Lisa De Pasquale

I’ve mentioned in several previous columns that Andrew Breitbart inspired these questions after a long conversation we had about the movie Grandma’s Boy. Coincidentally, the last time I saw Breitbart, I was able to meet Allen Covert, the star, co-writer and co-producer of Grandma’s Boy. That was the amazing thing about Breitbart. He brought lots of different people with different backgrounds into his circle and into the movement. One of those people was FBI informant and activist Brandon Darby.

Darby was a liberal activist when he worked as an FBI informant by infiltrating a group protesting at the 2008 Republican National Convention. Information from Darby led to seizure of 34 homemade riot shields and arrests against two protest organizers who purchased and constructed firebombs to use against state-owned vehicles.

After Breitbart’s death, author and cartoonist Rick Marschall wrote, “They say that converts make the most rabid believers, whether in religion or the realms of addictions. Breitbart converted – a congenital self-assured type, he was open to truth, and converted without ever looking back.”

Darby now writes for, is an activist against human trafficking, and speaks at conservative events across the country. Thanks to Breitbart, Darby and many others were “converted” to the conservative cause and are some of our strongest and most outspoken leaders.

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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 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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