Lis Smith

This roving Democratic communications pro has worked for governors and for President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign. But she gained a different kind of notoriety when reports emerged of a romantic relationship with disgraced former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, whose comeback city controller campaign she helped run. Having weathered that tabloid storm, she’s back to ably and viscerally slicing at Republicans of all stripes online. —Dan Hirschhorn

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