Thomas J. Basile is a political commentator, writer and speaker dedicated to advancing a freedom-focused agenda for America’s future. He has been a part of the American political landscape at every level from Presidential campaigns to local politics. Basile has served as Executive Director of the NYS Republican Party, an advisor to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, and in a range of senior-level strategic roles in and out of government. He co-founded of one of the nation’s first independent tea party organizations and in 2011 was featured in Time Magazine's Person of the Year spread about political activism around the world. In addition to his contributions to The Blaze, he is an opinion columnist for Forbes and his commentary also regularly appears on FoxNews.com. Basile is an adjunct professor at Fordham University and runs a growth strategies firm in New York. He is a member of the New York Bar. You can learn more about him at www.TJBasile.com.
Corruption among public officials – particularly elected officials – is the direct result of the existence of a seemingly protected, permanent class of career politicians who are sucked into a culture of perpetual campaigning.