By Hogan, Cyndy Liedtke
Nation's Cities Weekly , Vol. 34, No. 45
Former heads of the country's major political parties will be the speakers for the opening general session of the 2012 Congressional City Conference in March in Washington, D.C.
Ed Gillespie, former counselor to the President and former chairman of the Republican National Committee and Terry McAuliffe, former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, and chairman of Hillary Clinton for President, will speak on Monday, March 12, to attendees of NLC's legislative conference.
Gillespie and McAuliffe will offer their perspectives on the 2012 election, which will be an area of focus for the conference and NLC in the coming year.
"As we enter this critical election year, it is important that we hear from each of the parties to learn what they plan on doing on behalf of our nation's cities," said NLC President Ted Ellis, mayor of Bluffton, Ind. "These are two excellent speakers, who bring a knowledge base from years of experience at the very top levels of our nation's political process."
Gillespie is one of the country's top communications strategists with a long record of success in business, politics and government. He is founder of Ed Gillespie Strategies, a strategic consulting firm that provides high-level advice to companies and CEOs, coalitions and trade associations.
At the beginning of 2010, Gillespie was named chairman of the Republican State Leadership Committee, which helps elect state attorneys general, lieutenant governors, secretaries of state and house and senate candidates across the country.
Gillespie was Counselor to the President in the last 18 months of the George W. Bush Administration.
A former chairman of the Republican National Committee, Gillespie in 2004 became the first GOP chairman in 80 years to preside over his party's winning the White House, House and Senate.
Gillespie was a long-time aide to former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, and as policy and communications director for the House Republican Conference, he was a principal drafter of the Contract with America, the 1994 campaign platform on which Republicans gained control of the House of Representatives for the first time in 40 years. Gillespie is also the author of "Winning Right: Campaign Politics and Conservative Policies."
McAuliffe, a lifelong entrepreneur, key strategist, presidential confidante, party chairman and fundraiser extraordinaire, has long played a part in national politics and the electoral process. …