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The Center is led by two of the nation’s most respected political experts.

Longtime friends, despite political differences, Robert Shrum and Michael Murphy are working together to co-direct the Center.

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Robert Shrum has a storied career as an author and campaign adviser to Democratic candidates.

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Michael Murphy is one of the Republican Party’s most successful political consultants.


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