August 2, 2019: At least 19 Democrats are heading to Las Vegas to attend the AFSCME public service forum Saturday. Amy Klobuchar said she had reached the grassroots fundraising threshold to qualify for the September Democratic debate.
Each Friday, we’ll highlight a presidential candidate’s key campaign staffer.
Maurice Daniel is a longtime Democratic staffer with experience in the public and private sectors.
Previous campaign work:
- 1996 Bill Clinton presidential campaign, Ohio state director
- 1988 Dick Gephardt presidential campaign, field staffer
- 2014-2019: Metro Strategies, principal
- 2015-2017: Human Rights First, senior director of government relations
- 2009-2013: Integrated Capital Strategies, managing director
- 2004-2010: Eye2eye Communications, political consultant
- 1997-2000: Office of Vice President Al Gore (D), national director of political affairs
- 1993-1997: Office of Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.), chief of staff
- 1992: Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Midwest Political Desk
- 1989-1991: Democratic National Committee, Midwest policy director
What he says about Williamson:
“The entitled and those entrenched in the establishment do not want to hear a different message. American voters do.”
Notable Quotes of the Day
“AFSCME [is] essentially laying down a marker here, saying this is an important state. This is an important state for labor. [Nevada] is a place you need to come and state your views, and the fact that they chose Nevada for something like that is very, very significant both for the labor movement and the state.”
– Jon Ralston, The Nevada Independent
“As the Democratic Party shifts toward a more progressive identity, [AFL-CIO President Richard] Trumka reminded 2020 candidates that unions would no longer support candidates simply because of their party affiliation. Unions historically played influential roles in getting Democrats elected through get-out-the-vote efforts, canvassing and other campaigning methods.”
– Danielle Wallace, Fox News
- The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees is holding a public service forum with at least 19 candidates set to attend, including Michael Bennet, Joe Biden, Bill de Blasio, Cory Booker, Steve Bullock, Pete Buttigieg, Julián Castro, John Delaney, Tulsi Gabbard, Kamala Harris, Jay Inslee, Amy Klobuchar, Seth Moulton, Beto O’Rourke, Tim Ryan, Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer, Elizabeth Warren, and Marianne Williamson. The event will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Saturday.
- Khary Penebaker, a Democratic National Committee member from Wisconsin, endorsed Booker. He has been endorsed by four other DNC members.
- Buttigieg held a press conference Thursday to discuss efforts to create more diversity in the South Bend Police Department.
- The Latino Victory Fund endorsed Castro Thursday.
- Gabbard was the most-searched candidate on Google in all 50 states during the July 31 Democratic debate.
- Kirsten Gillibrand will hold a meet and greet Sunday in Fire Island, New York.
- Rep. Brenda Lawrence endorsed Harris, becoming the ninth member of the Congressional Black Caucus to do so.
- John Hickenlooper appeared on AM2DM by Buzzfeed News to discuss the second Democratic primary debate, skills-based training, and gun violence.
- The pro-Inslee super PAC Act Now On Climate raised $2.2 million from eight donors since it formed in February.
- Klobuchar announced she has reached the grassroots fundraising and polling thresholds to qualify for the third Democratic primary debate in September.
- Wayne Messam will co-host an event Saturday in Miramar, Florida, on fatherhood in black communities.
- Moulton appeared at the Young Professionals in Foreign Policy conference Thursday.
- Steyer discussed impeachment, corporate involvement in politics, and his candidacy on The View Thursday.
- Warren made her first presidential campaign stop in Arizona, holding a town hall in Tempe.
What We’re Reading
Flashback: August 2, 2015
In an interview on CNN’s State of the Union, Chris Christie called the national teachers union “the single most destructive force in public education in America.”