The Obama re-election campaign rolled out 35 co-chairs of their national effort, and amidst the usual group of politicos was Caroline Kennedy, daughter of President John Kennedy and one-time candidate for the U.S. Senate.
Ms. Kennedy, you will recall, made a very public effort to be named to the Senate seat being vacated by now Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The decision was ultimately up to David Paterson, and after a long-drawn out process, he named Kirsten Gillibrand to the seat, and Ms. Kennedy sounded through with politics.
Ms. Kennedy was a prominent backer of Mr. Obama’s 2008 effort, convincing her uncle Teddy Kennedy to endorse his campaign in a move that was largely viewed as a slap-in-the face to Ms. Clinton. Ms. Kennedy cited her experience with that campaign in stating why she decided to put her name out there to be named to Ms. Clinton’s Senate seat.
It remains to be seen how public Ms. Kennedy is in support of Mr. Obama this time around. The job of campaign co-chairs seems to mostly be to stay out of the news.
The full release, and the rest of the co-chairs, are named below:
Obama for America announced today the campaign’s National Co-Chairs, a diverse group of leaders from around the country committed to re-electing President Obama. They will serve as ambassadors for the President, advise the campaign on key issues, and help engage and mobilize voters in all 50 states.
“The President’s National Co-Chairs will be tremendous assets on the ground as we build the biggest grassroots campaign in history,” said Jim Messina, Obama for America Campaign Manager. “They each share the President’s vision for a future where every American can have a fair shot at success, where hard work pays off and responsibility is rewarded.”
Our National Co-Chairs’ varied backgrounds and experiences will prove invaluable as they connect with the President’s supporters and advocate on his behalf on the campaign trail. They are proud of the President’s record and leadership in rebuilding the economy after the worst economic crisis in generations and helping restore security to middle-class families through cutting taxes, investing in education, expanding manufacturing, increasing America’s energy independence, ensuring that everyone has access to affordable health care, and making sure that everyone – from Wall Street to Main Street – plays by the same rules.
· Lynnette Acosta – OFA volunteer leader from Florida
· Marc Benioff – CEO of Salesforce.com
· Senator Michael Bennet – U.S. Senator from Colorado
· Mayor Julian Castro – Mayor of San Antonio
· Governor Lincoln Chafee – Governor of Rhode Island
· Ann Cherry – Retired teacher and OFA volunteer leader from North Carolina
· Representative Judy Chu – Representing the 32nd District of California
· Representative Emanuel Cleaver – Representing the 5th District of Missouri
· Bill Daley – Former White House Chief of Staff to President Obama, former U.S. Secretary of Commerce
· Maria Elena Durazo – Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO
· Senator Dick Durbin – U.S. Senator from Illinois
· Mayor Rahm Emanuel – Mayor of Chicago
· Senator Russ Feingold – Former U.S. Senator from Wisconsin
· Representative Charles A. Gonzalez – Representing the 20th District of Texas
· Loretta Harper – High School Counselor and OFA volunteer leader from Nevada
· Attorney General Kamala Harris – Attorney General of California
· Sai Iyer – Student at Virginia Commonwealth University and OFA volunteer leader from Virginia
· Caroline Kennedy – Author/President of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation
· Eva Longoria – Actress and Philanthropist
· Felesia Martin – OFA volunteer leader from Wisconsin
· Bishop Vashti McKenzie – African Methodist Episcopal Bishop
· Attorney General Tom Miller – Attorney General of Iowa
· Kalpen Modi – Actor/Former White House Associate Director for the Office of Public Engagement
· Admiral John Nathman – Retired U.S. Navy Admiral
· Governor Deval Patrick – Governor of Massachusetts
· Secretary Federico Pena – Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation and U.S. Secretary of Energy
· Elaine Price – Retired Ohio resident and OFA volunteer leader from Ohio
· Penny Pritzker – Founder and CEO of PSP Capital Partners
· John Register – U.S. Army Veteran and Paralympian
· Representative Jan Schakowsky – Representing the 9th District of Illinois
· Senator Jeanne Shaheen – U.S. Senator from New Hampshire
· Joe Solmonese – President of the Human Rights Campaign
· Alan Solow – Partner at DLA Piper LLP and past Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations
· Governor Ted Strickland – Former Governor of Ohio
· Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa – Mayor of Los Angeles
Statements from National Co-Chairs:
Governor Deval Patrick: “I am proud and honored to serve as a co-chair for President Obama’s reelection campaign. We need this President’s continued leadership to help us leave our country better than we found it.”
Senator Jeanne Shaheen: “President Obama has the right vision for this country. I am proud to support a campaign that embraces investment in America’s future and support a leader in innovation, education, and energy.”
Marc Benioff: “It’s an honor to serve the President as a campaign co-chair. His focus on American jobs and support for companies that create jobs here in America are just what we need to keep this recovery moving.”
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa: “I am honored to serve as a national co-chair for Obama For America because this is a ‘make or break’ moment for the middle class. November’s election will provide voters with a clear choice: On the one side is a President who is fighting to create jobs, investing in our future, and working to reform our immigration system. On the other side is a Republican Party that is rejecting common-sense jobs measures, gutting investments in our future, and espousing ‘self-deportation’ policies that divide us as a nation.”
Representative Emanuel Cleaver: “President Obama has called for a national commitment to create an economy built to last – one based on fairness, opportunity, and investments in our future. With strong investments in K-12 and higher education in our most vulnerable communities and investments in job training, infrastructure and community reinvestment, the President has helped ease the burden for hard working American families and open doors of opportunity for generations to come. I am committed to working tirelessly as a National Co-Chair for Obama for America to ensure the President can continue to carry out his vision for an economy built to last and continue to bring positive change to our great country.”
Elaine Price: “In a time of great uncertainty, President Obama stepped up and saved our community from a depression and rescued the auto industry – our region’s biggest employer. Now we are growing and the American auto industry is again leading the world. Both my community and everyone I speak with feels like they have a new lease on life. The President’s sincerity and vision for America keeps me passionate about doing everything I can to make sure he has a second term.”
Attorney General Kamala Harris: “As a longtime supporter of Barack Obama, I am honored to serve as a National Co-Chair for Obama for America. Since taking office, the President has worked tirelessly to provide relief for struggling middle-class families and to lay a foundation for a strong economy that’s built to last. The President’s leadership and vision for the future will continue to move the country forward, rather than taking us back to the failed policies of the past.”
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