What do former White House chief of staff Bill Daley, Caroline Kennedy, Hollywood's Eva Longoria, and Russ Feingold have in common? They're all among the three dozen "national co-chairs" of President Barack Obama's reelection effort.
The Obama campaign said in an early Wednesday announcement that the officials "will serve as ambassadors for the President, advise the campaign on key issues, and help engage and mobilize voters in all 50 states."
Feingold, a former Democratic senator from Wisconsin who has been critical of the expansion of the national security state, has not shied from criticizing Obama in the past. He recently blasted the president's decision to embrace super PACs by saying Obama's choice amounted to "dancing with the devil."
The group also includes Joe Solomonese, the president of the gay-rights group Human Rights Campaign; business executive Penny Pritzker, once thought to be in the running to be Obama's commerce secretary; and actor Kalpen Modi — better known as Kal Penn — formerly of the TV drama "House" and the star of the "Harold and Kumar" movies. Former Ohio governor Ted Strickland and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa are also co-chairs.
A full list of the co-chairs:
- Lynnette Acosta — Obama campaign volunteer leader from Florida
- Marc Benioff — chief executive of Salesforce.com
- Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado
- Mayor Julian Castro of San Antonio
- Governor Lincoln Chafee — governor of Rhode Island
- Ann Cherry — Retired teacher and Obama campaign volunteer leader from North Carolina
- Representative Judy Chu of California
- Representative Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri
- Bill Daley — former White House chief of staff to President Obama, former secretary of commerce
- Maria Elena Durazo — executive secretary-treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO
- Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois
- Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago
- Russ Feingold — former senator from Wisconsin
- Representative Charles A. Gonzalez of Texas
- Loretta Harper — high school counselor and Obama campaign volunteer leader from Nevada
- Attorney General Kamala Harris of California
- Sai Iyer — student at Virginia Commonwealth University and Obama campaign volunteer leader from Virginia
- Caroline Kennedy — author and president of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation
- Eva Longoria — actress and philanthropist
- Felesia Martin — Obama campaign volunteer leader from Wisconsin
- Bishop Vashti McKenzie — African Methodist Episcopal bishop
- Attorney General Tom Miller of Iowa
- Kalpen Modi — actor and former White House associate director for the Office of Public Engagement
- Admiral John Nathman — Retired U.S. Navy
- Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts
- Federico Pena — former secretary of transportation and former secretary of energy
- Elaine Price — retired Ohio resident and Obama campaign volunteer leader from Ohio
- Penny Pritzker — founder and chief executive of PSP Capital Partners
- John Register — U.S. Army veteran and Paralympian
- Representative Jan Schakowsky of Illinois
- Senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire
- Joe Solmonese — president of the Human Rights Campaign
- Alan Solow — partner at DLA Piper LLP and a past chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations
- Ted Strickland — former governor of Ohio
- Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa of Los Angeles
Olivier Knox is the White House correspondent for Yahoo News.
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