Peter Roff

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Peter Roff, was United Press International's senior political analyst from September 2000 until June 2005. He joined the now-defunct Free Enterprise Fund (FEF) during summer 2005. In 2009 Roff was a regular commentator on Fox News. [1]. As a columnist for US News and World Report he compared the Obama Administration's use of Jonathan Gruber to promote its health care agenda to the Bush Administration's Armstrong Williams scandal.[2]


Roff is also the former Political Director of GOPAC, the political committee once headed by House Speaker Newt Gingrich. In that venue, Mr. Roff was a frequent commentator on politics and culture for MSNBC and the Fox News Channel." [1]

Roff said in an August 2000 interview, that "he was responsible for training thousands of political candidates across the country." [2][3]


"One of the most visible figures in the conservative community in Washington has just moved to the recently formed Free Enterprise Fund," John Gizzi wrote July 18, 2005, in Human Events. "Peter Roff, until recently a political correspondent for United Press International, will oversee political affairs and information-gathering as vice president of the Free Enterprise Fund. Prior to his stint at UPI, longtime Human Events subscriber Roff was best known as the political director of GOPAC in the days when the candidate-building group was run by Newt Gingrich. Roff's dry wit and encyclopedic knowledge of American politics have been on display at regular 'networking' meetings of the right, notably the Wednesday sessions hosted by Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform."


"Roff is highly regarded for his knowledge of the American political system, gained through his first hand experience in electoral, grassroots and partisan campaigns. Roff understands the U.S. government, elections and the development of public policy as only someone who watched the process from the inside can. His relationships with decision-makers and his access to the people who make things happen in U.S. make his take on the American political scene a must read for those who really want to know what's going on and, more importantly, why.

"Roff holds a bachelor's degree in political science from George Washington University. He is a much in demand commentator who appears frequently on television -- including MSNBC, the Fox News Channel, CNBC's Dennis Miller Show and C-SPAN -- and radio to discuss U.S. politics and elections."

Other Affiliations

  • At the September 16-18, 2004, "GOPUSA Issues & Answers Conference" held in Washington, DC, the Friday, September 17th 3:30-4:15 Policy Session IV - Politics and the Media was moderated by G. Gordon Liddy, "Radio Talk Show Host and Former Presidential Advisor." As part of the panel, Roff appeared with Jeff Gannon, at the time White House Correspondent, Talon News and Paul Rodriguez, at the time Managing Editor, Insight Magazine.
  • According to the winter 2002 issue of GW Magazine, "Peter Roff, BA ’87, joined United Press International as a national political analyst, after a 15-year career in electoral politics."

Peter Roff Quotes

  • " ... the Reagan appeal to make America 'the shining city on the hill,' the beacon for all the world to see, is awe inspiring and calls each of us to be and do our best because the whole world is watching. Many in my generation, on both the left and the right, have taken that admonition to heart and it is a central touchstone for their lives." --BrotherWatch Tribute to Ronald Reagan, 1997.
  • "Roff, as political director for Newt Gingrich's GOPAC in the late nineties, railed against defenders of President Clinton during the impeachment scandals, accusing them of 'heavy-handed attempts' 'to bludgeon their opponents into submission.'" --DaveM, TPM Cafe, October 19, 2005.

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