Tony Podesta grew up in Chicago, the eldest child of a first-generation Italian immigrant and a Greek mother.
Podesta later organized presidential races for several of Democratic Party "losers", including Eugene McCarthy, George McGovern and Michael Dukakis and served "time on the Hill" as a consultant and staffer.
As counsel to Ted Kennedy, Podesta was a driving force behind the Massachusetts senator's bitterly fought campaign to derail the Supreme Court nomination of Robert Bork in 1987, an "episode that is widely remembered as having launched the era of relentlessly personal attacks" in Washington. Podesta also ran the Clinton-Gore campaign in Pennsylvania in 1996.
People for the American Way
Reception Honoring Martha Coakley
On Jan. 12, 2010 a reception honoring Martha Coakley was held at the Sonoma Restaurant, 223 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington D.C. Among those present were Senator John Kerry and Representatives, Ed Markey, Richard Neal, William Delahunt, John Tierney, Stephen Lynch, Barney Frank, John Olver, Jim McGovern, Michael Capuano and Niki Tsongas.
Hosts of the reception donated $10,000 and included Nick Allard, Thomas Hale Boggs Jr., the Boston Scientific Political Action Committee, Chuck Brain, Susan Brophy, Mary Beth Cahill, Steve Champlin, Licy Do Canto, Gerald S. J. Cassidy, David Castagnetti, Steve Elmendorf, Candy Ergen, Cahrlie Ergen, Shannon Finley, Larry Harris, Tom Hogan, Carol Kenner, Stephanie Markiewicz, Andy Miller, Heather Podesta, Tony Podesta, Robert Raben, Linda Singer and Bill Titelman.
Co-hosts of the reception donated $5,000 and included Marty Bienenstock, Sheryl Cohen, Chad Dale, Joe Eyer, Jamie Gorelick, Robin Leeds, Fred Liowther, Bernie Nash, Frank Purcell of the CRNA (Nurse Anesthetists) Political Action Committee and Melissa Schulman.