Rich Galen has been described as "what you get when you cross a political hack with a philosopher." Galen's career includes work in and out of politics, in and out of the United States. Galen did a tour of duty in Iraq where he went at the request of the White House. The assignment — which was to have lasted about eight weeks, stretched into six months. While there, Galen was responsible for bringing the message of the positive aspects of what the coalition was doing in Iraq back to Middle America. He has been press secretary to Dan Quayle, when the former Vice President was a Congressman and a U.S. Senator; and to Newt Gingrich when Gingrich was House Republican Whip and, in 1996 became the communications director of the political office of Speaker Gingrich. Galen also has extensive non-U.S. experience. At the time of the dissolution of the Communist governments in Eastern Europe, Galen was one of a select number of Americans sent over to help build a democratic political infrastructure. He spent a significant amount of time in Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, and what was then Czechoslovakia. Since March 1998, Mr. Galen has written an online political column — Mullings.com — which reaches some 400,000 people per month and is considered required reading by senior reporters and political operatives around the country.