MAN BEHIND THE MESS

HOW A FORMER BOUNCER WOUND UP IN THE WHITE HOUSE--AND IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FILEGATE SCANDAL

Every political event has a Craig Livingstone standing somewhere near the stage. He's the overweight advance man who's trying to look like a Secret Service agent--the one conspiring into his cell phone and swaggering through the crowd with beepers and walkie-talkies bristling from his belt. Every campaign needs people like Livingstone; they book the hotels, hire the copy shops, polish off the buffet-table spreads and try to make others at the hotel bar think they were in the room for the big strategy session. If the candidate wins, some land staff jobs with impressive-sounding titles. In 1993, after helping prepare campaign...

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