The latest confirmed staff member is Obama’s former chief campaign strategist, David Axelrod. He has been chosen to serve as the Senior Advisor in the White House. But just who is this guy? This is the second installment of the “Getting to Know the Administration” series.
At the age of 27, Axelrod began writing for the Chicago Tribune as a political columnist. After his time there, and a successful campaign for Paul Simon, he opened a political consulting firm, Axelrod & Associates. He played a key part in many campaigns mayoral campaigns in Chicago, and eventually worked his way on to the national stage with John Edwards unsuccessful 2004 campaign. Also worth noting, he worked with the new Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, on his 2006 House of Representatives race. In 2008 he was names chief strategist and media advisor in Obama’s campaign for president. He helped orchastrate the “Change” theme, and was responsible for many of the Obama campaign’s internet advertising.
This is a much safer choice than Rahm Emanuel. Rahm is a lot for most handle, being extremely outspoken, aggressive, and not to mention severely partisan. Axelrod however, is calm and soft spoken. And, while he is certainly to the left, he’s going to be accepted more by conservatives, or at least that’s how I see it. Most around him call him mild-mannered, and as political advisor Bill Daley put it, he is “not a screamer, like most”. So, while he still hasn’t chosen a conservative staff member (or really even a moderate one), this choice will be more well recieved by the cosnervatives. But then again, the vast majority won’t know (or care) who these staff members are when it all comes down to it.
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