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SouthBound: Stuart Stevens On His Career As A Republican Consultant, And Why He's Walking Away

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Stuart Stevens, a son of Mississippi, helped Republicans get elected for more than 40 years.

He’s done a lot of other things, too – he’s written several travel books, and TV episodes for shows such as “Northern Exposure.” But he’s best known as a political consultant for candidates such as President George W. Bush and Sen. Mitt Romney.

Now, though, he finds himself walking away from the GOP under Donald Trump. Stevens has written an upcoming book that re-examines Republican thought over the last 50 years, as well as his own role in promoting those thoughts.

The book’s title: “It Was All a Lie.”  

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SouthBound is a production of WFAE. Our host is Tommy Tomlinson. Our audience engagement manager is Joni Deutsch, and our main theme comes from Josh Turner.

Tommy Tomlinson has hosted the podcast SouthBound for WFAE since 2017. He also does a commentary that airs every Monday. He's the author of "The Elephant in the Room," a memoir about life as an overweight man in a growing America. He spent 23 years as a reporter and local columnist for the Charlotte Observer, where he was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize in commentary. He has also written for publications including Esquire, ESPN The Magazine, Sports Illustrated, and Garden & Gun. He’s a graduate of the University of Georgia and was a 2008-09 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. Tommy and his wife, Alix Felsing, live in Charlotte.