Debbie Schlussel, a conservative political commentator, columnist,
and business, sports & entertainment attorney/sports agent, is a
University of Michigan graduate, and holds both Law and MBA Degrees
from the University of Wisconsin. Schlussel’s unique expertise on
radical Islam, professional sports, and a host of other political,
social, and pop culture topics make her a popular speaker and television
and radio news talk show guest. Her online fan club is the
Internet’s second largest for a political personality (behind only Ann
as "Enemy #1" by Ms. Magazine ("Women to Watch . . .
and Watch Out For," February/March 2001), Schlussel is a frequent
gueston ABC’s "Politically Incorrect with Bill
Maher" and FOX News Channel’s "O’Reilly
Factor," "Hannity & Colmes," "FOX News
Live," "Beyond the News," and "Judith Regan
Tonight," MSNBC’s "Hardball with Chris Matthews,"
"Buchanan & Press," and "MSNBC Live,"
CNN’s "Crossfire," "Talk Back Live" and
"Weekend Wrap," and ESPN’s "Outside the
Lines."The Hotline, politics’
and talk shows’ most influential newsletter and online website, called
Schlussel a "rising GOP pundit," and The Hotline’s
influential columnist Howard Mortman wrote in his "Extreme
Mortman" column that Schlussel is "one of the fastest
rising young TV pundits today." That webcast was The
Hotline’s most viewed webcast ever.
A regular on the nationally syndicated "The Howard Stern
Show" (audience: 20 million every morning), and frequent
Contributor to nationally syndicated FOX Sports Radio, she has
appeared on C-SPAN’s "Washington Journal,"Tom
Leykis’ and Sean Hannity’s nationally syndicated radio shows,
and many other radio and TV shows. On Election Night 2000, Schlussel was
and continues to be the political analyst for Detroit’s CBS and UPN
Television affiliates, and is was a regular political commentator
on the weekly series, "Flashpoint," on Detroit’s NBC
affiliate, WDIV-TV. In the past, Schlussel was a daily political
commentatoron thenationally syndicated (in 23 states)
morning radio show,"Mancow’s Morning Madhouse,"
a top Chicago morning show, where she successfully predicted John
McCain’s win of the Michigan Republican Primary.
Soon to be launched in syndication, you can read her popular
twice-weekly online column, "Debbie Does Politics," on the
Internet, at the Heritage Foundation’s www.Townhall.com
where she is a Contributor/Columnist. Schlussel is also a frequent
New York Post columnist. Her columns have often been read
on the air by the likes of Rush Limbaugh, on whom she broke the
Monday Night Football story. Schlussel’s columns are also
frequently reprinted and excerpted in several major newspapers,
including The Washington Times and Detroit Free Press.
She has also written columns for FOXNews.com. Schlussel has often
been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Rolling
Stone (on radical Islam), USA Today, including in
its Sports Section (on the Americans with Disabilities Act’s effect on
pro sports), and Sports Business Daily. She has also
written op-ed columns for several publications, including The
Detroit News, The Detroit Free Press, and the Wisconsin
State Journal. A frequent conservative speaker at
conferences, gatherings, and college campuses, Schlussel was a featured
speaker at the 2001 and 2002 NRA Annual Meetings, the 2002 Alpha
Epsilon Pi (AEPi) Fraternity National Convention, and the 2000 Toward
Schlussel worked for Fred Barnes, Editor of The Weekly Standard
Magazine, host of FOX’s "Beltway Boys," and a former regular
on "The McLaughlin Group," and Mort Kondracke, also of the
"Beltway Boys" and formerly of "The McLaughlin
Group," when Barnes and Kondracke were Senior Editors of The New
Republic. Schlussel also worked in Washington for several
Congressmen—including Rep. Phil Crane, Chairman, House Trade
Subcommittee—throughout high school (at one point, she was the
youngest Congressional intern on Capitol Hill) and college.
A lifelong conservative Republican activist, at the age of 21 and
with all odds against her, Schlussel ran for the Michigan House of
Representatives from the suburban Detroit area and lost by just one
vote, the closest election in Michigan political history. In
1986-’87, Schlussel was awarded the title of "Outstanding Teen
Age Republican in the Nation." You can often hear or read
Schlussel’s insightful commentary on various political and
sports-related issues in many publications and on many major radio and
television stations in many major-market cities.
The granddaughter of immigrant Holocaust survivors, Schlussel is
the daughter of a mother who was born in the former Nazi concentration
of Bergen Belsen in Germany, and her father is a Vietnam-era Army
Veteran. Schlussel has literally worked on campaigns for
conservative Republican candidates since she was in the sixth grade,
when she worked on Ronald Reagan’s first campaign for President. In 1988,
Schlussel was the youngest female and youngest Jewish delegate to the
Republican National Convention, a National Youth Vice Chairman of
George H. W. Bush’s 1988 Presidential campaign, and a Youth
Chairman of his 1989 Inauguration.
A long-time member of MENSA, the high IQ society, Schlussel is
a practicing business, information technology, and commercial litigation
attorney. President of her own business, the Schlussel Entertainment
Group, a legal/business company representing professional athletes,
entertainers, broadcasters, media personalities, businesses, a
production company, and providing consulting to professional sports
leagues and teams and collegiate sports programs regarding such issues
as Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance. The real-life,
female "Jerry Maguire," Schlussel has represented athletes and
entertainers in the National Football League, National Hockey League,
Major League Baseball, the Olympics, and even some of The Beach Boys.
Schlussel is the only female member of the Advisory Board of the
Motor City Bowl, an NCAA Division I college football bowl game,
played at the Pontiac Silverdome and Ford Field and has been featured in
both "Who’s Who of Outstanding Young Americans" and
"Who’s Who of Executives." A National Merit Scholar
Finalist, Schlussel also speaks several languages, including
Hebrew, Russian, French and some Arabic.
Schlussel is known as the national expert on the Americans with
Disabilities Act (ADA) as it applies to professional sports, an issue
that has recently garnered her national exposure in light of the suit by
pro golfer Casey Martin against the PGA Tour.
In addition, as a strong supporter of free market/private sector
solutions to societal problems, Schlussel volunteers feeding the needy
at the Eastside Community Shelter on Detroit’s East side, and she has
always done pro bono legal work for worthy needy clients. She is an avid
athlete, who works out regularly, and who won several medals in tennis,
track and cross country running in the 1984 Maccabi Games (the Junior
Jewish Olympics). In 1985, she was a finalist to represent the U.S. in
tennis at the Maccabiah Games (Jewish Olympics) in Israel.
At Southfield Senior High School, a Black majority high school,
Schlussel was voted by her senior class as "Most Likely to
Succeed," along with classmate, former NFL defensive back Torin
Dorn (Los Angeles Raiders, St. Louis Rams).