NEW YORK: MGP & Associates president Mike Paul has spent the past six months helping to elevate Bishop Harry Jackson from a moderately visible figure in the Washington, DC, religious community to one of the most prominent faces of the conservative black C
"He's basically a black Christian leader, but he is the opposite of Jesse Jackson," Paul said.
Last week, Paul helped organize a news conference featuring Jackson and Senators Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Sam Brownback (R-KS) calling for confirmation of a Bush-nominated judge who has been filibustered by Democrats and opposed by liberal groups.
Paul says he was referred to Jackson about promoting a book Jackson had written last fall, but that he quickly recognized the potential to position him on a larger stage. Paul asked him, "Do you want to be in the mix?"
Since then, Paul has handled Jackson's media relations and strategy, touting him with success to news outlets as the leader of a new movement. Their relationship is ongoing because, as Paul says, "One of the things you've got to do to keep that [visibility] is to be consistent."