Friday, February 20, 2009

Clyde Williams to Become DNC Political Director

As the DNC continues to prepare for working with President Obama to continue building Democratic majorities and promoting policies in the best interests of the American public, they are bringing on leaders to help lead the discussion. In a statement released earlier today, the DNC announced that Clyde Williams will be serving as the new political director. Williams served in the Department of Agriculture during the Clinton Administration and was also a senior policy advisor at the Clinton Foundation. While at the Clinton Foundation he advised Clinton on how to develop programs that reached out to communities in need within the United States. Based upon the tone of the DNC's statement, this is something that they plan on utilizing.
“We’re thrilled that someone with Clyde’s immense skill and unique combination of experience with domestic policy issues and grassroots political organizing will be joining the DNC’s leadership team,” said DNC Executive Director Jen O’Malley Dillon. “Governor Kaine has stated his goals of helping advance the President’s agenda and promoting broader participation in the civic dialogue. Having Clyde serve as our political director is an important part of our effort to engage more Americans in our effort to implement practical solutions to the challenges facing our country.”

“I look forward to a great opportunity to work with Governor Kaine, Jen O’Malley Dillon, and of course the White House to advance the President’s agenda and continue to strengthen our Party,” said Williams. “These challenging times demand real leadership from Washington and a renewed commitment to truly engaging the American people in the effort to move our country forward. I am honored by the opportunity to help Governor Kaine with this historic effort.”
I believe the hiring of a political director who has a history of focusing on domestic issues is a good thing since there is likely to be some battles over domestic policy issues such as health care, housing, and the implementation of the stimulus bill in the near future. The fact that he also has a history dealing with community organizing suggests that he realizes the importance of local organizing and drawing attention to the concerns of underserved communities. In the long run, this will help to ensure that the DNC helps working class families throughout the country.

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