Anita Dunn, Bill Knapp, to help UK Conservatives, huh?

Via Lib Dem blogger Mark Pack, Squier, Knapp, Dunn Communications, is going over to help the Tories in the UK:

Advisers close to U.S. President Barack Obama have been drafted by David Cameron to help the Conservatives in their election campaign against Gordon Brown and Labour.

The Tories have signed a contract with Squier, Knapp, Dunn Communications—a Washington-based Democrat-leaning political consultancy— to help them prepare for the first-ever television debates between leaders during a British election campaign...

However, it is the decision of the Tories to reach out across the traditional ideological divide to senior Democrats that is surprising. Their party usually has looked to Republican strategists for advice, with Labour and the Democrats retaining close links.

Ms. Dunn is a veteran of Democrat politics, beginning her career in Jimmy Carter's administration and subsequently working as a consultant on many election campaigns. She returned to the White House with President Obama but left late last year when her husband, Robert Bauer, the president's personal attorney, was unveiled as the incoming White House counsel.

Mr. Knapp made television ads for the Obama campaign, has worked on five presidential campaigns and played a leading role in Mayor Bloomberg's three election wins.

It would be a disaster if David Cameron were to take over as the PM of the UK. What is a Democratic firm doing helping him potentially do it?

I want to disclose too that WebStrong Group has worked with the Liberal Democrats, so I am rooting for the Conservatives or Labour to lack a majority. There's a good chance of that happening too, with the latest poll news showing what would be a split-decision (blog coverage here and here). The upcoming election could wind up resulting in a hung Parliament.

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The race is tightening

The Tories are down to a 5 point lead. If that holds we'll have a hung parliament.


by Charles Lemos 2010-02-28 02:53AM | 0 recs
Green Tories

Haven't the Tories gone totally green?  They seem like a fairly innocuous bunch who would probably be classified as liberal moderates here.

by Bob H 2010-02-28 07:13AM | 0 recs
I also favor the Lib Dems

and would like to see them get a good result.

It's amazing Labour isn't further behind considering the economy and how long they have been in power.

by desmoinesdem 2010-02-28 08:04AM | 1 recs
RE: I also favor the Lib Dems

This poll may be an outlier. However, if it does hold in other polling, it could mean only one thing: despite reforms, conservatives have antagonized the immigrants by saying that they want to cut immigration by 50%. Unlike the Canadian conservatives, who are pro-immigration, the Brit conservatives are a bit to the right on the issue..anyhow, given the ups and downs of the economy, it would be better if the conservatives form a minority government and the labor comes back strong in a year under a new and charismatic leader!

by Boilermaker 2010-02-28 10:56AM | 0 recs


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