Presidential Race Analysis
While California’s brief moment of super-relevance may be over, there’s still plenty to talk about in this year’s presidential race. The Sacramento Press Club had a fascinating analysis of the race to date, and what could happen next. We were joined by former Sacramento-area Congressman Doug Ose, a supporter of Donald Trump, Rob Stutzman, founder of the #NeverTrump group, Ben Tulchin, the San Francisco-based pollster for Bernie Sanders, and Buffy Wicks, Hillary Clinton’s director for California.
Rob Stutzman is founder and president of Stutzman Public Affairs, a Sacramento-based firm specializing in campaigns, communications and crisis management. Stutzman was coordinating #NeverTrump, an independent effort to defeat Donald Trump in the California primary with fellow Republican consultant Ray McNally. Over 20 years, he has been at the center of some of California’s most epic policy and political events, including the last five governor’s races and numerous statewide ballot measures. Stutzman served as deputy chief of staff for communications to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Ben Tulchin, pollster for the Bernie Sanders for President campaign, is the founder and president of Tulchin Research. Tulchin has provided research and consulting services to a wide range of clients nationally, including government agencies, candidates for elected office, ballot measure campaigns, labor unions, non-profits, corporations and foundations. He has directed polling operations for candidates at all levels. His clients have included former DNC Chairman and presidential candidate Howard Dean, former California Gov. Gray Davis, LG Gavin Newsom and the California Assembly Democratic Caucus.
Buffy Wicks is state director of the Hillary Clinton for President campaign. She was one of the first hires of President Obama’s 2008 campaign, where she spearheaded innovative strategies for grassroots mobilization. She ran state operations for the President’s 2008 campaign in California, Texas and Missouri. Wicks later worked as deputy director of the White House Office of Public Engagement and was the campaign director for Common Sense Kids Action’s California Kids Campaign. She has roots in the Sacramento area, was born in nearby Forest Hill and is a graduate of Placer High School.
This was also our annual scholarship luncheon, where the Sacramento Press Club awarded $34,000 in scholarships to aspiring journalists.