B.R. political consultant named a 'Rising Star'
Bradley Beychok, a 30-year-old Democrat from Baton Rouge and campaign director for American Bridge 21st Century, is among 30 young political consultants across the United States included in Campaigns & Elections magazine's list of "2012 Rising Stars" in the industry. The magazine notes Beychok worked as a finance director on former Rep. Charlie Melancon's first House race and later served as Melancon's campaign manager. In 2008, he served as coordinated campaign director for Sen. Mary Landrieu, and then rejoined Melancon's team to manage his challenge of Sen. David Vitter in 2010. It was a hotly contested race, but one that Melancon ultimately lost. Beychok tells Campaigns & Elections, "It was one of those campaigns that you wake up saying, 'I want to swing as hard as I can.' " Fast-forward to 2012, and Beychok is at the helm of American Bridge, a progressive Super PAC employing over 50 people. "I certainly owe a great deal of my path in politics to James [Carville]," says Beychok, who interned for Carville in his early years. Carville, meanwhile, praises Beychok's willingness to take on challenges. "Bradley learned the hard way," he says. "[He's] quickly worked his way from my intern to one of the most sought-after operatives in Washington, D.C." Check out the full feature for more on Beychok and the rest of those included on this year's "Rising Stars" list here.
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