MSNBC’s Chris Matthews talks politics at O’Connor luncheon

Chris Matthews, author and host of MSNBC’s “Hardball,” spoke recently at the O’Connor Institute Distinguished Speakers Series luncheon on the topic of his bestselling book, “Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked.”

Chris Matthews was the featured speaker recently at the O'Connor Institute Distinguished Speakers Luncheon.

Chris Matthews was the featured speaker recently at the O’Connor Institute Distinguished Speakers Luncheon.

The event was held at the Camelback Golf Club in Paradise Valley.

Mr. Matthews, former chief of staff for former House Speaker Tip O’Neill, fascinated the audience with remarkable “behind the scenes” stories from the Reagan era.

Humorous and poignant anecdotes were followed by an insightful question-and-answer session with O’Connor Institute Board Chairman Peter M. Hayes, who ironically was a senior advisor to House Minority Leader John J. Rhodes during the same period, and who worked with Mr. Matthews on Capitol Hill.

Guests also received a copy of the book to take home.

Attending the event were, from left, Paradise Valley resident Len and Debbie Gaby and Fred Pakis.

Attending the event were, from left, Paradise Valley resident Len and Debbie Gaby and Fred Pakis.

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