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Leo Bergen
Portrayed by Paul Adelstein
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Politician
Biographical Information
Full name: Leo Bergen
Current Occupation/s:
  • Campaign Consultant
  • Special Assistant to the VP
Physical Description
Gender: Male
Hair color: Brown
Eye color: Brown
Relationships
Colleagues:
Allies:
Enemies:
Character Information
First appearance: More Cattle, Less Bull
Latest appearance: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Appearance Count: 8

I am always your first call!

— Leo to Sally Langston, A Door Marked Exit

Leo Bergen is a campaign consultant, second best to Olivia Pope. He works for Sally Langston as her "Special Assistant" which is just a fancy way of saying that he's her campaign consultant and it gives him access to The White House.

History

Leo was originally sought out by Cyrus Beene and First Lady Mellie Grant to run Fitz's reelection campaign. But he turned them down because he doesn’t take on a candidate he knows will lose.

Desperate to get him back Cyrus seeks the aide of the vice president, Sally Langston to convince Leo that they're a winning ticket. However Sally has a different plan in mind. She confronts Leo in the men's room at The White House Correspondent’s dinner. She surprises Leo with hypothetical questions about running for president. Leo has his concerns about her running against a sitting president in her own party. But Sally tells him that she plans to run as a third party candidate, and Independent candidate. (More Cattle, Less Bull)

Leo meets with Vice President Sally Langston and her husband Daniel Douglas at their home in Georgetown. Sally and Leo begin to talk strategy and how to go about resigning as the sitting Vice President strategically and appropriately.

Leo comes up with the plan to spark some religious leaders to speak out against Fitz's indiscretions. Reverend Cole does so. Once Cyrus sees this he contacts Sally to speak with Reverend Cole. As Sally says, “Hook, line and sinker.” Basically Cyrus fell for the bait. The plan is to sit down with the good outspoken reverend and talk to him about endorsing Sally as a third party presidential candidate. But what Leo didn’t suspect is that Cyrus already suspected what Sally was up to, so Cyrus setup the TV interview Reverend Cole did in order to “hook, line and sinker” Sally to see if she was betraying them – Fitz, Mellie & Cyrus. This time around Leo's plan failed... for now! (Icarus)

When Leo finally finalized Sally's candidacy, Leo told her that she will betray the Christian conservatives that helped her by becoming pro-choice, telling her that it is the only way she will win. Leo convinced her. To his dismay however, after the death of Sally's husband, Daniel Douglas, Sally seemed skeptical about proceeding with her candidacy. During Sally's outburst, Leo realized that she had killed her husband and that she called the White House for help. Leo told her that she should have called him. (A Door Marked Exit)

Appearances

Season Three:
It's Handled:
Absent
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner:
(Flashback Episode)
Absent
Mrs. Smith Goes to Washington:
Absent
Say Hello to My Little Friend:
Absent
More Cattle, Less Bull:
Appeared
Icarus:
(Flashback Episode)
Appeared
Present Day Only
Everything's Coming Up Mellie:
(Flashback Episode)
Mentioned
Vermont is for Lovers, Too:
Absent
YOLO:
(Flashback Episode)
Appeared
Present Day Only
A Door Marked Exit:
Appeared
Ride, Sally, Ride:
Appeared
We Do Not Touch the First Ladies:
(Flashback Episode)
Appeared
Present Day Only
No Sun on the Horizon:
Appeared
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang:
(Flashback Episode)
Appeared
Present Day Only
Mama Said Knock You Out:
Absent
The Fluffer:
Absent
Flesh and Blood:
Absent
The Price of Free and Fair Election:
Absent

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