Having written about the SEIU’s other man in the White House, Patrick Gaspard, on numerous occasions, this news comes as no surprise.
Following the November election, the Democrats are moving quickly to ensure that a repeat “shellacking” doesn’t happen in 2012. In so doing, the DNC is tapping Gaspard, the former political director of New York’s powerful SEIU 1199, to go help the DNC prepare the Democrats’ strategy.
Via the Blaze:
In another major shakeup signaling the Obama camp is preparing to launch the president’s reelection campaign, Democratic National Committee DNC chairman Tim Kaine announced Thursday that executive director Jennifer O’Malley Dillon will leave the party to serve as deputy campaign manager, and White House political director Patrick Gaspard will move in to replace her at the DNC.
Gaspard’s role in the Obama machine has been a target of conservative criticism in the past given his associations with activist organizations like disgraced community organization ACORN. Gaspard donated tens of thousands of dollars to ACORN in the past and worked for New York’s Working Families Party WFP, a political entity “fighting for a more just world,” formed by a coalition of labor unions, ACORN and other community organizations. He also was an organizer for a New Jersey chapter of the New Party — a collaborative effort between ACORN and the Democratic Socialists of America DSA.
Gaspard also previously worked as a top official at the powerful New York SEIU local 1199 and turned down an offer last year for the number two top job in the union’s national organization.
In his announcement, Kaine wrote that Gaspard “understands the importance of grassroots politics and team building… Working together, I am confident that we can protect the progress of the past two years, achieve important electoral victories in 2011 and 2012.”
As Gaspard has been the SEIU’s full-time guy inside the White House since President Obama took office–what better way for the SEIU to keep an eye on their investment?–Democrats must feel that moving Gaspard to the DNC will help Nancy Pelosi fulfill her prediction that Democrats will take back the House in 2012.