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The Adler-Grunwald clan: ultimate D.C. insiders

By Laurie Bennett

June 24, 2013 at 8:56am

While members of the Adler-Grunwald clan have long been fixtures in American journalism and politics, their connections could multiply if Hillary Rodham Clinton runs for president in 2016.

Mandy Grunwald was a media consultant to the 2008 Clinton campaign. She was advertising director for Bill Clinton’s presidential run in 1992.

Grunwald’s brother-in-law, Stephen Adler, heads Reuters News.

Her husband, Matthew Cooper, is a national correspondent for National Journal. (Cooper, best known for his role in the Valerie Plame CIA case, reportedly separated from Grunwald several years ago.)

Mandy and her sister Lisa, a novelist, are daughters of the late Henry Grunwald, former editor of Time magazine and U.S. ambassador to Austria.

Mandy Grunwald helped broker the transition between Daniel Patrick Moynihan and Hillary Clinton, and is reputed to have been the model for campaign adviser Daisy Green in “Primary Colors.”

As entrenched Washington insiders, she and other family members have racked up uncountable power anecdotes. Here’s one of our favorites:

“When Hillary Rodham Clinton gave a baby shower at the White House last summer for Mandy Grunwald, it was an event that prompted one of Ms. Grunwald’s friends, the USA Today columnist Walter Shapiro, to observe that ‘the kid may have peaked too soon.’”
- New York Times, July 20, 1999
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