The moment that boosted the 26-year-old Russert into the big-leagues: When he stood up to Rep. Anthony Weiner this past May. Here’s their exchange, as recounted by Zremski:
“But that’s not a picture of you?” the reporter asked.
“You know, I can’t say with certitude. My system was hacked, pictures can be manipulated, pictures can be dropped in and inserted….”
Despite detractors who claimed he was hired only because of his father, Russert has proven himself time and time again, Zremski writes.
“He’ll ask anybody anything,” said Jake Sherman, a close friend and colleague at Politico.
That’s a lesson he learned from his dad:
“The thing [my father] always used to say to me was learn as much as you can about the person and take the other side, which serves you quite well,” Russert said.