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Exclusive: Atlanta author Lisa Baron discusses her wild "Life of the Party" political memoir


Atlanta author Lisa Baron had many responsibilities as spokesperson for Christian Coalition director Ralph Reed and GOP political operative. However, it is the job she performed for future George W. Bush press secretary Ari Fleischer on her knees in a Greenville hotel room during the 2000 Republican presidential primary that is liable to cause some exploding heads at Fox News this week.
 
The former Sunday Paper columnist's debut book, "Life of the Party: A Political Press Tart Bares All" (Citadel Press, $14.95) hits stores today.  It's a no-holds-barred, laugh out loud funny peek behind the political curtain. Baron, a "not-so-nice, socially liberal" Jewish girl describes how she ended up working for Reed, the aspiring Georgia Lt. Governor candidate who saw his campaign derailed by his ties to Kryptonite-carrying lobbyist Jack Abramoff. On the book jacket, New York pop culture watchdog website Gawker refers to "Life of the Party" as "'Primary Colors' meets 'Coyote Ugly.'" READ MORE

"Sarah Palin, Ann Coulter and Monica Crowley may think they're pretty bold. But when it comes to baring the secret ardor of a conservative woman, nobody undresses like Lisa Baron." 
 - The New York Daily News  

“Everything you wanted to know about what goes on behind the Christian GOP curtain but were afraid to ask.  Funny, frank, a hilarious trip through a funhouse mirror world of big time politics.” --Republican strategist, former McCain Chief Campaign Advisor, and Time magazine contributor Mike Murphy 

“File Under: To Buy, Books.  This is the Republican version of Primary Colors and ‘Coyote Ugly’ meeting in the middle.” --Gawker 

“This book has everything—sex, scandal, and a naked mattress magnate.  It’s going to be huge.”   –New York Times bestselling author A.J. Jacobs 

Behind our political leaders—yes, even the “moral” ones—is an army of young, horny, professional staffers scrapping it out. Lisa Baron should know—she used to be one of them. This summer she pulls back the curtain to reveal who’s really running Washington in LIFE OF THE PARTY: A POLITICAL PRESS TART BARES ALL (July 2011, Citadel Press, trade paperback original; $14.95).


“Truth really is stranger than fiction in this behind-the-scenes look into the Republican party, hardly the land of first-class morals and model behavior. It’s a fascinating read as Baron recounts true tales of her time working on various state and national GOP campaigns. If you thought politics was boring, this will blow your mind.”

– Instinct Magazine



 Behind most politicians are a bunch of young, overworked, tired and randy staffers, says Lisa Baron, author of the new memoir, “LIFE OF THE PARTY: A Political Press Tart Bares All.”

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. 

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Author Lisa Baron on Being Atlanta's Life of the Party

"Life of the Party: A Political Press Tart Bares All" will suck you in from the first chapter. Literally. (Sorry, dirty joke). The no-holds-barred, laugh-out-loud memoir from Atlanta author Lisa Baron chronicles her former political career, including a huge lobbying scandal (Jack Abramoff), a nationally watched political campaign (Ralph Reed's run for Lt. Governor) and the downfall of it all. Sex, booze binges and Atlanta antics included. We had a few PRESSing questions for Lisa...READ MORE HERE



Lisa Baron had what anyone would call a normal childhood, growing up Jewish in a household with two parents who loved her and pushed her to achieve her dreams.  Leaving home to attend college was the first needed step towards leading an independent life.  Fascinated with politics, Lisa quickly becomes a low level worker on a political campaign.  Will this little taste in politics be enough for Lisa or will she use this as a vehicle to move into the highest echelons in politics? READ MORE HERE

Repubilcan “Press Tart” Reveals Tawdry Encounters In New Book

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


Press Tart” Lisa Baron pens tell-all about Ralph Reed, Christine Whitman, Ari Fleischer and other Republican insiders


Conservative strategist Ralph Reed, former New Jersey Governor Christine Whitman and former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer . (AP Photo (Charlie Neibergall)/ Tom Williams (Roll Call)/ Carolyn Kaster (AP))

Lisa Baron, author of "Life of the Party" and long-time spokeswoman for Ralph Reed. (sarahanna.com)

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

Former “press tart” bares all in tawdry memoir


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


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