Arkansas Democrats selected businessman Vincent Insalaco of North Little Rock as their new party leader at the state committee meeting in Springdale on Saturday.
Former Arkansas Democratic Party Chairman Will Bond announced in late July that he would step down from the position. On the heels of that announcement, Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe quickly backed Insalaco as Bond’s successor.
Now that he officially runs the party, Insalaco is charged with helping Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor — one of the most endangered incumbents of the 2014 cycle.
Last week, Natural State Democrats also announced that Patrick Burgwinkle, most recently of the Democratic National Committee, joined the state committee as the communications director. He succeeds Candace Martin, who is now the party’s executive director.
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The Louisiana Democratic Party launched a new program last week called “Campaign for Louisiana” and named Andrew Zucker as its communications director.
The goal is to boost Louisiana Democrats, namely Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, who is up for re-election in 2014.
Zucker worked on President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign, for the AFL-CIO in Ohio, the Ohio Democratic Party and as press secretary on Democratic Sen. Edward J. Markey’s 2013 Massachusetts special election campaign.
“[Andrew’s] experiences working on winning campaigns will help guide Sen. Landrieu and the rest of our ticket to victory in 2014,” Louisiana Democratic Party Executive Director Stephen Handwerk said in a statement.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.