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Obama Alums Running for Office to Finish What He Started

Obama Alums Running for Office to Finish What He Started
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan (Elaine Thompson/AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 12 June 2018 01:55 PM

Disheartened by watching President Donald Trump dismantle the legacy of their former boss "brick by brick," alums of former President Barack Obama are doing something about it - running for office, Politico reports.

It started with Jenny Durkan becoming the first alum to win an election in the post-Obama era, the Seattle mayoral race last year. Durkan's motivation - Trump's platform of reversing everything that Obama took eight years to build.

"Not only are they rolling the clock backwards - they are - they’re in there dismantling, brick by brick. What he tweets in the morning drives the news cycle, and in the meantime, there’s an enormous amount of harm being done to the country," Durkan told Politico.

She's not alone. NBC News reports that 17 Obama alums have advanced to November's general elections.

A sampling of Obama alums running for office, Politico reports:

  • Lauren Baer, a former State Department aide who is running for a U.S. House seat in Florida.
  • Buffy Wicks, a top Obama organizer who last week won a 12-way primary for a California Assembly seat.
  • Lauren Underwood, former Health and Human Services Department aide who’s running for a U.S. House seat in Illinois.
  • Steve Dettlebach, a former U.S. attorney who is running for Ohio attorney general.
  • Tom Malinowski, a former assistant secretary of state who last week who won a primary in New Jersey.

"A lot of us Obama babies were inspired by the president's call to action when he retired," Ammar Campa-Najjar, former deputy regional field director for Southern California on Obama's 2012 campaign told NBC. Now he's running for a U.S. House seat in California.

And the alums who aren't running have turned out to campaign and fundraise for those who are.

"It’s been critical for me," Wicks told Politico. "It’s my No. 1 donor network."

None of them expected to see a White House that wasn't occupied by Hillary Clinton.

"The baton got dropped and so people are looking at what we can do," Durkan told Politico.

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Disheartened by watching President Donald Trump dismantle the legacy of their former boss "brick by brick," alums of former President Barack Obama are doing something about it - running for office, Politico reports.
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