The Ironical GOP
Did you know…
Michael Kamburowski, an Australian citizen, is the California GOP's chief operations officer? Yup, the GOP hired an alien (but not an illegal). To be fair, Kamburowski is in the process of becoming a naturalized citizen. However, he has no previous experience in state politics. His last gig was as a real estate agent – selling property in the Dominican Republic. Ok, so maybe he IS qualified.
Did you know …
In turn Kamburowski hired as State Deputy Political Director Canadian Christopher Matthews (no relation to Hardball’s CM)? Again, Matthews is not experienced in California politics, but he has a HB-1 Visa – though it doesn’t become valid until October.
Political operatives in California are dismayed – after all – the state has a long list of qualified and stellar political consultants and operatives who have worked the California political scene adeptly for years and are also, er, um, citizens who can vote. But apparently, foreign talent is superior – even if that talent lacks political knowledge of the state.
So, we’re outsourcing, in a sense, our political campaigns now. At least the Repubs are. I wonder if a little digging would reveal anything similar on the Dem side.
I have no problem with hiring foreign talent - if we tap our homegrown resources first. One could make the case that because these folks having nothing at stake, they can operate more objectively. Still, there's something not quite right with having individuals who can't even vote in our elections running our political campaigns.
(I found this little tidbit first at the Carpetbagger’s Report, but links led to the San Francisco Chron. CB of course has some interesting and entertaining commentary. )