Matt Lewis recently had a chance to chat with Peter Flaherty, Governor Mitt Romney’s Deputy Campaign Manager. They talked about John McCain, Amazing Grace, Family, and Faith. Peter Flaherty offers some insight into an early influence on Walden Media’s Micheal Flaherty that I think you’ll enjoy.
Matt Lewis: Speaking of new media, most people probably don’t realize that your brother, Michael Flaherty, was very involved in producing the new movie, Amazing Grace. I recently saw it, and can attest that it is a great movie. Can you tell us what it’s like to have a brother in the movie industry, and are you also a big William Wilberforce fan?
Peter Flaherty: I constantly get asked by people if I can convince Mike to put them or their children in a movie. I love following the great work that my brothers Mike and Chip are doing at Walden Media, and seeing the positive influence they are having on the schoolchildren of America. I greatly admire Wilberforce for his selfless and steadfast determination to put his conscience into action to make the world a better place.
ML: So what was Michael like as a kid?
PF: In his fourth grade play Mike was cast as Willy Wonka, and I don’t think he has slipped out of character since.
ML: (Laughter). That’s great. How did it come to be that so many Flaherty’s were involved in Walden Media?
PF: Michael is the youngest of the three brothers, and he founded the company. My brother Chip and I joined him because we believed in the mission, and we have always liked doing things together.