Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection


Don Nicoll

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 374


Anthony “Tony” Podesta was born on October 24, 1943 in Chicago, Illinois to Mary and John D. Podesta, Sr. He grew up in Chicago, along with his brother, John D. Podesta, Jr. He attended the University of Illinois at Chicago, and graduate school at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). During the 1968 presidential campaign, he left school to work for Eugene McCarthy. After the 1968 campaign, Podesta worked for a short time in admissions offices before becoming active in Edmund S. Muskie's 1972 presidential campaign. Podesta has continued his work as a political consultant in Washington, D.C.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: graduate studies at MIT; 1968 McCarthy campaign; 1968 convention and student response; Joe Duffey Senate campaign; 1972 Muskie campaign; Manchester, New Hampshire incident and William Loeb; David Broder; New Hampshire Primary; Chris Spirou; Dunfey family; organizing candidates in 1968; running a general election campaign instead of a primary campaign; hiring of Rose Economu as the first fulltime female advance person; Muskie's interaction with the voters; recollections of Richard Daley in Chicago; family political interest; and Muskie's legacy.

Use Restrictions

Copyright Bates College. This transcript is provided for individual Research Purposes Only; for all other uses, including publication, reproduction and quotation beyond fair use, permission must be obtained in writing from: The Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library, Bates College, 70 Campus Avenue, Lewiston, Maine 04240-6018.