Perhaps it is best to refer to him as the Chief Strategist for Obama’s Presidential campaign but his name is David Axelrod – political consultant, analyst, and an accomplished journalist. His campaign management team was responsible for the
success of Congressman Paul Simona as an elected senator of the United States in the 1948 elections and since then, his clientele has enlarged to include successful campaigns for several Democrats like Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton.
David’s roster also includes some Afro-Americans whom he has assisted in getting elected in Landmark victories, notable among them is Barack Obama in 2008, as well as 2012. After Obama’s
victory, he took a post as the president’s senior advisor from 2009 to 2011. Presently, David Axelrod is serving at the University of Chicago as the director of the non-partisan Institute of Politics and he is also with CNN as a political Commentator. Moreso in the past, he had functioned as a journalist, with his first job being a political analyst with Chicago Tribune. Later on, in 2013, he moved over to MSNBC and NBC as a senior political analyst. That same year, he assisted with the electioneering campaign of Monti – the prime minister of Italy, which is an indication of his success not only nationally but internationally.
The Political Consultant is known to have established AKPD Message and Media and in addition to that, he is also an accomplished author and his book “Believe: My Forty Years in Politics” is a New York bestselling memoir which was published by him in 2015. “The Axe Files” is the title given to his podcast
which he went ahead to host in the same year.
Who Is David Axelrod?
He was born on the 22nd of February 1955 and his place of birth is the Lower East Side of Manhattan in New York City but David Axelrod spent his formative years in Stuyvesant Town area. He is of American nationality as indicated by his place of birth and his
ethnicity is white. His parents were liberal Jews engaged in professional jobs. His dad’s name was Joseph Axelrod – a psychologist and he was an immigrant from Eastern Europe to the US at age 11. David’s mum has been identified as
Myril Bennett – she worked as a journalist at a liberal-leaning 1940s newspaper known as PM, later in life, she proceeded to Young & Rubicam where she occupied the position of an advertising executive. However, his parent’s marriage ended when he was eight and his father is known to have committed suicide in 1977.
Education & Career
David Axelrod achieved his early education from Public School 40 in Manhattan and continued at Stuyvesant High School, graduating in 1972. According to the political strategist, he was motivated by a sense of idealism during his formative years, the
inspiring speech he witnessed at the age of five from the then president of the United States John F Kennedy in New York set his life on a political course and he is said to have contributed to
Robert F. Kennedy’s campaign by selling campaign buttons.
After Stuyvesant High School, he proceeded to study Political Science at the University of Chicago. During his undergraduate years, David Axelrod was already writing quality content on
politics for the Hyde Park Herald and his internship was accomplished at the Chicago Tribune where he continued to work after graduation. By the time he was 27, he had already gained acclaim as the youngest political writer in the history of Chicago Tribune. However, he resigned from the paper in pursuit of a career as a campaign consultant after eight years of working as a political journalist. Needless to say that David Axelrod made a
resounding success of his career in his chosen field.
His Wife, Daughter
During his years at the University of Chicago, David Axelrod met his soul mate Susan Landau – a then student of Business. The duo got married in 1979 and in 1981, they had their first child, a daughter named Lauren who was diagnosed with epilepsy in her seventh month. They had other children – two boys named Ethan and Michael.
As a result of his daughter’s ailment, David’s mother and his
mother-in-law collaborated to run an organization with the responsibility of creating awareness on epilepsy.
Sources have pegged David Axelrod’s net worth at a tidy $3 million which has come mainly from his career as a political analyst and it is believed that his stint as a journalist may be responsible for a few digits of his net worth.
Furthermore, his wealth is expected to show some positive growth at the next review since the political consultant is still very much relevant in his field.