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Tom Miller one of 35 Obama national campaign co-chairs

by: desmoinesdem

Sun Feb 26, 2012 at 14:16:32 PM CST

Catching up on some news from last week, President Barack Obama's re-election campaign named Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller as one of 35 national co-chairs. The only other state attorney general on the list is Kamala Harris of California. After making a show of abandoning Miller's working group on foreclosure fraud last year, she eventually signed on to the settlement reached with five major lenders earlier this month.

In a press release, Obama's campaign manager Jim Messina predicted that the national co-chairs "will be tremendous assets on the ground as we build the biggest grassroots campaign in history." I wouldn't count on much help from Miller there. His 2010 re-election campaign had no grassroots operation whatsoever. He didn't even have a campaign website up until September of the election year, and his first advertising appeared a few weeks before the election.

The Obama campaign is hiring organizers for the spring, summer, and fall in Iowa and many other states. I am seeking comment about where the organizers will be assigned to work in Iowa. CORRECTION: Bleeding Heartland user albert point out in the comments that this listing is for unpaid internships. My understanding is that the Obama campaign is also hiring paid field organizers for Iowa,  and I will update this post with further details when available.

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Scramble (0.00 / 0)
Brenna caught the Millers by surprise in the last cycle.  They were sweatin' it for a while. They had to scamble into campaign mode at the end...

no excuse (0.00 / 0)
Brenna Findley was campaigning all over the state beginning early in 2010. She must have done 50 county fairs, Rotary lunches, or local GOP functions for every grassroots event Tom Miller attended during that year.

I attended a fundraiser for Miller sometime during the spring, and he told the audience there that he was taking the race seriously, blah blah blah. It was obviously going to be a tough year for Democrats, no excuse at all for Miller to be caught napping.

Invite other Iowa political junkies to join us at Bleeding Heartland.

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Talk is cheap (0.00 / 0)
The Millers never took her seriously, no matter what they might have said publicly, until it was almost too late.  That comment from a Miller insider. Their actions (or inaction) speak louder than words.  A miscalculation, to be sure.

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not "hiring organizers" (4.00 / 1)
these are unpaid volunteer positions that are now called "Organizing Fellowships."

From the app:

I understand that all Obama Organizing Fellowship positions are unpaid, volunteer positions

i have friends (4.00 / 1)
who were "unpaid volunteers" the last go-round but were promised things like inaugural tickets -- which put them in the 1st St tunnel for hours. They'll be taking a pass on "fellowships" this time. Once bitten, twice shy.

It's sickening to witness the massive fund-raising w/o a few beans going to the foot soldiers.  

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