- - Wednesday, December 14, 2016

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The Washington Times’ newest columnist will be offering a Texas take on the doings along the Potomac as President Trump sets up his administration and prepares to govern.

Matt Mackowiak’s “Outside the Beltway” debuts Thursday and will run weekly in the Times’ political news section. The Austin-based Mr. Mackowiak will also host a new national politics podcast produced in partnership with The Washington Times, offering probing interviews with key officials and thought leaders at WashingtonTimes.com/MackOnPolitics.

Mr. Mackowiak has been a well-known figure in Republican circles for more than a decade, having served as a political consultant and as the press secretary to Republican Sens. Conrad Burns of Montana and Kay Bailey Hutchison of his native Texas. He worked with the presidential advance team in the George W. Bush administration and on Mr. Bush’s successful 2004 re-election campaign.

He can also be seen as a frequent commentator on politics and policy on Fox News, MSNBC, the BBC and other major media outlets, and has written for such publications as The New York Observer, The Hill and the Austin-American Statesman.

The 2003 University of Texas graduate is president of Potomac Strategy Group LLC, with offices in Austin and Washington. Mr. Mackowiak and his wife Suzanne live in Austin where they are raising “two spoiled dogs,” Ginny and Jasmine.

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