Voice for Equality: Donna Brazile
April 18, 2010
Donna Brazile is an American author, professor, and political analyst affiliated with the Democratic Party.
After graduating from Louisiana State University, Brazile worked for
several advocacy groups in Washington, D.C., and was instrumental in
the successful campaign to make Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday a
federal holiday. She was the first African American to direct a major
presidential campaign, for Al Gore in 2000.
Brazile has worked on several presidential campaigns for Democratic candidates, including Jimmy Carter–Walter Mondale in 1976 and 1980, Jesse Jackson in 1984, Walter Mondale–Geraldine Ferraro in 1984, and for Richard Gephardt in the 1988 Democratic primary. In the 1990s, Brazile served as Chief of Staff and Press Secretary to Congressional Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton of the District of Columbia, where she helped guide the District's budget and local legislation on Capitol Hill. She advised Bill Clinton's campaign for the presidency in 1992 and for re-election in 1996. In 1999, Brazile was appointed deputy campaign manager and was later promoted to campaign manager of the 2000 presidential campaign of Vice-President Al Gore. Learn more here.
On April 13, 2010, on CNN's The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, in response to Gov. Mike Huckabee's comments equating marriage equality to legalizing polygamy, incest, and drug use, Brazile stated:
"Well, these kinds of statements have no place, I think in our political dialogue. We can disagree on marriage equality. I support marriage equality. Five states and the District of Columbia now allows gay marriage. There are more than 1100 federal benefits associated with marriage and there’s a reason why many gays and lesbians are out there fighting today for marriage equality and next week, Wolf, you will be talking about California. That important decision that might come down. But I think the governor should really distance himself from these statement. He should be a man of love. He is a preacher, after all. And I’m very disturbed by some of the things he said." [Link]
Freedom to Marry salutes Donna Brazile as a Voice for Equality.