Obama 2012 names political director
President Barack Obama's re-election headquarters May 12, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois.
June 9th, 2011
08:23 AM ET
11 years ago

Obama 2012 names political director

(CNN) - The Obama re-election campaign will announce its political director Thursday, CNN has learned.

That person, Katherine Archuleta, will be the first Latina to hold the position on a major presidential campaign, a source close to the campaign notes to CNN.

Archuleta currently serves as chief of staff to Labor Secretary Hilda Solis. In her new role she will be responsible for outreach to elected officials and groups.

Prior to this appointment, the Denver native served as chief of staff to former Transportation Secretary Federico Pena and as senior adviser for policy and initiatives to Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper.

She will join the campaign team, based in Chicago that includes campaign manager Jim Messina, who earlier this year stepped down as deputy White House chief of staff and David Axelrod, who stepped down as White House senior adviser to reprise his role as chief strategist and top political adviser for the Obama campaign.

Patrick Gaspard and Matthew Nugen served as national political directors during the 2008 campaign.

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  1. ucpanda

    Unless Obama's political director can change what is very obviously a bleak economic/jobs picture, the result of the 2012 election is a foregone conclusion. Obama's only chance is that the Republican nominee is a weak Neo-Con, and more Libertarian/Conservative third parties siphon off votes.

    June 9, 2011 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  2. Larry L

    I hope she can build a wise campaign strategy. With the recent Supreme Court ruling, essentially allowing totally unrestricted campaign funding by corporate lobbyists, the President will be facing huge attacks from financial, insurance, pharmaceutical, oil, and mining lobbyists. The very wealthy and their special interests groups will once again generate a huge media assault of lies and fear tactics. The Tea party types will call for the dismantling of the programs built to protect Americans – like Social Security and Medicare. They'll offer nothing instead except a huge pipeline of money funneled directly toward the same corporations and tycoons whose greed brought about the near-collapse of our economy and great hardship to working people. America needs the mature and unselfish leadership we've seen from President Obama – not a return to the Bush years.

    June 9, 2011 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  3. A Kickin` Donkey

    Sounds like a potent team between her, Axelrod, and Messina.

    Chief of Staff – for two Cabinet-level Secretaries are no "slouch" jobs so I have no doubt that this lady has the juice.

    Barack Obama`s 2008 campaign was characterized by his ability to pick stellar people and let them take ownership as SMEs. The man hasn`t lost the touch.

    When Obama wins, we all win. Welcome to Team Obama, Ms. Archeleta !

    June 9, 2011 09:04 am at 9:04 am |