Phil Brennan - Biography

Phil Brennan, a veteran investigative journalist, writes for and edits and publishes Wednesday on the Web (

A native New Yorker, he moved to Washington in 1956, where he worked in the public relations field, handling assignments such as the Washington end of the successful Alaska Statehood campaign. After working on the Nixon campaign staff in 1960, he was named public relations and special projects director of the House Republican Policy Committee.

During his years on Capitol Hill, he also wrote the "From Washington Straight" column for Bill Buckley's National Review. He was responsible for uncovering the Bobby Baker scandal, which resulted in the jailing of the secretary of the Senate, a close confidant of Lyndon Johnson. During the Goldwater campaign in 1964, he organized the GOP Truth Squad and served as its PR director.

In 1968, after working as an administrative assistant for a member of Congress, he moved to Boca Raton, Fla., where he continued his journalism career and wrote two unpublished novels and a series of nonfiction books, the last being a history of the Shroud of Turin.

Brennan is a World War II veteran, having served in the Marine Corps from 1943 to 1946. He is a widower and the father of seven children. He served as sacristan at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Boca Raton and is a trustee of the Lincoln Heritage Institute. He is a member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers.

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