Magazine article The American Prospect

The Peas-Keeper

Magazine article The American Prospect

The Peas-Keeper

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TERRY McAULIFFE MAY no longer he helming the Democratic National Committee, but on a sweltering Wednesday night in early June, he was still carrying its torch high at the National Building Museum, where he and onetime Republican vice-presidential candidate Jack Kemp helped launch Rock the Vote's 15th-anniversary party and awards show. Photographers thronged the red carpet, awaiting the arrival of celebrities from petite R&B singer Mya to maverick Republican--and award honoree--Senator John McCain.

Justin Paschal, 30, McAuliffe's former chief of staff, could also be found waiting outside before the event, clad in a rock-star-appropriate attire of black shirt and casual, high-end jeans instead of his usual suit. He wasn't just there for his old boss, though. In addition to being the new development director for Rock the Vote, Paschal was there as political director for the Grammy Award-winning Los Angeles-based group The Black Eyed Peas. When the Peas' tour bus arrived from New York, it would be his job to climb aboard and brief the group on the night ahead.

Once upon a time, when rock bands wanted to hook up with the political world, they would turn to high-powered publicists at traditional media agencies to broker the introductions and place them at the right events. But for a group like the Black Eyed Peas, whose members were so involved in events during election 20040 that they were set to be awarded Rock the Vote's Patrick Lippert Award that evening, having a broker who's a political insider as well is the hot new way to go. …

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