Many political and public affairs consultants base themselves in Washington, DC. After all, that’s where the greatest concentration of clients and activity exists for those of us in the business.
But being inside the Beltway Bubble sometimes gives a distorted view of the world. As it turns out, in the rest of America, people don’t tend to watch every Sunday show. They can’t name every cabinet secretary. They have no idea who chairs Ways & Means — or probably even what the committee does or that it even exists!
Anne Hathaway (the former chief of staff at the RNC, not the movie star) wrote an excellent piece for Campaigns & Elections that outlines the benefits of being a consultant based outside the Beltway. As a digital public affairs consultant based in New Hampshire, I would echo much of what she says. Oh, and an added benefit is accumulating frequent flyer miles for all of my trips to DC — even when we live in Real America, it’s hard to avoid going into the belly of the beast from time to time.