Garry South Consulting

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"The James Carville of California"

Garry South has more than 40 years’ experience at very high levels in government, politics and business consulting. He has worked for both the federal government and state governments in three different states, including as Special Assistant to a U.S. Cabinet Secretary, Senior Political Advisor to a Governor, Communications Director to another Governor, Chief of Staff to a Lieutenant Governor and Public Information Director of a State Legislature.

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Latest from Garry South
A third party in California? Sorry, not going to happen

LA Times

January 17, 2019

Could the burgeoning number of independent voters in California constitute the basis for a third party, to compete with the Democrats and the Republicans? I regularly get calls from national political reporters asking for reaction to this prospect, and now some state-based pundits are suggesting Cal... Read More
My turn: Not to say I told them so, but I did tell CA Republicans so

CALmatters

December 13, 2018

There’s a hoary, but self-evident, saying in retail, “You can’t sell cat food if cats don’t like it.” The California Republican Party on life-support should take that maxim to heart, but it probably won’t. In 2013, when former state Sen. Jim Brulte took over the chairmanship of the state Repub... Read More
California dreamin’ in the 2020 presidential race

The Hill

December 11, 2018

We’ve barely recovered from the 2018 mid-terms, but the air is already thick with speculation about whether a candidate from California will enter the 2020 race for president. And some potential candidates are making moves that encourage that speculation. Freshman U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris is writi... Read More
California’s lieutenant governors rarely move up to the top job

San Francisco Chronicle

May 21, 2018

The office of California’s lieutenant governor is often referred to by the unflattering diminutive “lite gov.” But it can get even worse. When I was chief of staff to Lt. Gov. Gray Davis two decades ago, a group of fourth-graders came by our office in the state Capitol, across the hall from the gove... Read More