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Jordan S. Lieberman: The FishbowlDC Interview

jslcamelec.jpgSay hello to Jordan S. Lieberman, publisher of Campaigns & Elections magazine.

How many suits do you own? 5. Sadly, only 3 really fit.

What word do you routinely misspell? Bureaucracy.

Did you see Brokeback Mountain? No, not that there’s anything wrong that.

Did you see The Da Vinci Code? Yes.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? “Cingular Tune” because I can’t figure out how to download “Riding Dirty.” Can someone put me in touch with Martha Raddatz?

What time did you get up this morning? 5:30am, because our 2 year old wanted to watch Clifford.

When did you last cry and why? I sobbed uncontrollably in front of a Westfield Leader reporter June 6th, 2000 when we lost a tough congressional primary race I was managing.

Which of the seven deadly sins are you? Wrath… definitely wrath.

Beach, city or country? Country, because you can’t plant peonies in sand or concrete.

Would you say you’re cute? Pretty? Hot? Beautiful? Somewhere between Chuck Todd and Brad Pitt.

Read the rest when you click below…(and see previous FishbowlDC interviews: Julie Mason, David Shuster, Joe Curl, Alex Pareene, Peter Beinart, Jonah Goldberg, Megyn Kendall, Ana Marie Cox, Jim Brady, Howard Mortman, Amy Argetsinger, Jose Antonio Vargas, Chuck Todd, Tom Gottlieb, Kelly Ann Collins, David von Drehle, David Lat, Mark Leibovich, Zain Verjee, David Plotz, Paul Kane, Karen Travers, Mark Halperin, Hugo Gurdon, Greg Kelly,Ken Rudin, John Dickerson, Anne Schroeder, Spencer Ackerman, Bret Baier, Bob Sellers, Greta van Susteren, Danielle Jones, Jonathan Salant, John McCalla, Pam Hess, Ryan Grim, Marc Ambinder, Marty Kady, Jack Shafer, Annie Lou Bayly, Jerry Zremski, Charlie Cook, Dave Hughes, Howard Fineman, Katie Tarbox, Mark Segraves, Chris Cillizza, Tom Sietsema, Bill Triplett, Robin Givhan, David Brody, Norah O’Donnell, Carl Cannon)


What color is your bathroom? White.

How many emails do you receive a day, roughly? Around 200- 300. The customer service email for Campaigns & Elections magazine links directly to my Blackberry. Emails roll in all night from our readers in Australia.

What’s your opinion of New York City? Been there, done that. I lived in New York from 1998 to 2002. Doing politics in New York is like doing finance in DC, it generated lots of blank stares.

What’s your favorite letter? E

What single person played the biggest role / had the biggest influence on your journalism career? My wife, because she has an unmatched bullshit detector. Wally Edge, because he made politics fun after June 6, 2000. (see “When did you last cry and why?”)

Have you ever downloaded a podcast? If so, which one? Not yet, but I fear it’s only a matter of time.

Who’s your all-time favorite American Idol candidate? Chris Daughtry, he was robbed.

When’s the last time you volunteered? Where? Last week, I donated to a charity for disabled kids. Half my staff runs marathons for charity, or at least they pretend to.

Who is your favorite active journalist? There are too many to list. On the other side, I refuse to read anyone who headlines their article “Candidates Trade Barbs.”

What did you have for breakfast? Tea, lots of it.

What’s your favorite item of clothing? I have a sweater that makes me look like Mr. Rogers. I’ll never get rid of it despite how many times you laugh at me.

What one toiletry item could you not live without? Toothbrush… my parents, sister, uncle and cousins are all dentists. I fear cavities.

If you could have one superpower, which one would it be? I’d like to shoot heat rays from my eyes, like Superman. I try sometimes, but it never works.

Better role model: GIJoe? Barbie? GI Joe, because he could actually find the terrorists hiding in caves.

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