Newsweek has a profile piece on DNCC CEO Leah Daughtry focusing on the roles of religion and politics in her life and her work to date with the Party’s Faith in Action Initiative.
Daughtry is unknown outside Washington, but within the world of Democratic politics, the “black chick from Brooklyn,” as she calls herself, is a powerful player. In her job as chief of staff of the Democratic National Committee—No. 2 to Chairman Howard Dean—she runs the party’s day-to-day national strategy. Daughtry is also in charge of planning the Democratic convention next summer in Denver. But as she sees it, that’s nowhere near as daunting a challenge as her efforts to shake Democrats free of their image as a faith-averse party whose candidates care about “values voters” only in an election year. “We’re not talking about changing the party’s platform,” she tells NEWSWEEK. ” But there’s a way that we can explain ourselves and present ourselves that will resonate better.”