When his wife got a job in Bethesda, Md., Michael Hartigan knew it was his chance to get a communications job in the Washington, D.C., political scene.
"Explore everything, because you never know when there may be a connecting skill set," Hartigan said. "The basis of my job is journalism and communication, and just being able to sit here and have a conversation with a reporter or official or head of an agency has benefited me greatly."
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Following the speeches from elected officials, the crowd stands at long tables as they dig into BBQ, brunswick stew, cadillac rice at the Law Enforcement Cookout at Wayne Dasher's pond house in Glennville, Ga., on Thursday, April 17, 2014.