The Hillary Clinton campaign is putting its stamp on the Democratic National Committee (DNC).
In a move announced yesterday (June 16), former political director for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and Clinton ally, Brandon Davis takes over as the DNC chief of staff. Davis, 38, who was also a former political director for Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), will oversee the day-to-day operations of the DNC. DNC chair, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), is expected to remain in her role, but according to insiders, she will act more as a face of the organization, handing many of her duties to Davis.
Davis, who is African-American, is a graduate of the University of Missouri and is considered a talented rising star within the Democratic Party. At one point he was being considered to head the Missouri Democratic Committee before taking on the role at SEIU. SEIU offered Davis a national audience, as the union is one of the largest and fastest growing, representing more than 2.1 million workers.
Davis’ appointment could go a long way in bringing more Black support to the Clinton campaign. The young operative grew up in the impoverished and crime-ridden city of East St. Louis, Ill, and is thought of as keenly in touch with key issues facing African-Americans of varying economic conditions.
Davis, who now lives in Washington, D.C. will immediately transition into his role with the DNC.