Regular readers will know that I've been running promos about our Phoblog Boston Reporters. And their big week starts Monday. So here are some brief introductions and biographies of our first two special guests:
Rocky Fernandez, Political Director, California Young Democrats:
My name is Rocky Fernandez and I'm from Castro Valley, CA. I'm currently the Political Director of the California Young Democrats, in addition to a bunch of other roles in my local Democratic Party.
I'll be out in Boston to enjoy the atmosphere, take part in trainings, meet other young Democrats from around the nation, and promote the hell out of YDA by the Bay, next year's national Young Democrats convention to be held in San Francisco.
I hope to get somewhere near the Boston harbor so that I can live out one of my life-long dreams-chucking some tea in the water like our founding fathers so bravely did in opposition of King George. This year, it seems so appropriate.
Jim Pinkerton, Columnist, Newsday; Fox News Contributor:
James P. Pinkerton has been a columnist for Newsday since 1993. Prior to that, he worked in the White House under presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush, and also in the 1980, 1984, 1988, and 1992 Republican presidential campaigns. [Ed.note - see, we're fair and balanced, we got a Fox News dude blogging for us.]
Pinkerton is the author of What Comes Next: The End of Big Government-And the New Paradigm Ahead. He is also a contributor to the Fox News Channel and a Fellow at the New America Foundation in Washington DC. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, Fortune, The New Republic, National Review, and Slate.
Alix Rosenthal, Deputy City Attorney, First-timer:
Alix Rosenthal, former President of the San Francisco Elections Commissions, recently because a Deputy City Attorney for a large Bay Area city.
A native of Claremont, California, Alix is also an alumna of Emerge: women leaders for a Democratic future, a program for Bay Area women with a mission to identify, educate, and inspire Democratic women who want to pursue elective office at the local and state level in California. This is Alix's first trip to a national party convention, and she's along for the ride and - like any good politico - the networking.
Ed "Ed!" Espinoza, DNC, General Party Fixture:
Ed Espinoza was elected to the Democratic National Committee in May in San Diego. A former President and National Committeeman of the California Young Democrats, Ed has been involved in party politics since, well, forever.
Ed hails Long Beach, making him Phoblog's across-the-bridge neighbor, and currently works for America Coming Together in Washington, DC.
More to come . . . .