The Trailer

Shared a few thoughts with Dave Weigel about how hard it is to become known in California – a state with 58 counties, 13 media markets and 19 million voters. The Trailer is one of my favorite 2020 newsletters because of its on-the-ground reporting.

An election with no research, mail or ads

I’ve been elected President of the American Association of Political Consultants, my first election that required no research, mail or ads. AAPC is a bipartisan organization committed to helping our members “learn, connect, and change the world.”

One of my favorite things about being on the AAPC board is the opportunity to encourage and mentor young consultants, particularly women. In my first campaign, there were very few women in positions of power. That’s gradually changing, but women are still a small percentage of political consultants today.

And I’m a deep blue Democrat so I wouldn’t normally hang out with Republican consultants. I’ve learned that the best on the GOP side think about politics just like the best of the Democrats – that the way to victory is research-based, strategic and disciplined.

The Central Valley

One of the smartest things Barbara Boxer did was establishing a Senate office in Fresno with savvy local staff (like Tom Bohigian, Ana Melendez, Ameen Khan, William Oliver.) It deepened our understanding of the Valley and helped find a surprising amount of common ground with business and elected leaders there. Now the Valley is attracting Democratic presidential candidates as the LA Times reports.