COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina’s former Democratic Party chairman again reached across the aisle Wednesday, this time with an announcement that he is co-authoring a book with a former GOP staffer about what it takes to build a Capitol Hill career.
“Climbing the Hill: How to Build a Career in Government and Make a Difference” is being published by Ten Speed Press/Penguin Random House, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, with plans for a fall 2018 release, Jaime Harrison said.
Harrison’s co-author is Amos Snead, a founding member of S-3 Public Affairs and spokesman for former House Republican Whip Roy Blunt of Missouri. Snead also founded FamousDC.com, a networking platform for Hill staffers.
Bipartisan efforts aren’t foreign territory for Harrison, who up until earlier this year served as South Carolina’s Democratic chairman and is now a counselor to the Democratic National Committee. During his tenure as chairman, Harrison and GOP counterpart Matt Moore frequently teamed up at events around the state, hosting a voter education symposium and co-teaching a class on political parties at the University of South Carolina.
Harrison — who directed floor operations for former House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, a Democrat from South Carolina, and also worked for The Podesta Group, a Washington lobbying firm co-founded by Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta — told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he hoped his and Snead’s book can serve as evidence that America’s two major political parties don’t always have to argue for argument’s sake.
“It was an honor working in government and specifically on Capitol Hill,” Harrison said. “We want to share our stories and lessons to help others build successful careers and make a difference.”