GENE BERARDELLI was born and raised in the Sheepshead Bay neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. He graduated from Manhattan College with a B.A.  in Government and International Studies and his Juris Doctorate from Quinnipiac University School of Law – at age 23, He is currently a successful practicing civil litigator with a seven figure settlement to his name.

A sought-after speaker on Election Law and politics, Gene served on the Kings County (NY) Republican Executive Committee (2007 – 2015) as Chairman of the Law Committee (2011 – 2015), where he worked with Republican attorneys to help grow the Party in the “People’s Republic of New York City” as part of a leadership team that pulled off near-impossible wins for seats in state and congressional elections. Gene also successfully tried the closest re-count in NY State Senate history! For his work with the Republican Party, Gene was honored as Brooklyn Young Republican of the Year in 2012, was Brooklyn GOP Counselor of the Year in 2014

Gene is the founder of Behind Enemy Lines – he handles the bookings and all the technical nuts and bolts that make the show happen while trying to be the ringleader of what sometimes turns into a three-ring circus run amok!  He mostly moderates the debate, but can go off on a rant with the best of ’em!

RUSSELL GALLO has both academic and real-world political experience.  He earned a B.A. in Government from John Jay College, and an M.A. in Political Science from Brooklyn College.  Russell has served in many leadership capacities  as a candidate, elected party official for the Brooklyn GOP (2005 – 2015), and a coordinator in high-profile campaigns efforts for Congressman Bob Turner, John Catsimatidis, and well as founding President of the Brooklyn Young Republicans.

Russell is also no stranger to service.  Serving this nation for over 18 years in the U.S. Army (where he was an MP in Iraq in 2004-2005) Russell currently holds the rank of First Sergeant in the New York National Guard.  He is current a member of NY’s Boldest, serving as a NYC Corrections Officer.
Quite simply, Russell is the on-air engine that makes Behind Enemy Lines go.  His uncensored, no-holds-barred no-apologies style makes him a lightning rod that makes listeners think and react.  But he’s not all bravado – he backs it up with spot-on political analysis.