Baron, who served as a communications and press adviser for several high profile political figures such as California Rep. Darrell Issa, New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman, and Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss, spent her early twenties as a sleep-deprived but eager young employee.
Lisa Baron was a press advisor to Republicans Ralph Reed, Darrell Issa and Christine Whitman. She likens her self to rock groupies like Pamela Des Barres as she tells of encounterslike the one she had with Bush43 press secretary Ari Fleischer in her book Life of the Party. Read More
Lisa Baron dreamed of becoming a White House press secretary. Instead, the hard-partying, self-described “not-so-nice” Jewish political junkie ended up as spokesman for former Christian Coalition director Ralph Reed. Their professional partnership lasted for years (even survived her stint as a sex columnist) until 2005, when Reed’s campaign for Georgia’s Lt. Governor was scuttled by his ties to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
Now she’s dishing about all her former GOP bosses in an upcoming memoir, “Life of the Party: A Political Press Tart Bares All” — and doesn’t hold back: “I hold pretty much everyone in the same measure of contempt, except for friends and family.” A few notable targets:
• Ari Fleischer: The book opens with Baron and the Fleischer sharing an, ahem, intimate moment in a hotel room during the 2000 South Carolina presidential primary. The soon-to-be White House spokesman never returned her calls; awkward when they ran into each other on the campaign trail. She writes: “Note to self: If you’re going to sleep around, sleep around with Democrats.” Read More
Well, we have it as a fact now, thanks to Lisa Baron, that Republicans have raunchy sex, too.
Baron, a former press advisor for well-known Republicans such as Ralph Reed, Darrell Issa and Christine Whitman — a job that also went by the title of “press tart” — once dreamed of being a White House press secretary for a Republican administration.
If she still harbors that aspiration after publishing her tawdry memoir, “Life of the Party,” she can dream on.
“Life of the Party,” to be published by Citadel Press in July, panders to lurid curiosity. It is filled with material sure to interest columnists who trade in the gossip of this town’s bold-faced names, as well all those politically ambitious (and anonymous) underlings who roam the halls of government. Think Chelsea Handler, but aimed at 20somethings with “staff assistant” in their title. Read More