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Democratic strategist Addisu Demissie. Photo by Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe.

Biden picks Demissie to run his convention preparations, report says

Demissie managed Booker campaigns for Senate, President

By David Wildstein, June 01 2020 9:54 am

Joe Biden has named Addisu Demissie, who managed Cory Booker’s campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, as one of two party strategists to head up his Democratic National Convention plans, the New York Times reported today.

It’s not clear whether the Democratic convention will be held in Milwaukee or online – or if the event will be scaled back to reduce the spread of coronavirus.  Biden has raised the possibility of a virtual gathering.

Demissie served as Booker’s campaign manager in his first U.S. Senate race, an October 2013 special election caused by the death of Frank R. Lautenberg.   He managed Gavin Newson’s campaign or governor of California in 2018 and headed voter outreach for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential run.

Booker had been widely expected to get a prime-time speaking role at the convention, and Demissie’ presence on the Biden planning team makes that even more likely.

According to the New York Times, Biden has also picked Lindsay Holst, his former digital director, as a senior advisor for the convention.

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