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The Shadow Candidate Paperback – September 3, 2011
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About the Author
Rich Robinson is the CEO of Robinson Communications Inc., a political consulting firm in San Jose, California. Rich has served in all levels of government including as an aide to former U.S. Senator Alan Cranston, Deputy Insurance Commissioner for the State of California, Senior Consultant in the California State Assembly to Silicon Valley's Assemblyman John Vasconcellos. As a political consultant, he has worked and advised on numerous national, state and local campaigns including Bill Clinton for President, Gary Hart for President, Alan Cranston for President, John Kerry for President and Joe Biden for President. Rich was also privileged to advance Senator Ted Kennedy for the Democratic National Committee in 1986, and the visit of Michelle Obama in San Jose in February of 2008. He was a delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1984 and 2004. Rich is an Attorney and licensed Real Estate broker. He founded Robinson Communications in 1989. Rich lives in Cupertino with his wife, Kathy and they have four grown children. More information, is at robinsonwins.com.
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San Jose political consultant Rich Robinson might be called a man for all seasons. He's not only a campaign strategist, blogger, attorney and real estate broker, he's now also a novelist. His book "The Shadow Candidate'' is published by a Monterey communications outfit ([...]).
We won't spoil the plot, but suffice it to say that it deals with a political consultant and lawyer named Jake Hanna who shares Robinson's outlook that much of the American democratic process is staged.
Robinson has a good sense of plotting and a weaker instinct for female dialogue, but what makes the book intriguing for insiders is the literary payback he dishes out. A character based on Los Angeles celebrity attorney Gloria Allred experiences a delicious Waterloo moment. And a fictional character who shares traits with a consultant who has clashed with Robinson in real life also gets his comeuppance.
Who triumphs in the end? We'll give you one clue: Robinson knows his history. And his protagonist shares a last name with one of the most famous American kingmakers, Mark Hanna of Ohio, who helped elect William McKinley president more than a century ago