who is Steve Schmidt?
• Communications director for Senate campaign of Matt Fong in 1998 • Chief strategist in charge of Supreme Court nominations of Samuel A. Alito and Chief Justice John Roberts • Counselor and spokesman for Vice President Dick Cheney • Ran the rapid-response media operation for Bush’s re-election campaign in 2004 • Traveled to Iraq for a month in 2005 to create the Bush administration’s communication strategy • Campaign Manager for re-election campaign of California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2006 • Partner at Mercury Public Affairs, the firm that hired Tim Griffin, one of the U.S. attorneys whose jobs were created by the unlawful firing of 9 prosecutors by the DOJ in 2006 Remember the press blaming Democrats for Martha Alito’s tearful run from the room? That was Schmidt’s artful spin. Schmidt’s comment on the prosecutor scandal? He told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette it was “”mostly a combination of nonsense and politics and provides us no concern at all,” and went on to call Griffin
Steve is a civic minded native of Anoka who has been serving our city all his life. He is chair of our Housing Redevelopment Authority (HRA), serves on the boards of the Anoka Anti-Crime Commission, Anoka Parking Advisory Commission, the Anoka Business and Landowners Association (ABLA) and the Anoka Technical College Foundation. He is the treasurer of the Harlan Thurston Foundation, a foundation that has provided low interest loans to college students for well over three decades. The Lyric Arts Theater, one of the most successful community theaters in the Twin Cities, would not be in Anoka today if it were not for Steves hard work and foresight. In a time when the national and global economies are in a virtual tailspin we need a person on city council who knows and understands business and finance. His civic service record as listed above tells you that he knows and understands the city of Anoka, its governmental structure and its financial standing like few people in out town. He has