File this one under ‘not helping.’
The Pa. College Democrats this week leapt to the defense of Ann Mathew, who is coordinating state Rep. Brendan Boyle’s campaign in the competitive PA-13 congressional primary.
Mathew, 20, is a student at Temple University.
The website Keystone Politics ran a piece Tuesday titled, Why Is a 20-Year-Old Running Brendan Boyle’s Campaign?
While there’s no doubt Ms. Mathew’s political skills must be very impressive for her young age, we do have to wonder why Representative Boyle’s campaign has been unable to attract a more experienced political hand* with a few more House campaigns under her belt.
The Pa. College Dems took umbrage in a press release under the heading “Why Not Hire a 20 Year Old to Run Your Campaign?”
“No wonder young people find disillusion with politics; they are laughed off as young, inexperienced, and unqualified, even by their progressive allies,” said Dylan Morpurgo, Pennsylvania College Democrats’ (PACD) Eastern VP, in reaction to the article.
“Young people are the future of this commonwealth and should be given the opportunity to prove themselves,” the release says.
The full PACD statement is here.
Boyle is running against physician Valerie Arkoosh, state Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montco) and former Congresswoman Marjorie Margolies for the seat of Rep. Allyson Schwartz. It appears the campaign will the second most high profile primary in Pa. in 2014, behind only the Governor’s race.
Why isn’t the College Dems statement helpful? Most campaigns are anything but eager to see those kinds of headlines about staff.
In Boyle’s case, the headline about Mathew’s age followed several changes in recent weeks.
His previous Finance Director and former spokesperson left the campaign in July and later took a position with Schwartz for Governor. In a transition that Boyle said was, “no change in the original plan,” his DC-based consulting firm 4C Partners shed its fundraising duties and retracted to media consulting.
At present, the highest ranking staffer on team Boyle is Finance Director Adam Erickson. Mathew’s title is Campaign Coordinator and she serves as campaign spokesperson. The rest of Boyle’s campaign, for the most part, is a group of college students who work as interns and sometimes staff.
No one has the title of campaign manager.
As an editorial note, in PoliticsPA’s dealings with Mathew she easily has matched the professionalism of her colleagues in the campaign world.
She did not comment for this story.
*The KP piece originally referred to Mathew as Boyle’s Campaign Manager, based on PoliticsPA’s mislabeling of her title in an earlier article. Her correct title is Campaign Coordinator.