I was noticing the LGBT, Gay Pride t-shirts Hillary Clinton‘s website was offering and thought a bit about the ever-expanding GOP field and if they were “pandering” to the gay community too? So far, I haven’t found any for Republican POTUS candidates for 2016… (Tweet me if YOU see any out there @treynyc)
But it turns out, those shirts (and their inclusive messages) seem pretty justified and organic, if you consider who Hillary’s campaign manager is; a 35 year-old gay man, Robby Mook, with a very impressive résumé in Democratic campaigning. Organizing Barack Obama‘s 2008 team in Nevada, Indiana, and Ohio is one of the highlights of his accomplishments, but as campaign manager for the Clinton presidential campaign, Mook is facing biggest challenge to date. Keeping a $1 billion effort of big personalities and bigger egos on track, on time, and on point. If he manages to succeed, you’ll be hearing the Mook in the coming years. Kelly Ward, who worked under, and eventually succeeded, Mook as executive director of the DCCC says;
“He would rather win races than, no offense, talk to reporters.”
Ward recounted a weekend in 2012 when Mook was still executive director for the DCCC, and organized a canvassing trip for the staff. He spent the ride to the targeted district pouring over spreadsheets of voter information, Ward remembers, looking for an edge, and holding conference calls with pollsters.
“Then he got out of the car, started canvassing, and was better at it than any of us.”
A former Mook staffer told Vice;
“He is a throwback to a campaign professional of an earlier day. In his own way, he walks softly and carries a big stick. He’s great at making the trains run both on-time and in the right direction. Robby is able to do the most modern, Obama-level data and analytics the smartest messaging, the best field tactics but then corral a big group of people to drive towards a common strategy and goal.”
If you ask me –and no one has– he’s the perfect guy to run Hillary’s campaign on a lot of levels. The press and pundits were waiting for a David Axelrod to be called in so they could say it was “Clintonian” politics as usual. Social media and the tough press climate we are in today, needs a fresh approach and us gays, like women, know how to get shit done! Yaaas, Hillary!