Dec 17, 2012

Come in Spinner: life in the political advisor wilderness

What do political advisers do when their team loses and can no longer work for the government? Usually they head off to a lobby group or law firm to bide their time.

Noel Turnbull

Adjunct professor of media and communications at RMIT University.

In the US, some advisors who served in the first Obama term have already moved, or are planning to move, onto K Street for a rest and a chance to earn some serious money. Lots of Republican wannabe advisors are wondering what eight years in the wilderness will do to their careers after missing out on the jobs they expected to flow from a Romney victory.

Meanwhile, in Australia some ALP advisors are making the move out before the election and some opposition hopefuls (including some who have already scored jobs in state and territory coalition governments) are busy manoeuvring for new ones if the opposition wins the next federal election.

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