Columbia’s new branch of the political consulting business, Rosman & Associates, can add years of experience to a candidate’s campaign, along with a lot of enthusiasm.
Owner David Rosman, who established himself in Denver over the past 25 years, decided to move to Columbia after being offered a job here. After the potential job fell through, Rosman quickly made local politics a main priority, and he chose to start a business here based on new markets and growth opportunities.
“Politics is addictive,” Rosman said. “It becomes so addictive to the point where I can talk about other things, but politics always creeps its way in.”
The Columbia branch of Rosman & Associates opened on Jan. 1 of this year, and Rosman has wasted no time immersing himself in work. As a political consultant, Rosman works with potential candidates and offers advice to them in order to make their campaign more successful.
Rosman & Associates was founded in 1992, with an original focus on lobbying for consumer groups. In its first three years, the firm helped with the passage of two consumer-related health insurance laws. Rosman also was named co-chair on U.S. Congresswoman Patricia Schroeder’s committee in 1996, after writing “Management of Human Resources” for Regis University Press.
Clients of Rosman & Associates also are able to take advantage of the 25 years he has spent gaining business and political and public speaking experience. Past clients include candidates for lieutenant governor, state Senate and House, mayor of Denver, and numerous consumer and liberal campaigns. His corporate clients include Dearborn Financial Institute, Coors Brewing Company, Cobe Labs, Travelers and Great-West Life Insurance.
Rosman is working with two local candidates. Gordon Christensen will not be running for election in 2004 but will possibly run for a seat in the Ninth Congressional District in 2006. Lara Underwood is a candidate for the state House of Representatives in the 25th District.
Although she has only been a client of Rosman’s for a few weeks, Underwood said she is pleased with his work.
“David keeps me going and keeps me focused,” she said. “He helps me to stay up whenever I start to get down about the campaign.”
Underwood also compliments Rosman on his enthusiastic nature and upbeat personality. “It is always good to work with somebody who loves what they do,” she said.
Rosman and Underwood are working together to spread her campaign message to people in Columbia. They’re trying to set up appearances at local organizations and neighborhood associations.
Coming to Missouri has been an adjustment for Rosman, who experienced a different political realm in Denver.
For example, Rosman mentions that in Columbia, Democrats don’t take a strong position on the right to bear arms. However, Rosman lived five miles from Columbine High School, and said he has “a whole different view on concealed weapons than [local Democrats] do.”
But Rosman said there is “nothing he wants to change in Columbia,” though his views may be slightly different than the Democrats he represents and works with.
With associates in Denver and New York City, Rosman also has contact with many people across the country. In New York City, Rosman’s sister updates his Web site, www.SpeakingPolitical.com, and he has employees in Denver who do research.
Rosman said one of the keys to success in the political realm is knowing and honoring the opposition.
“In the political realm, honoring your opposition is extremely important,” Rosman said. “You’re going to have to work with these people eventually.”
Rosman urges everyone to get involved in politics, whether it is by writing a letter, signing a petition, or even putting a sign in the yard.
“It doesn’t matter what side of the aisle you’re on, as long as you’re active” Rosman said. “If there is an issue you’re passionate about, you have the power to change it.”
Rosman is working out if his home, and can be reached at (573) 445-7225 or on his cell phone at (573) 999-0982.