Lisa De Pasquale
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Nearly two years ago I decided to start this column after talking with Andrew Breitbart about the importance of pop culture in the political arena. Of course, the conversation was mostly a lengthy monologue about his favorite movie, Grandma’s Boy. The purpose of the “De Pasquale’s Dozen” interview column is to humanize conservative leaders by engaging them on their pop culture interests. Anything that reveals a sense of humor, self-reflection, quirkiness or savage wit will make political and cultural warriors more appealing -- and thus more persuasive -- to the masses.

Since 2010, I’ve interviewed many of my favorite political figures, including Ann Coulter, Sean Hannity, Eric Metaxas, Sen. Marco Rubio, Sen. John Thune, Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, Greg Gutfeld, Mike Adams, Michelle Malkin, and, of course, the inspiration for the column, Andrew Breitbart. Some of them you’ll see again soon with a new set of 12 questions.

As I begin the “De Pasquale’s Dozen” at its new home at Townhall.com, I thought it would be fitting to start with Allen Covert, the star, co-writer and co-producer of Breitbart’s favorite movie, Grandma’s Boy.

Covert has collaborated with college friend Adam Sandler on several movies, including The Wedding Singer,50 First Dates, Happy Gilmore, Little Nicky, The Longest Yard, among many others. He’s a familiar face in many of these movies, usually playing a quirky character the audience wishes had more screen time.

Coincidentally, I met Covert at the National Bloggers Club’s Blog Bash in February, where Breitbart and I received awards for our outreach to bloggers. Covert was there to promote his new endeavor, a digital media company called Cherry Tree that entertains children with patriotic stories and life lessons. Covert told Fox News, “As a parent with young children, I would always find little things that bothered me when I was reading bedtime stories or watching shows or listening to children’s music. I couldn’t find any stories, games or television shows that were fun and exciting while also being morally instructive and patriotic. I just felt that some parents would want stories that show strong themes of morality and patriotism.”

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Lisa De Pasquale

Lisa De Pasquale is is a writer in Alexandria, VA. Miss De Pasquale was previously the director of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), where she oversaw all aspects of the conference from June 2006 to April 2011. Prior to CPAC, she was the program director of the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute. In 2010, she was named a “Rising Star” by Campaigns & Elections magazine in their annual list of top political leaders under 35. She has written articles for Townhall.com and Townhall Magazine, Human Events, The Daily Caller, Washingtonian, the St. Augustine Record, The Washington Times, The Houston Chronicle, and the Tallahassee Democrat. Originally from Florida, Miss De Pasquale received a B.A. from Flagler College in St. Augustine.

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