“If you’re disappointed by your elected officials, grab a clipboard, get some signatures and run for office yourself.”
That’s what Barack Obama told his forlorn supporters in his farewell address last year as he prepared to leave office. One group that seems to have taken that message to heart are the people who worked in his administration.
From California to Michigan, Colorado to New Jersey, dozens of appointees and analysts, lawyers and policy wonks, who filled the ranks of the government’s various departments, have filed for office.
In the crowded race for the Democratic primary in Texas’ 32nd Congressional district — a Dallas-area seat held by Republican Rep. Pete Sessions — three of the seven candidates are Obama administration alumni.