Dave Beattie: School board candidate, Scuba instructor-turned uber pollster
Good Roll Call piece on the pride of Fernandina Beach, Democratic pollster Dave Beattie: Dave Beattie did something strange his junior year of high school: He ran for public office.
At 18, he was elected to the Vestel, N.Y., Board of Education. And as one of the pre-eminent Democratic pollsters in the country, Beattie has won a lot of elections since.
Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.) calls him "an under-the-radar secret weapon" for Democrats, and Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) relies on him to poll for his battleground re-election campaign. Based in Florida but known in political circles around the country for his sound polling, work ethic and keen analytical eye, he is the president of Hamilton Campaigns, a Democratic polling and political consulting firm.