(Dan introduces Vice President Mike Pence and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy at fundraiser in Los Angeles.)
Dan Palmer knows politics.
Palmer’s prescience and ability to authoritatively question conventional wisdom are why the media turns to Dan to explain our high stakes 2020 election. Palmer currently serves as a contributor to THE HILL and has appeared numerous times as a commentator on FOX NEWS.
From planning Ted Cruz’s potential transition roadmap to recruiting major donors of the California GOP into the New Majority or investing in leaders like Kevin McCarthy and Donald Trump, Dan has been at the forefront of advancing the Conservative Movement and Republican Party.
Palmer understood the political climate in 2016 before the race even began. Traveling throughout the United States, he witnessed a common theme: people were pissed, they felt left behind. His synopsis was simple: Since our presidential election lacked an incumbent on the ballot, it was the first time that voters could adjudicate their grievances on the national level in nearly a decade. While the punditry was obsessed with the ‘inevitable’ nomination of Jeb Bush, Dan knew this wasn’t going to happen. Having served as Executive Director for Ross Perot’s “United We Stand” (CA) organization, Palmer saw familiarities in the anti-establishment mood and the desire for change. He told friends from the get-go that the ground was fertile for a true outsider to run – and win.
But besides compelling political analysis, who is Dan Palmer?
He is a husband. A father of a college-aged daughter. The son of first-generation immigrants. An investor and real estate developer. A political strategist and financier. An entrepreneurial philanthropist.
A lifelong surfer from Malibu. He studied in Switzerland for part of his high school years, and was a beer vendor during football games while at University of Colorado Boulder. He rowed crew at Georgetown while finishing his degree.
Dan’s political ideology began to take shape while in college. As a Californian, Palmer identified with then-President Ronald Reagan’s brand of Republicanism rooted in the Barry Goldwater/ Western conservative principles: personal liberty, limited government, self-reliance, life, 2nd Amendment, peace through strength and entrepreneurship. Dan would later befriend the 40th President, who was a guest at his wedding to the beautiful Ashley Bren. He cherishes his interactions with “The Gipper” and fondly remembers fun times like listening to Reagan tell stories about college football and old movies while riding around with him on a golf cart at Walter Annenberg’s Sunnylands private golf course estate. To this day he considers himself a Reaganite and gravitates towards candidates and causes that overlap with those Western Republican values.
After graduation, Dan built his first real estate business in his 20’s with his brother Geoff. He played polo and learned to fly helicopters. Expanded his real estate empire with new ventures in his 30’s and 40’s while focusing on fatherhood.
Now in his 50’s, Dan is a recovering ski racer and cancer survivor who regards his previous battle with the illness as much a spiritual journey as a medical one. A lifelong adventurer, traveler, and collector of interesting friends, Dan has entered the arena of public opinion to talk Politics, Public Policy, Business, and Philanthropy.
(Dan pictured in front of Air Force One.)