaign in 2007 and Saxby Chambliss’ 2008 senatorial runoff reelection, drives his focus on connecting the evolving capabilities of social media to the best practices of traditional voter outreach. In 2009, Ford co-founded ProjectVirginia to help Virginia Republicans implement innovative digital media and voter mobilization technologies, with the goal of increasing the Republican majority in Virginia’s House of Delegates. ProjectVirginia was recognized by Campaigns & Elections magazine for this effort, winning the inaugural Reed Award for “Best Use of Twitter” for its work on behalf of multiple campaigns during 2009. Mr. O'Connell was also named a 2010 Rising Star by Campaigns & Elections magazine for his work with ProjectVirginia.

A graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law (Juris Doctor), Ford holds graduate degrees from the University of Mississippi (Master of Arts in Southern Studies), Duke University (Master of Public Policy) and Northwestern University (Master of Science in Journalism), and a bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College where he was a member of the football, basketball and lacrosse teams.

Mr. O'Connell also teaches at The George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management.

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