POLITICO Talks to Erik Smith About a New Generation of Candidates


In examining a new era of former Obama aides-turned-congressional candidates, POLITICO quotes Blue Engine Message & Media founder Erik Smith. POLITICO looks at how “about a dozen former Obama aides have moved home to run for Congress,” spurred by the election and administration of Donald Trump – some even accelerating their timeline to get involved in public service. Smith, an adviser to both of President Obama’s campaigns cites “Obama’s call to action” as a key driver for the political activism of these candidates and says: “What drew them to the Obama world are the same qualities that make them want to run for office… But their participation is accelerated as the Obama diaspora moved home.”

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