Scott Jennings Biography
Scott Jennings is an American writer, CNN and USA Today contributor, and a former appointee in the administration of George W. Bush, and is now a public relations executive and conservative commentator.
President Bush appointed Jennings to the position of Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Political Affairs on October 17, 2005. The White House announced the move in February 2006. He had previously served as Executive Director of the Bush-Cheney campaign in New Mexico in 2004, and as a staff member of the Bush-Cheney campaign in Kentucky in 2000.
Jennings is a founding partner of RunSwitch Public Relations, Kentucky’s largest public relations and public affairs firm since 2013. He has been writing a regular column for the Louisville Courier-Journal since 2013 and was signed as an on-air contributor by CNN in 2017. He is routinely cited as an adviser to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in news publications, and he was part of McConnell’s campaigns for the U.S. Senate in 2002, 2008, and 2014.
Jennings is routinely published in USA Today and RealClear Politics. Jennings is a visible presence on the speaking circuit, briefing groups on the political landscape and taking part in panel discussions.
Scott Jennings Age
Scott Jennings was born in Dawson Springs, Kentucky, U.S. on October 26, 1977. He is 41 years as of 2018.
Scott Jennings Parents
Jennings is a native of Dawson Springs, Kentucky and graduated from high school there in 1996. Jennings was a Coca-Cola National Scholar and featured in the Foundation’s magazine in 2006. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Louisville in 2000 where he was a McConnell Scholar. While a student at the University of Louisville, he was a news anchor and reporter for WHAS Radio. While at WHAS, Jennings won an award from the Associated Press for a several-part series on the plight of the homeless living in downtown Louisville.
Jennings was a member of the 2014 class of Leadership Kentucky, and the 2015 Bingham Fellow’s class in Louisville, Kentucky.
Scott Jennings Wife
Jennings is married to Autumn Stiff Jennings, of Whitesville, Kentucky. Together they have four children. Currently, he and his family live in Prospect, Kentucky.
Scott Jennings Career
Jennings filled in as political chief for President Bush’s 2000 Kentucky crusade, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in his 2002 re-appointment crusade, Gov. Ernie Fletcher in his 2003 crusade, and oversaw President Bush’s battle in New Mexico in 2004, preceding joining the White House. New Mexico was one of just two states to flip from blue to red in the middle of 2000 and 2004; the other was Iowa. He filled in as Associate Director in the Office of Political Affairs at the White House before being named Special Assistant to the President in October 2005.
In the wake of going out, Scott Jennings moved back to Kentucky and was Director of Strategic Development and Senior Strategist for Peritus Public Relations in Louisville, KY, before helping to establish RunSwitch PR in Louisville in 2012. Jennings is every now and again cited by news sources as a political expert. During the 2016 presidential race, he showed up as often as possible on the Fox News Channel and different outlets as an observer examining surveying and the political updates on the day.
In 2017, Jennings joined CNN as an on-air donor. He has shown up on the system and is regularly on shows like AC360 with Anderson Cooper, The Lead with Jake Tapper, and CNN Tonight with Don Lemon. He additionally composes normal supposition pieces for CNN.com. In a 2017 appearance on CNN, Jennings utilized the social catchphrase “Bye, Felicia” to say goodbye to the old duty code after Republicans in Congress passed their assessment upgrade.
Bush 2004 campaign in New Mexico
After losing New Mexico to Al Gore in 2000 by just 366 votes, President Bush’s reelection set its sights on claiming the only state that borders Texas not to go for President Bush in 2000. To that end, the campaign dispatched Jennings to manage its operations. Jennings arrived in early 2004 to find a divided state Republican Party. Shortly after his arrival, the state party chairman, State Senator Ramsay Gorham, resigned both her chairmanship and legislative seat and moved out of the state.
Jennings and Republican Party counterpart Jay McCleskey set about repairing the damaged party, trying to focus activists on the campaign at hand rather than the factionalism. The two worked together to recruit fifteen-thousand volunteers who operated phone banks, went door to door, and executed a grassroots strategy that relied heavily on peer-to-peer, coalition-based activity.
The Democratic establishment spent millions of dollars in the state through the Kerry for President Campaign, the state Democratic Party, and through a host of third-party organizations such as American Coming Together and Moveon.org. The Democrats relied primarily on paid workers; the Bush Campaign and Republican Party utilized mostly volunteer manpower. Bush won the New Mexico election by 5,988 votes, making it one of the closest states in the nation. Along with only Iowa, New Mexico flipped from Democrat to Republican between 2000 and 2004.Scott Jennings
Political operations in Kentucky
Between 2000 and 2003, Jennings directed the political operations for George W. Bush’s presidential campaign, Senator Mitch McConnell’s reelection campaign, and Ernie Fletcher’s gubernatorial campaign. All three were winners. Bush defeated Al Gore in Kentucky, a state Bill Clinton won twice, with 56.5%, McConnell set a record by scoring 65% in his campaign, and Fletcher became the first Republican governor in Kentucky in over 30 years by winning 55% of the vote.
Jennings would go on to resume his work in Kentucky in 2008, helping U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell, Congressman Brett Guthrie, and state legislative Republicans win numerous races.
Jennings Joins CNN
It was announced in June 2017 that Jennings had joined CNN as an exclusive political contributor, along with former Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook, former Kasich chief strategist John Weaver, former Virginia attorney general Ken Cuccinelli, Obama national security alum Shawn Turner, and Yale Law School associate dean and former FBI special agent Asha Rangappa.
Around the time Jennings joined CNN, it was reported in various news outlets that he had been offered but turned down a senior role in the Trump White House.
Jennings Named Resident Fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics
Jennings was named a resident fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics (housed in the Kennedy School of Government) for the Spring 2018 semester. He taught a series of seminars on tribalism in American politics and attracted guest lecturers to his class like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and former White House Chief of Staff and RNC Chairman Reince Priebus.
In 2019, Jennings returned to Harvard’s Kennedy School to serve as an Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, teaching a course on modern American political campaigns.
Scott Jennings Net Worth
Scott is an American writer, CNN and USA Today contributor. Currently, he is a public relations executive and conservative commentator. His estimated net worth is still under review but will be updated as soon as it’s clear.
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Democrats lie like the devil, and the media lets them get away with it
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