A change at the top of Pritzker’s campaign

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As a senior political adviser to Pritzker, Fulks headed up Vote Yes for Fairness, the ballot initiative committee the governor funded to try to pass his graduated income tax amendment. Before that, he was Pritzker’s deputy campaign manager during his 2018 run. Fulks’ D.C. career kicked off with an internship with House Democratic Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland. He later worked closely with Anne Caprara, Pritzker’s chief of staff, at left-leaning political groups like Emily’s List and Priorities USA.

“Quentin has been instrumental in our work to put Springfield back on the side of working families and make incredible progress for the people of Illinois. I’m so thankful to have had him on my team these past few years working to advance our Democratic values and I can’t wait to watch him continue to fight for the people of his home state of Georgia. I consider him family and I wish him the best of luck,” said Pritzker in a statement.

Ollen is a veteran of several U.S. Senate and presidential campaigns, according to the statement: He’s worked for Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and New Hampshire Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan, plus a long list of other political gigs around the country, according to his LinkedIn. 

He’s joining a re-election effort that has a hefty war chest: Campaign finance records show the governor has close to $33 million in the bank and likely more where that came from—largely the billionaire governor’s own pocket—to fend off the Republican challengers already lined up.

“With Mike at the helm, I know we will build a robust operation that is not only going to keep the governor’s office blue, but also make sure we’re electing Democrats up and down the ticket across Illinois to keep moving our state in the right direction,” the governor said. 

via Crain’s Chicago Business

July 23, 2021 at 01:43PM

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