Pete Buttigieg Names Rapid Response Director
White House hopeful Pete Buttigieg has named Rodericka Applewhaite as the Rapid Response Director for his 2020 presidential campaign. She most recently was a Research Manager at EMILY’s List, where she supported the state and local campaigns team by advising the organization's endorsement process and vetting potential candidates. She also served as a Research Coordinator there. Prior to that, Applewhaite was a Research and Policy Director on John Wisniewski’s unsuccessful 2018 gubernatorial campaign in New Jersey, and served as Research Director on Jim F. Barksdale’s 2016 senatorial campaign in Georgia. The 2015 George Washington University graduate previously worked as a Research Associate at at top consulting firm in DC and as a Special Assistant to the Executive Director for Veterans Campaign. “I first heard about Pete when he ran for DNC Chair and I thought it was exciting to see someone so young, driven, and pragmatic about the issues America is facing,” Applewhaite said. “I’m excited about the upcoming debate prep and making sure his messaging is as effective as possible at all times.” If Buttigieg is elected, the 37-year-old South Bend, IN Mayor, Rhodes Scholar, and veteran of the war in Afghanistan, would represent a series of historic firsts: the youngest president ever and the first who is openly gay. His main message is the claim to leadership of millennials -- those he says will be on “the business end” of climate change, grew up with school shootings, and supplied most of the troops in America’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. His campaign reported raising $7 million in the first quarter of the year, a more than respectable figure. Last week, polls of Iowa and New Hampshire showed him ahead of many of the better-known candidates including Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and former TX Congressman Beto O’Rourke. More about Applewhaite here.