Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Siobhan Harley Hired By Calvert Street Group

Rising Tampa Democratic superstar Siobhan Harley is moving to Tampa for her new job.

Harley will leave City Hall on Friday to take a job as a campaign manager with the Calvert Street Group, which does work in 30 states and Canada. There, she will be closer to her boyfriend, Patrick Kavanaugh, a law student at Vanderbilt University.

"I am a campaigner at heart," Harley said Monday. "I love the adrenaline rush. I love going out there and campaigning for a cause. I love going out and getting voters to the polls. I love winning."

Harley was the unofficial and very young campaign manager of Mayor Bob Buckhorn's successful victory over Rose Ferlita.

The Calvert Street group is run by Darden Copeland. CSG has been accused of being an Astroturf group for its opposition to the redevelopment of the Nolensville Pike fairgrounds. Copeland helped ran fundraising for Rep. Dick Gephardt's political action committee. Copeland went on to work on the Al Gore presidential campaign and later worked with former Bill Clinton with pollster Stan Greenberg.

Copeland is someone that could teach Harley political activism on a national scale. I wish Harley the best in Nashville. Her next stop might be the District of Columbia.

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